Yesterday was my first day at the barn. Never in my life have I been so excited about scooping poop. I was probably a bit weird since I was the girl that was excited about poop... But nonetheless, I learned how to muck out the stalls, feed the horses and brush them down. It was a lot of work but I still enjoyed learning about a world that I really had no idea about.
Next, I had the chance to work with one of the horses. I got to do some trust exercises with the horse by rope, weaving him in and out of cones in a walk and then a trot. Then it was time to get on. I surprised myself by not being nervous. A rather unusual thing for me. I got right onto the horse (bareback) and then was lead around the arena, cutting back and forth with sharp turns. While we were walking around I had to do certain things such as reach his tail, his ears, and ride with no hands. It was strange how comfortable I became. I was so comfortable so quick that at one point the horse stumbled and I was reassuring the horse instead of freaking out about the horse almost falling!
I know one session with the horses doesn't make me an expert or even a "real" rider, but I'm excited about making one of my dreams come true. Going after opportunities seems to be working rather well and it is allowing me to meet some really cool people too!