Do You Remember?

Do you remember your first horse? How did it happen? What were you thinking on that day? Did it lock you in the horse world forever?

For me, it did. My first horse as a green broke Appaloosa gelding james TJ! He was hard headed and a bit of a jerk but I remember! He was a Christmas present! He was to be brought to the house but the person to haul him lost their truck (stolen) the night before so my folks had to make some extravagant story to get me to the stable! He was in a stall with a half eaten ribbon around his neck! It made me one happy kid!!!!

Rachael and Tejas Jubilee, her first horse in 1993

Last night I had the extreme pleasure and being part of a girl and her first horse!!! I was here to whiteness the joy! She came out to “take a lesson on my new horse” then was told that Suzy Q was actually HER new horse!!!! The sheer joy rolling off that almost 15 year old girl was contagious!!!!! You guys, it helped me remember WHY I do what I do! Why I found a love of horses. Why I love seeing people/kids riding and learning all about horses!!!!!!

Amelia and her first horse Suzy Q! 6/13/2020

Do You Remember?

Do you remember your first horse? How did it happen? What were you thinking on that day? Did it lock you in the horse world forever?

For me, it did. My first horse as a green broke Appaloosa gelding james TJ! He was hard headed and a bit of a jerk but I remember! He was a Christmas present! He was to be brought to the house but the person to haul him lost their truck (stolen) the night before so my folks had to make some extravagant story to get me to the stable! He was in a stall with a half eaten ribbon around his neck! It made me one happy kid!!!!

Last night I had the extreme pleasure and being part of a girl and her first horse!!! I was here to whiteness the joy! She came out to “take a lesson on my new horse” then was told that Suzy Q was actually HER new horse!!!! The sheer joy rolling off that almost 15 year old girl was contagious!!!!! You guys, it helped me remember WHY I do what I do! Why I found a love of horses. Why I love seeing people/kids riding and learning all about horses!!!!!!

Some are just naturals!

I work with all ages of students to help them figure out how to become with the horse. Honestly, I could always use someone to coach me! We never stop learning! Someone asked me today, after watching one of my runs, what could I improve? I won the race that day but I still have things I need to work on! It as nice to converse over these things!

Some people just have a natural ability with riding. They automatically sit correctly and handle the reins correctly. They could go a year without sitting on a horse and they just click into place! I wish I was one of these people but I am not. I have to tell myself things like “heels down”, “shoulders back” “don’t lean in” etc. it’s a mantra that rotates in my brain!

My husband is a natural! He had never ridden this horse (Splash) and it was a new to us saddle. He got on and found buttons I didn’t know the horse even possessed. Jeff has always had a natural seat and soft hands! I was tickled to watch him ride today!!!! I think I finally have a horse that he will actually ride!!!!

My point is simple. Sometimes you have to work on yourself. Some folks just have a natural ability. We can work to become that natural with time in the saddle!