So with this mid-year anniversary already passing us at lightning speed, I've taken a moment to reflect on where we started and where we are headed. It is kind of humbling, to look back at all the blog posts and see what kinds of issues we were having, or what kind of things we considered "wins" for that particular ride.
|Throwback to when I was convincing myself|
Annie not loading was a good thing.
It's not to say that we won't have games of emotional tug o war, wherein one day we can (for example) trot without spooking at something and the next day we spook at everything. Mostly 'cause, horses are horses and every day is always different.
But seeing her become a more respectable citizen in the equine community is reassuring and it makes me excited for the prospective future.
Respectable and rideable.
I remember taking some videos when I first got Annie, mostly for myself to glean some comparisons on and to "look back and laugh" at how uncoordinated and awkward we both were.
|January - first ride|
The funny thing about each photo, is that they were cherry-picked at the time and toted as our "new normal" or our "new progress". Each new lesson we take, or ride we do, the "new normal" molds and changes.
And while the last July photo is one of my favorite, it isn't how we consistently travel. I mean, baby horse has to learn about holding herself up and activating all these new muscles. But, it's a far cry from what our "best" looked like in February.
|The happiest mash face in all the land.|
All of these things are falling into place and it just feels like the start of something really, really good.