So today, we were in town and I decided today was the day that I was going to get on my horse for the first time. I have had the girls for a year, but was very nervous to get on the old mare bareback (they said she was an awesome rider). I bought 2 saddles in the last month, blankets, pads, and bought reins and what not. Oh and she uses a hackamore - so I could use the halter and reins. So I got home and pulled the old mare out - brushed her, saddled her, and RODE her!!! She was a dream. I still (4 hours later) have not quit grinning that I have my own horse that I can ride!!! Not far and not hard, but that is fine with me!!!! Here are a couple pics that DH took from our front porch! So then I really decided that I was going to push my luch and see what I could do with Vernie - my paint mare, that we have NO history on..... so I brought her out, brushed her, and tried a saddle pad - she didn't care - so then I tried the bareback saddle pad - didn't care - tried it with the cinch hanging hitting her legs when she walked - still no reactions of being scared. So I put the saddle on her - she was a DREAM!!!!!!! So then I decided to cinch her up - Still did not care!!! Looks like I will be able to hopefully finish her up this spring to start riding her within the next couple months----- I am so stoked!!!