Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Riding Horsies!

One of the conversations that Claire and I have repeatedly, as we drive around Laveen is about horses. She saw someone riding one day and wanted to ride a horse a too. I told her that when she is a big girl she can ride a horse. Every time she sees one now, she says "When I'm a big girl, I can ride horsies!" She has been saying this for months now.

Then it dawned on me that my friend Sara, has horses. I told Claire we would ask her if we could ride. We finally asked her this past Sunday and she said yes!

Claire was so excited! Sara had her horse, Jackpot, pretty much ready when we got there. I was sure that Claire would be too afraid to get on - she hadn't even seen one up close yet.

On the contrary, she was so happy to be close to the horse and wasn't intimidated at all. She got to take JackPot for a walk....
but he was more interested in eating the grass. Claire yelled "No eat the grass!" at him every time he tried.

We sat Claire up on the horse and again I was expecting tears and "I'm scared!" but the first words out of her mouth were "YeeHaw!"
She rode by herself while Sara walked the horse. Then Sara and I took turns riding behind her and going a little faster. I trusted Sara with her more than myself. Horse riding is fun but I am not very good at it. Sara, on the other hand, is a pro has won quite a few barrel races on JackPot.

Claire didn't want to stop but we had to say good-bye to JackPot.
We really had to talk Claire into giving him a kiss.
She did NOT like the flies that constantly hovered around his nose.
Thank you Sara! We know that owning a horse is a ton of work. Thanks for letting us enjoy the fun part of horses!


  1. Oh my gosh, Two more of my favorite people and 1 of my favorite 4 legged. Thank you for sharing .. I miss you all so much!!!

  2. Those pictures are so so sweet! Glad she had a good time :)

  3. What a brave little girl and mommy! How darling!