I have just learned how to layer textures in Photoshop and this is my second attempt. I took a ten minute free tutorial at "Kim Klaussen's Cafe" and used her texture "More Magic". I'm thinking of making this into a poster for my daughter's bedroom wall. She is riding her (our) horse, Oberon.
and just so my other daughter won't feel left out, I have her with my horse, Sebastian
I found a heart-warming testimony about the importance of horses in a girl's growing up years. Click HERE to read it.
Both of my daughters are coming along real well with Oberon on ground work and riding lessons. Neither one of them have cantered yet and are mighty competitive about who will be the first one. I feel it will be happening soon for both of them. I rode Oberon on the trial all by ourselves, away from the herd and he was fantastic. Didn't hurt that we had done quite a bit of work in the arena. I rode in my dressage saddle and really liked how I sat in than as opposed to the "All Purpose" saddle. I guess I like to ride with my legs a bit longer.
I think I will be riding Sebastian within a month or so as he is coming along very nicely under his (and my) trainer, James Cooler. Sebastian responds to leg pressure quite well and a very gentle touch on the reins (many times he is ridden with a rope halter). Sebastian is coming along with the canter, but we have to remember he is just a "baby" and getting used to his long legs - he;s like a "gangly" teenager.
Oh, and by the way, here is a link to the Cooler Horsemanship February Newsletter. This is the place where my daughters and I board, ride, and take lessons with my horses.