riding a lovely mare, Nelly. Was offered her as a project Nov 26 and started riding November 29, I've ridden at least 8 times in the month, maybe more (must start better record keeping) and while most have been short rides (it's been COLD) things are going very nicely. Nelly is a sweet mare with a gentle mindful soul and she is willing to work hard when she understands what she is being asked to do. I am enjoying the process of becoming more mindful as a rider. We strive for excellence (in as far as two still old ladies are capable) of each stride - after a long lazy warm up. We are getting there.