Howdy, guys! It's been a hot minute since I've really been able to post much. My daughter's almost two and a half (!!!!!!!) and I'm finally allowing myself some 'me' time, in the form of horses. It's been a LONG time since I've really ridden. I've done a few walk/trot trail rides since my last big fall, but the last time my butt was in a saddle was the summer of '15. I've gained a lot of weight (which is a battle that I'm tackling) and I'm really worried that my balance isn't gonna be what it was. I'm worried that I'm gonna make a stupid mistake and fall again. I'm worried about the entire thing, honestly. But I know I need it. I went and visited my mom's best friend's horses last week and it sealed the deal. So after a LOT of searching (the Albany, NY area is AWFUL) I finally found a barn that does western lessons. On top of that, they also do year-round trail rides! I'm gonna take a trail ride there either this weekend or early next week, depending on the weather, and see what I think of the horses and the facility, and hopefully be able to take consistent lessons again! This is gonna be a post to document my progress. I'm gonna ask now, well in advance, to not critique my form at first. There's a lot of anxiety going into this and I know I'm not going to be in top form. But I do want to share them, mostly so I can look back on them and think- wow, I did this. Okay, done blabbering now. <3 Thank you guys for following along! PS: I attached a picture of the first time I took lessons, because if there's one thing I've learned on this site- a thread is nothing without pictures!