Sunday, October 17, 2010

What was so special about today?

When I got up this morning and saw the sun
coming through the trees into the fog,
I knew it was going to be a special day.

Why so special you ask?

Because PARKER got to ride Libby today.
And when we trotted,
he giggled a lot!
(It looks like we are going hell bent for election,
but actually we were doing a slow trot!)
Then it was Briann's turn,
and she kept saying:
"run," "run,"
her version of 'trot'.
So we did,
and she giggled all the way!
(Libby trots ever so gently with the kids and me on her.)
Parker does not normally wear pink,
but my helmet was way to big, 
and since Briann had her BIKE helmet with her
they wore that.
(I KNOW, bike helmets are not proper gear! But it fit and better than no protection!)
The kids had so much fun!
Here is Briann and her mom patiently waiting her turn.
Parker and his mommy.
Then the unexpected happened!
My youngest Son Cameron, wanted to ride.
So here I am giving direction as to what to do
because she is so light on her cues, I 
wanted him to totally understand that.
AND Because of his foot wear, 
He was not allowed to use the stirrups either.
So he was 'horsin' around and Libby was being such a sweetheart.

And here is Father and Son!
Riding "MY" horse!
Yes, I knew today was going to be special!
Because LIBBY has made it so!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Dreams REALLY do come true!

Me and my Granddaughter
She is turning into quite the little
cow girl!

Riding my painted pony!
Who is so patient and kind.

Yes, My dream!

Thursday, October 14, 2010

R U Ready for Halloween?

Libby Is!

Looked at dad for help!
He told her he was "sorry"!
Is she thinking "&itch"?

"If I would of known,
I wouldn't of cantered up to see what "mom" was doing!"
"Umm....does not hamper my favorite past time."

Lilly was not to happy with Libby!
You think it is her costume?
Libby loved the attention.
Suppose to get a storm front move in,
so if there is rain, she will be all white again.
Or maybe marbled...

Monday, October 11, 2010

Horsey fun day!

Go grab a cup of coffee, 
(I had to in order to write this.)
I'm gonna tell you a story
about two little kids
that I hope, have horses in their soul!
(Thanks to me, GRAMA!)
For a week, Briann has been talking about
"riding horsey's"
and not the ole Wal-Mart kind either.
For all my efforts of getting Briann to love horses,
It took a FAIR PONY to
install the "love" portion of the almighty equine!
She Loved that pony ride.
Of course 'nana' had to see her ride, and bought her
and extra ticket!
So something reminded her of riding, and all she could do is 
talk about it.
So, Saturday
Briann and Cody, (her older brother) came out
with their parents.
I asked Briann if she wanted to ride Libby, and
I had to run to keep up with her going out to the pasture.
She patiently watched me saddle her up.
and the minute I got her in the saddle, 
she was ear to ear grin!
(I don't have a childs helmet and so she is wearing mine,
because some protection is better than none!)
I walked her around,

and around,
and around.
Posed for some pictures.
Had to talk her leg off, to get her to agree to let her brother ride too.
 See this child?
Look at those stirrups!
One more inch and his legs will be as long as mine!

At this point, Libby was following so well. 
She was being such a good girl.
So I took the lead rope off.
She followed me as if I still had it.

Back and forth,
Right and left.
She stayed right with me.
Then on the way back to the gate, 
I got a hair brained idea to see if she would trot if I ran.
I was not worried about Cody falling off.
He has ridden before,
and he had a foot in each stirrup and a hold of the horn.
AND....Libby has a soft trot!

He started laughing so hard!
The joy in him melted my heart!
I did this several times across the pasture,
because Cody kept saying
"Trot some more! That was FUN!"
And he sat his seat well.
I think he will be a natural!
Look at that grin!
Pose once more!
Finally, "I" was getting bored with the pasture,
so we decided to take a walk.....
Had to stop and show off for Papa....
Enjoying our time together.

This day, 
I had just as much fun as the kids.
(No, "I" did not get to ride
but that did not matter!)

After I got Libby to trot with Cody,
I tried it out with Briann.
For the life of me, 
no matter how much I clucked and ran ahead,
Libby looked at me...
and said:
"No way am I trotting with this precious cargo!"

Libby is worth her weight in gold!
(Well I knew she was before this).

After Cody and I got back to the pasture, 
So I turned him loose on Libby.
He guided her around, and 
gently squeezed to make her walk.
I kept an eye on him, 
gave him some pointers
(from my lesson days)
and since
she neck reins, his slightest 
movement to turn her worked.
I had a halter on her because 
I did not want him accidently hurting her mouth with a bit.
I need not of worried because
He was ever so gentle with her.

When Libby was all done giving rides,
I unsaddled her and 
whenever we ride, 
we go to the lean to to get some treats.
So I did not want her loose with two little kids around.
I put Briann on bareback.
I put Cody on behind Briann.
Libby walked ever so gently with those two kids
on her, bareback.
It was awesome!
I had, "mom" walk along side
just in case anything were to happen, 
she could grab each kid by an arm.
But I should not have worried.
So no pics of both kids on her.

 Yes, I am blessed.
I thank God every night I go to bed,
that I am able to finally have a horse,
to be able to enjoy her to the fullest extent
with my grand kids!

Now to get Parker on the horse!