1. PA LOVES horses. Well PA loves all animals. This was her first experience with horses & I was sure that she would be intimidated with their size, but NO, she was good with the fact that she was the size of one of their legs. She had no fear.
2. I already knew she was terrified of flies. I was afraid of the reaction to the flies and was not disappointed. She was fine when she was around the horses she did not notice them, but just walking around the ranch well it was meltdown time. It was almost funny how she is fine with a huge animal like a horse, but little fly landing on her or ant crawling on her was too much.
3. PA becoming so relaxed on a horse took me by complete surprise. WOW, she got on the horse (bareback) and as soon as she was on the horse well her shoulders & whole body relaxed, she took a deep breath & looked like she would fall asleep right there on the horses back. She leaned over & hugged the horse. It surprised me because I have never seen her do that with anything. I have seen her relaxed but not like that. It was surreal and made me smile. She came alive on that horse.
4. Again (this is worth repeating), PA is terrified of bugs in general… That night & the days following have been full of PA saying “A BUG! A BUG!” Every speck of dirt every piece of string on the floor is a bug. In fact, Sat. night she woke up in the middle of the night screaming “An Ant! Ant is on me! Get it off!” It has been rather unnerving hearing her scream every couple of minutes. I am beginning to think she is hallucinating because she says they are under her skin. I am not sure if she will be able to get over this to able to ride on a regular basis. I am going to do my best to try to get her to be able to tolerate bugs so she can ride.
This is PA & her 16yr old sister Shann..