Lily and I went for our first ride together at my place yesterday. She just took everything in stride and I am pretty pleased (after day two) of how well she is adjusting. But ride one is always tricky (I had ridden her twice before she came here) and I had a new experience.
Lily doesn't have well defined whithers which (I learned) can cause a saddle to slide. So I worked hard to get it cinched up which between stick rollers on my girth and a little puffing was quite the task.
I go to mount and she starts walking off as the saddle is sliding down her side. UGH! So more adjusting and I get the saddle straight then a few more tries and she is still walking off. After a few minutes, she gets the idea that I might be more patient that she is silly and I manage to climb up (all 14 hands worth) without my saddle falling over and the brand new horse walking out from underneath me.
After our initial troubles we had a great ride and I was really pleased with just the simple work we can do. Elisia is coming Sunday AM to give me a lesson. We had another ride today-I got smart and last night used a little WD40 to get the rollers on my cinch working properly! It was a short but great ride, I am really looking forward to getting in shape-but not to being sore the next couple of days!