I've been getting equipment ready for Libby's use: Arick's saddle had previously been used for riding a draft horse, so the latigo (that's the strap you use to tighten up the saddle) was too long to secure the saddle onto little Libby; yesterday we bought a shorter one. We had to hunt around the barn for a bit that was small enough for her, too. I know you're supposed to use a snaffle bit for breaking, but the two snaffles I have don't fit my filly. Cliff worked on a headstall to get it the right size, and I do believe we're ready to go now.
I bought a ridiculously cheap saddle on Ebay last winter to put on Libby when I ponied her beside Blue, but it really never did fit her right (that's what I get for buying "cheap", huh?). Since Arick isn't using his saddle... except on Libby... this rig will do nicely until I find out whether I want to invest in equipment for her.
While I had her looking so fit and ready, I decided to see if I could sit on her.
Yep. No problem. The only problem was, she wouldn't move, and I didn't have anybody around to encourage her (that's why there's no picture). But at least I can say I've been on her now. I was very impressed at the way she stood still as a statue while I mounted and dismounted. Believe me, that's a plus!
On another horsey note, when Cliff and I were taking our walk, we saw three birds (cowbirds perhaps) sitting on Blue's rump; he stopped grazing once, and looked around at them, then went back to grazing. Of course, I didn't take my camera today.