This morning Abigail had her second riding lesson. It was sooooo cold! It feels really good to be at the stables though and around the horses - and we are getting to know where everything goes and what we have to do!! First job was getting the brushes and giving the horse a good brush! Then Abigail got to clean the horses feet - the girl that works there showed her again how to do them and then Abigail got to do it!! Her horse this week was called Samaria :)
Abigail was given a different horse this week - a younger horse as the teacher felt Abigail was a good enough rider to control it - it proved a little difficult though as although Abigail is a good rider, she still lacks the confidence to show the horse who is boss! She needs to be a little more assertive! In the end they took the horses saddle off and had Abby riding bareback so she could feel the horse better and gain more confidence! Abigail preferred riding bareback :) By the end of the session she was doing better but still needs to gain more confidence!!
At the end of each session Abigail has to take her horse outside for food and groom her while she eats :) The brushes have to be cleaned and out away properly, the 'bit' has to be washed and the saddle and bridal have to be put back properly in the tack room! I love that she is learning all of this! That it isn't JUST riding, but learning how to care for a horse too!