When the horse is ready...
People often ask how do I know when a horse is ready to ride and I'll tell them, "The horse will tell me."
Today I was working with Sally a mare who has some riding experience but carried a lot of containment and obedience. In our Conversations I opened the door for her to purge... and there was a lot she had to say. So her time here has been working on her learning to be able to express herself in a reasonable way without being obedient and then hyper-reactive.
Today I was ground driving her for the first time and she was just really with me; it was soft, she was willing, curious, and interested.
The oncoming storm was looming overhead but I didn't wanna stop and take time to saddle her up, so instead, I decided to hop on her for the first time.