I decided to hand walk her over all the poles first, I think I heard an audible sigh from my long suffering trainer as my brand new steed jumped the single pole on the ground like a gazelle then spun around me in a circle while snorting.
And thus I went for a riding lesson and got a lesson in leading.
Sadly I eventually had to get on and my trainer proceeded to kick my butt. It's been a while since I've ridden something green, and I've been taking it easy with her. A big reason I wanted a lesson for deciding to purchase her was that I knew my trainer would push all of her and my buttons and if there was going to be a meltdown it was going to be here.
Despite being in a new environment, being asked to do new things, and being worked WAY past her (and my!) fitness level she did great! She'd hesitate and see if I was really quite serious, and then trundle onward.
Here's a video!
So yesterday I made my purchase, money was exchanged for paperwork, and I am once again a horse owner.
OH GOD what have I done.