My daughter is a year and a half and very strong for her age. I only ride when she is away with her grandparents or my husband is home to watch her, as I don't have a saddle yet and don't trust the horses bareback with both of us. So, she's never seen me ride.
My husband came outside while I was riding about a week ago, with her in tow, to ask me something. She looked like she was in awe andhad a fit when he brought her back in. Now, she knows horses as the carrot eating things and won't say horse, just cow. But now she's gotten a little obsessed. The rocking horse that whinnies and makes clip clop noises that has been collecting dust for 6 months is now the latest and greatest thing. She will hold the reins on it instead of the handles and looks like she will about flip the thing with as hard as she likes to make it rock, and she will ride like that for as long as the clip clop and whinny sounds go, then stop, have me press the button, and continue.
So today I put her on my older paint mare who has more brakes than go, and just sat her there (while holding her of course) to see what she would do. She instantly grabbed her mane and tried pushing me away, saying No! And Mine! And clicking her tongue. Cracked me up. I'll seeif daddy will take a picture tomorrow, I didn't have enough hands to do it all! I don't think I was horse crazy til about 5! Good thing I already bought her some ponies to train for her in the next few years. ;)
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