Where to begin? I grew up around it so I was always doing stuff I had no business doing..Especially with my sister, aka partner in crime, now I look back and just shake my head..What the hell were we thinking?
We'd go on a "Moonlight trail ride" together, which consisted of sneaking out of the house and going to get my horse and her pony..We'd ride over to a HUGE cotton field after they had plowed it for planting and just FLY across that field. Bareback or with a saddle..Didn't matter and we didn't care..
One of my favorite things to do on a trail ride or parade would be to sit backwards in my saddle..On Hickory the king of attitude..and thought it was FUNNY when he'd try to get me off or try to run away.. Geez..Not the brightest idea.
We'd jump logs and things..One day I was on one of our old trusty geldings that was a babysitter..I was determined this horse was going to jump this big log..I tried and tried to get him to and he just wouldn't do it..I found myself a stick and MEANT he was going over the log..So he takes off with a little stick encouragement and stops dead in his tracks in front of the log, I fly over his head and land in a heap of bushes on the other side..I was NOT happy..but I was even more embarrassed because it had been in front of Holly and she was literally laughing so hard she was falling out of her saddle.
Holly and I would trail ride and we'd have to cut through the big cotton field to get to the trail..Well..There was a big turn in the field on the way home and we'd race until we got to the turn.. Holly was on her pony so I'd always win and 60% of the time her pony would come around the corner after me riderless..I'd take my gelding around the corner and Holly'd be walking around the corner covered in dirt yelling "I HATE that pony!!" and I'd have to put Holly double on my gelding to ride home and get her pony (Who always just ran home and stood at the gate) and she'd ride right back out to the corner and make Midnight (pony) do what she wanted.
We'd ride double bareback everywhere talking and joking..Trying to jump things that way and racing others that way..
There was this kid that lived about a mile from us and he'd meet us every so often on his bike and we'd race him down the dirt road..Didn't even watch to see if a car was coming or anything like that..I just had to beat that crap talking kid on his bike..
We'd try all kids of trick rider stunts, whatever we saw on movies we had to try it. jumping sidesaddle, standing in our saddles and walking around..A lot of the time it never worked out but that didn't phase us from trying it anyway. I was able to run up behind Holly's pony and jump over her butt to play Roy Rogers..
We'd have ALL kinds of plays with the horses..Complete with stage setup.. We'd write a little script and dress up, along with dressing up the horses.. I was usually the speaker or whatever and Holly and her little friend, Amanda, would dress up as like fairies or something along with the ponies we had and act it out..
This pony put up with more crap from us than any horse I've ever seen.. She would put Holly in the dirt occasionally but other than that she stood there or did whatever we wanted to her and never protested anything.. We ALL cried when she died a few years ago..Our dad called while we were at a horse show and told my stepmom he had seen Midnight lying down so he rode over and she had died that morning after we left for the horse show..Holly had went and gave her loves before pulling out for the horse show..sad day for us..
My laptop is at my dad's..I wish I had it with me, there are a ton of old pictures of our crazy ideas when we were younger..
I'm still guilty of doing a few things I shouldn't be doing..Especially with Hickory because he just lets me do whatever I want with him...I still stand up on Lark bareback..A week or so ago I finally got the guts to try to back flip out of my saddle, which I can now do pretty confidently..I ride around bareback and bridleless.. At least now I'm more confident and know how to handle those situations.. I'm not a reckless kid running around..Most of the time