I've been waiting for this day - I've been anxious to get here but apprehensive as well. I walked about 3 miles this morning, at a better pace than before and with fewer rest breaks - I'm still slow but improving. Then this afternoon, I groomed (including picking feet) and saddled Pie and took him to the arena. The footing in the arena is pretty bad - hard and packed - but we made do. I led Pie around for a few minutes, and then got on. Pie stood like a statue for me to mount - my leg strength isn't up to par but was enough for me to get on. Then we did a bit of work at the walk, for about 10 minutes or so. Good Pie! We'll keep working at the walk until I feel up to trotting, and I'll start riding Drift and Dawn once I'm feeling stronger riding Pie. In the meantime, Dawn can lunge and Drift and I can do some leading and possibly some clicker work.
Here are a few pictures my husband took. Pie is ready to go - am I?
Some walk work - I didn't ask very much of either one of us:
Pie gives us the Pie face to let us know he isn't impressed:
I'm very grateful to have made it to this point and to have this milestone behind me.