08-10-2012, 03:58 AM
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First photo: My oldest daughter on a horse we bought for two hundred dollars, because you couldn't pick his back feet up unless you had a death wish. Not only is he shod all around now, that's a dog swimming behind him. And that daughter? Certified in equine search and rescue in King and Snohomish counties with that 'worthless' horse.
Second photo: My ex boyfriend's daughter, only 3 total years riding, now qualified for state fair on the white horse, and riding the bay to get him ready for my more timid daughter to ride next year.
Third photo: Timid daughter on the horse that's worth his weight in gold, smiling, cantering, and knowing she's going to get last place because he hates performance, but doing her absolute best. Oldest daughter taught this horse to game. He's amazing.
Fourth photo: Youngest daughter, riding a horse that was dropped in our lap when we weren't looking, who wouldn't pick up his left lead, and reared if you made him work. Probably the second most valuable horse we own now, after all of her hard work. (She works to pay for her lessons from our trainer, and not only can that horse game and win, he can slow it right down and do performance, and is a DREAM on the trail.)
Fifth photo:Oldest daughter on the icelandic horse that I started. I hated him when my mom bought him (he kicked out at my head) but now, he's getting reds in gaming, which is not easy around here, and doing just great! Ex boyfriend's daughter taught him to game.
Sixth photo: Youngest daughter on the same icelandic horse. He dumped her, and broke her arm once, but she got back on (with cast, with doctor's permission) and taught him a thing or two about how NOT to go for the gate.
Last photo: Two of my girls, and one of my 4-h'ers, at a show. The 4-h'er could barely ride the deadest of horses last year, but is getting reds in her riding classes this year, and got reserve in showmanship at her last show.
There will always be 'A Girl and Her Horse'.
We all trail ride, how else could we relax and stay sane? Although many of the trails I rode as a child are gone, many more are still there, and we still ride them. Through the back country horsemen of washington, we fight to keep our trails open. There is likely a back country horsemen group near you, why not join?