Rachael Got on Belle for First Time

rachael on belleNovember 8, I believe it was, give or take a day.  Rachael got on Belle for the first time.  She is about 5 and a half or 6 years old.  Belle, that is, not Rachael.  Rachael has been getting her used to the saddle by free lunging her with a saddle and we’ve been leaning on her and getting her used to weight.  We stood her by the mounting block and Rachael, got on.  Rachael was pretty nervous.  Belle didn’t seem to care at all.  She did look back at her foot once, with a question mark bubble above her head.  We just let her stand there and digest things.  She took a few steps and then we circled the mounting block and Rachael got off.