Monday, December 12, 2011

The Gallop

Kendall came to see me yesterday while I was working on hanging a gate. She wanted to ride “her horse” and was letting me know. I told her I didn’t know how to tack Rain up, but she said she could do it. Sure enough, she walked back in the barn, grabbed a halter, walked into the pasture and led Rain back.

She did tell me that since Gemini followed her she was going to lock the back barn doors since he’ll nudge them open. I kept working, finishing up the gate and then burying the electrical cable for the track fence. As I was finishing, Kendall walked over to the big tire on the North side of the barn, and got on rain, saddle and reigns already in place.

I have to admit I was impressed.

Kendall and Rain

She walked Rain to the fence and said she wanted to ride, but she needed me to watch her in case something happened. I asked her to wait 5 minutes, so she stood here watching as I finished the gate and then walked over.

She walked Rain around a bit, moving in the front yard as I was in the driveway working on adding hooks to her volleyball posts. She was doing OK, but Rain was a little anxious and didn’t want to go past the ditch. They turned and cantered back to the barn, and it looked pretty cool. So I asked Kendall if I could get the video camera.

When I came back, she trotted Rain over to me and told me Rain was scared of the herd of deer up near the front fence. I understood and we walked into the yard a bit, her trying to control Rain. I turned on the camera, and I got that above. A little scary, and a little fast, and we ended the day there.

With a huge smile on Kendall’s face. She was a little scared at first, but she loves going fast and had a good time with Rain.

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