Took Appley out by herself for the first time this year (she'd been turned away for winter, but has done plenty 'solo' last summer!). Erred on the side of caution and walked her up the road inhand (stupid steep blind bend, rush hour traffic ...) with the intent of clambering on once we're off road.
naughty appley! she's five now and feeling a bit teenagery it seems! the little fidget midget just would not stand nicely for me to get on using 'something' as a little step (i cannot vault on for the life of me!), so I had to resort to using the stirrup in the end 0 which i'd never done before without someone holding the other side as shes only 12.2 (at a push!), quite round, x wide saddle ... you see why i don't try this normally, right?
anyhoo - the saddle did not move! PHEWY!! (and thank you SBloom, saddle fitter extraordinaire!).
once onboard we met a mountainbiker, some dogs, walkers ... no probs
only two bouts of 'creativity' on Appley's part where she thought it could be marvellous fun to spin on a sixpence and try to change direction suddenly. luckily, all i had to do was turn her back the way she came and urge her on the 'right' way, bless her
all in all a success methinks