I had my first solo ride with Chloe today, with Jon cheering me on. I groomed her and got her saddle and bridle on without a problem. Then took her out into the ring.
First we walked in a circle, so I could get a sense of how Chloe was feeling this afternoon. She was eager to be there and very responsive to me. Then we did the things we usually do when Eli is there giving directions. I had her voice in my head when I felt myself leaning to one side in the saddle or when I made other corrections. I also heard her smiling voice when we were trotting in rhythm up, down, up, down.
I was a bit tense today, so at one point I shrugged my shoulders forward and back then dangled my feet out of the stirrups to loosen my hips and move with Chloe’s step. Once I let her trot when I didn’t mean for her to. But I made her walk again when I realized it happened.
We did okay alone together for the first time. I feel nothing but joy at the thought of Chloe being in my life. There’s no tension or angst. We’re compatible, like old friends who are comfortable with each other.