This is not Dixie but she looks similar to her. My first lesson with horses was yesterday and my good friend Pat was my trainer.
I was amazed Dixie didn't eat me up. She was gentle even when we were not. Pat showed me how to brush the mud out of her coat and then let me do it. When she tackled the tail , though I have to admit I was nervous. I know how I hate to have someone brush the tangles out of my hair but Dixie didn't seem to mind. Pat was behind her and just pulling that comb through her tail and pulling hair and all out. I learned where the withers are (is that spelled right?). I leaned how to clean the hoofs and to put a bridle on and to lead the horse, not the horse leading me. I didn't get on Dixie this time, maybe next time. I don't even know if I could get my leg up that high. My husband seems excited that I'm learning about horses, too. He helped out on his Grandpa's farm on the summers so he knows all about horses and wouldn't mind going on some horse trails.