“He’s pretty much bomb-proof,” Karen said of the horse’s steady disposition.
The Kaisers helped Mildred into the saddle using portable wooden stairs. Karen, who coincidentally is a geriatric nurse at the Good Samaritan Center, had Mildred sit on the saddle with both legs on the left side of the horse, then got some help putting her right leg over the front of the saddle.
Ashley, her boyfriend, Karen and Brenda Jeffers started out close, guiding the horse like a pony at a birthday party.
Soon they could tell that even after decades, Mildred knew what she was doing. She got the horse moving when he stopped or stopped him if the people on foot fell too far behind, turned right or left as needed and generally made a complete circuit of the farmhouse yard.
“You’re back in the saddle,” Brenda Jeffers called out to her mom.
“I’m back in the saddle again,” replied Mildred with a big grin, “but I’m going to be sore tomorrow.”
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