Wednesday, March 10, 2010

WE DID IT!!!!!!

I knew I couldn't put it off any longer, so tonight I sucked it up and climbed on Gwen's back!!!

I took her into the ring so Coriander couldn't mug me but was right there on the other side of the fence.  Then I stood on the mounting block and climbed up on her bareback.

Of course it wasn't quite as straightforward as that, but it was pretty close.  I took it slow, starting by standing next to her shoulder on the block and rubbing her belly.  The first time I swung a leg over she was a little worried about it and stepped away.  But after that she stood like a stone.  I sat on her back, clicked, got right back off and gave her a treat.  I did that a few times and then finally gave her a treat while I was on her back.  She didn't seem bothered at all about me leaning forward over her neck so she could reach it.  She even took a few steps forward towards the fence quite calmly on her own while I was on her. I stayed up there long enough to give her treats from both sides and then I got off and put her up for the night.

PHEW!  Giant hurdle #1 is out of the way!  I'm not going to lie, I cried a little bit when I dismounted.  Yup, I was that happy!


  1. OMG! OMG! How wonderful!!! Awesome! Good for you and good for her! Yay, Gwen!! I am very happy for you both!!! Tears are completely acceptable! Geez, I may be tearing up..... :-)

  2. That's awesome!!

    Sounds like she did wonderfully. I'm really happy for you.


  3. Thanks so much for all of your support. Sometimes you don't realize you need cheerleaders until you get some!