Sunday, November 29, 2009

I was going to take some more pictures of Tonka today, since it was sunny, but I got distracted by the cuteness of a boy and his horse.

We started out in the round pen because Soxy seemed a little forward. Let me point out she hadn't been ridden in... I think five months? This is the horse everyone wants, that you can let sit and then ride and you have the same horse each time. She was mellow as can be once there was a job to do, so we graduated out onto the driveway and the front field. But first I saddled my horse and mounted up.

We had so much fun! It was great to have riding buddy (of the child type) who doesn't complain. He whined once, right in the beginning, about having to help me get his tack together. After I talked to him about that he was a complete angel the whole time. My daughter never could get through a riding session without making me steaming mad. That's probably why she quit riding with me. :(

I think I have my horse-crazy kid. He's fun. I heard him talking to Soxy at one point. "I have to get you really well trained so you can be my sh- my cowboy horse." (He was about to say show horse but that wasn't cool enough.)
He talked to her a lot as they worked together. It was super sweet.

Here's a little video I took. Sorry about the wind...

Look at his little flappity feet when he asks her to walk. So cute! He's not a superb rider and I cringe somtimes at his steering (poor Soxy) but we all have to start somewhere and I don't want to play battleax like I did with Katia and make him hate riding. We'll take it one step at a time.

He needs some new stirrups too. He can't keep his feet in those tapaderos. Thinking of putting English peacock stirrups on there for safety.


Anonymous said...

Hope you've got a rider - sure looks like it! Nice that Soxy is so good for him.

Jayke said...

Every young rider deserves a horse like Soxy, one they can play with, and be friends with.