Bluebell was very good at accepting blankets, saddles and tack last winter, but then she got spooked just one time and that was it; she told us “no more $#¤&* on my back thank you!” So we moved on to Windflower and she learned fast, or more correct; she taught us how to ride on her back.
When Alexandra returned from town today she asked me; “I think I can mount Bluebell today”, so we went down to the pasture.
Rule no 1.
A proud Nokota mare like Bluebell wants us humans to do things straight, the Lakȟóta way; no halters, bits, saddles or other fancy stuff. Bluebell decided not to make a big deal out of it, so Alexandra just mounted up, I say no more!
Some horse experts might consider Bluebell a dangerous horse and would never ever mount a horse that’s not properly subdued to accept all kinds of tack, but this is different. Nokota horses are known to think twice before they do anything hasty. I have never seen a more calm and focused horse (and girl). This is how a quite safe first mount should be.