This month I took a plunge and leased a horse. It is an inexpensive lease and I can only ride once a week, but for now it is ok. She is a nice horse and very calm. Her name is Honey and she is part Belgian. She is a bit lazy however and likes to get away with it. I have been having problems mounting lately too and have now fallen twice off the mounting block to my great embarrassment. The first time I didn't get enough leverage and came back down and my foot missed the block and I fell. The second time I rode I got on just fine, the third time my stirrup was too long and I once again didn't get high enough and fell off the block again. I think my confidence is a little shaken now. I need to practice mounting. My husband rode with me last time and is a little nervous because of that wretched horse Stanley we leased before. The lady who owns Honey told me to carry a riding crop with me. Not to actually use it but just to give Honey a little incentive not to be lazy. I feel kind of bad because after leasing Stanley that horse actually dreaded us showing up because we were riding him and making him work. I worry that Honey will start to dislike me too. I am not cruel to her in anyway. I want her to like me but I don't want her to walk all over me either.