They walked out to the ring and once they got out there, Boo showed him how to walk around the horse and explained about how horses see. The conversation continued once he mounted and as they adjusted stirrups and talked about how to sit and how to use your feet in the stirrups.
She explained about reins, and how the mane is a good thing to grab onto because of the fat layer underneath... and then, with a line attached, she started the horse walking around in a circle so Z could get a feel for what riding a horse was like.
After a couple of rounds, they begain some balance exercises. Arms out to the side, both arms straight up, alternating arms up and down... ZBoy did very well!
The moved on to posting, which is what keeps your rear end from being bashed to death while riding. It's using your legs with the motion of the horse to ease the up and down motion. You stand up in the stirrups, legs bent and alternate between standing and sitting. It does, however, give your legs a heck of a workout!!! Z got so good at it that Boo decided to go ahead and let him start working on steering. She kept him on the line for a couple of rounds, telling him what to do to get the horse to go where he wanted him to, then removed the line and told Z to ride towards a light post, then turn left, ride to the gate, turn right, go right up to the fence, then turn again. It wasn't perfect, but by the time the lesson ended, Z could get Honey to go pretty much where he wanted him to go.
In fact, Boo was confident enough in ZBoy's progress to let him ride untethered all the way back up to the stable. There he dismounted, grinning like a fool, and he and Boo talked about his lesson and how well he did. He thanked Honey for his patience and Boo for her help, then accompanied me to the car, absolutely glowing with joy. We need to call next week to schedule the second lesson. Since this was his first time on a horse, they recommended separating the lessons by a bit to let his body recover because he was going to be sore! I want to make sure Darling Man gets to come next time (he had to work unexpectedly) because he NEEDS to see this.
We celebrated with lunch at Crispers - and he's STILL grinning!