He decided to use Pistol for his first post-surgery ride. She is steady and low to the ground, unflappable and strong. Brett wasn't sure how his knee would feel and how well he would be able to swing his leg over the saddle.
Pistol was thrilled to help. She turned around repeatedly to thank Brett while he worked to remove the mud from her hair and dreadlocks from her mane.
Mounting was a piece of cake. Pistol stood perfectly still while Brett swung his leg over and settled into the saddle. They walked around the pasture, both smiling and enjoying themselves.
When Brett asked Pistol to trot she immediately obliged.
Brett nudged her into canter and she hesitated a moment as if to say, "Are you sure?" Brett asked again and off they went into Pistol's lovely rocking horse canter.
Brett said the muscles on the inside of his knee felt a bit weak and sore, but otherwise he felt good. I think they looked great together.
Brett put Pistol back in the pasture and Lucy immediately came over, nuzzled Pistol, and asked "What are you so happy about? Did you get extra treats?"