To enter games and fun along with other riders. My little 10 year
Year old brother gets bored at the house in the country with no
Friends of his age to play with, so I decided I would let him come
And watch. As I was riding in the arena with Amber, a new friend I
Made I was talking to, I noticed him in the stands outside of the
Arena watching attentively at the riders and horses having fun.
After I got out of the arena I asked my brother if he wanted to
Ride Chava (after I rode her a good while and got all the hyper-
Ness outta her!) and he said yes. Usually when we let him on
A horse, we lead the horse around while he hangs on to the
Saddle horn, I thought to myself...those days have got to go,
He's a big enough boy to learn to ride on his own now. After
Teaching him the basics of reining, stopping, and getting her
To walk, I let him ride her around our truck and trailer a few
Times by himself. He had problems reining and we had to
Keep telling him how to use his hands, but he finally got it
And was riding wherever he wanted to go on her, no fear
At all! :)
Later the games started, just a practice night (no ribbons to be
Won and no pay to enter!) and I made him walk around the
Barrels while I shouted what to do from the sidelines. I told
A lady this was his first time riding a horse all by himself and
She said he was doing fantastic! After he go to the last barrel,
I told him to make her trot by kicking her and make her come to
Me ( I told him if he was scared he could stop). Before I knew
It the kid had her in a fast trot, no fear at all looking as he'd
been riding forever! When he made it to me, he stopped her
And everyone broke out in applause. I was soooo PROUD!
Later that night, he would ride her around in a walk and trot
And go wherever he wanted (of course in eye view), pleased
With his self. He's a natural and really got some raw talent!
Now he can't wait to go out to the arena with us every Friday
and he is more than welcome!