Yesterday afternoon was Stan's first riding lesson. Stan is a gentleman who lives out here on the ranch. He and his wife are from back east and have settled here to retire. Stan is pretty active. He walks everyday for about 4 miles. He heard that there were other on the ranch that had been enjoying trail rides with me and he wanted to get in on it... trouble is he hasn't ridden sense the 1970"s. Yesterday was the first time he had been in the saddle sense then. So I taught him the safe way to mount a horse. He was surprised how hard it was to get his leg up in the stirrup.. like I said he is very active for his age and he thought that it would be no part of nothing... once he was in the saddle I just led him around so he could get the feel of the horse's rhythm. I think that this is one thing that most folk don't take the time to feel when they are learning to ride.. To get your body in sync with the horse is very important, especially when we start to go faster, the trot and the canter, so we took our time and just went at a walk.. the lesson was for only and hour, most folk starting out can't go much longer then that, and after Stan could feel that there were some muscles that he has not use in a long time if ever.. So he is determined to work on those muscles in order to do this... Will be fun to see his progress..
Took the hay trailer back to my buddy in Deming, will go back next week to pick up another 8 ton of hay.
Has been very hazy around here because of the fires that are raging in AZ. Makes for a pretty sunset but sure is getting hard on the eyes..
Time for Coffee..
Will try and keep you updated with info on what the heck I'm doing with horses and music.