After my recent "walk amongst the cows", this past Saturday I got the opportunity to go to a "real" sorting event with my Cowgirl Pals. We are "horse pooling" to the Flying M in Olympia, WA.
Bob, standing quietly while we wait for our ride. We'll meet the rest of the gang at the Flying M.
Upon arrival we registered and got saddled up. Rachel, my friend/trainer (frainer) in the background on Bob, Kyle on her horse Elbe. Since I'd only been to one "real" sorting in my past, Rachel took Bob out for his first run while I observed how it all worked. Unfortunately, I neglected to adjust the camera speed for these pictures so they're a little blurred.
Bob was intent on the cows, inside and also outside the pen when we waited for our next turn. As we sat outside I found he was still "on" them (if that's the right term). I could feel how tense he was. I'd reach down and pat his neck and tell him that it was ok. I liked that he immediately relaxed upon my touch; letting out a big horse sigh (I love those sighs).
I was tentative in asking Bob to respond on my first two rounds. We were clumsy together. Bob knew what to do but I was getting in the way. We weren't working as a team. I'm grateful for the guy outside the pen who spoke up a few times to give me helpful suggestions.
Bob and I soon found our stride. It just got better and better.
Bob and I afterwards, both happy with our experience.
A group shot.
Heading home after a great day, arriving late that night. It was comforting to see all the barn lights on and my husband who had stayed up, coming out to help unload Bob and all my gear. Thank you Cowgirl Pals! I had a great time.
The trials and tribulations of a 50+ women, living her life-time dream of having horses and living in the country.
Her attempts at various disciplines of riding, including sorting, trail, and performance.