The Terrified Girl
In that picture I am terrified. I really am. I am certain Merlin knew it. Patty had trailered Merlin from the stables and brought him to her farm. We rode from her property over to the large estate across the road, hundreds of acres and tractor roads in a beautiful place with views that wash all across the surrounding farmland and faraway Green Mountains in Vermont. It was a big step for me, that first ride. It probably took another two hundred miles in the saddle to be at ease and feel mildly competent in our relationship, temperments, and control.
I looked at this picture and smiled. I wrote back to Patty, "Look how scared I was!" and she wrote the best reply possible, the honest truth about achieving any goal...
"But you did it."