She usually rides gaited horses and I have a couple of those, so I got the shorter one out and saddled her up for Jan. We were having a nice ride and had went around the trails completely once and Jan asked if I wanted to go again and I was game! As we started out again, we stopped to talk a little bit about a new logging trail near my house that I'm very excited about. There aren't any trails that go in a complete loop. Everything ends at a swamp. But this new logging trail used to be an old road and we aren't positive yet, but I think I'm going to have about a 7 mile loop through the woods finally. Possibly two trails if I get the neighbors' permission to ride on their land in the second area they're logging, when it isn't hunting season.
Anyway, as we're sitting on the horses just chatting, all of a sudden Dixie gets it in her head that she's heading for home. She turns very quickly and Jan gets her stopped but the saddle is sideways a little. Jan's reflexes aren't what they used to be and her strength is diminishing unfortunately, but she managed to get the saddle upright again. So we start out again and I suggested we just keep moving and talking. Well, Dixie heard our other horse Kayla calling and Dixie turned for home again and the saddle was really sideways this time. Thank goodness for breast collars, because Jan would have been upside down! I quickly got off Corky and tried to push Jan up, but I just couldn't. So we got Jan down and I tried to get the saddle straightened back up, which I did, but the blanket was bunched wrong. Jan commented about this time that I had really nice horses considering all the commotion and they just stood there while I was trying to get things right again. I knew we couldn't get back on Dixie without completely resaddling her, so I suggested to Jan that she get on Corky.
Jan has trouble getting on and off horses because she needs a taller horse for her height, but her disability makes it hard to mount and dismount without a mounting block because of the height of the horse. Corky is about a hand shorter than Dixie and Dixie is about 14.1 or 2, but I told Jan "I think you can get your foot in his stirrup and then I'll push you up. You can ride him back and I'll walk Dixie back." Corky took it all in stride and I could tell Jan wanted to keep riding, so I told her to keep going and I would see her back at the house. As I was putting things away, Jan showed up on Corky.
|Jan on Corky!|
Maybe the ride wasn't what I expected today, but you never know! It was nice to get out with a friend!