Bite a Child, Ride a Horse

May 3, 2011

It’s been mentioned before how much time we spend with The Neighbors (who actually live a mile away now) on this blog. This past weekend was no exception.

On Friday, Chris brought their three kids over to bottle his home brew. A few hours later, his wife Caroline joined us and a few hours after that Tim arrived home from an out of town conference.

On Saturday as the boys departed in the early afternoon for an all day bachelor party for our friend Jay. Caroline and I made plans to take her three kids and Troy to see her horses at the stables.
Caroline at the stables - April 2011
This was Troy’s first time around horses and thankfully, he doesn’t share his father’s severe allergies to animals. Tim learned the hard way as a child when he couldn’t breathe. This allergy test was administered as a teenager when he was trying to impress a girl too.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been around horses and having never rode either, I give them the respect they deserve.
Caroline with pony
Channeling my inner horse whisperer, I led the kids around the various horses and tried not to touch the electric fence.

Caroline pulled out Dawn, the pony, for the kids to groom. Troy tentatively started to touch her.
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In the next few minutes two significant things happened.
The kids grooming the pony - April 2011
One, Dawn shifted gears and stepped on Troy’s foot.
And stayed there.

I quickly moved her off his toe and there was no significant trauma. To Troy and the horse.

Second, while Mo was combing Dawn’s hair over her eyes, she must have gotten a little close for comfort.
She bit her.

Specifically, Dawn bit Mo on the arm.

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Caroline explained that Dawn just didn’t like Mo and has previously kicked her twice.

I muffled this part of the conversation as best I could so Troy didn’t get nervous.
He didn’t.

Alexis helped triage her sister by the water barrel while Troy stands like an old man and looks on.
The kids at the water barrel - April 2011

While they were waiting, they were easily distracted with lady bugs on the buttercups.
Alexis and Troy - April 2011

Saddled up and ready to go, he easily showed off his cowboy boots.
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The kid never stopped smiling.
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Til the girls were clapping and the horse thought that meant go faster.
The girls applauding Troy on the horse - April 2011
Troy on his first pony ride - April 2011
Back to the slower pace.

When I was offered the chance to ride after all four kids had taken a turn I politely said, the horse isn’t big enough.
Deb by horses - April 2011

The end.
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5 Comment:

blueviolet May 3, 2011 at 1:33 PM  

Wow, I can't believe how undaunted he was. Good to know how easily he brushes things off!

So cute!

Suzy May 3, 2011 at 1:45 PM  

I love horses and have been riding since I was 15. They can sense who is nervous or who is tentative or who doesn't really like them.

Then they can turn on you. A person can SAY they're not nervous but a horse can feel it. They're like people in a way, we can always tell who's being polite to us but doesn't really like us and we're often nice to people we don't like. The only difference is we don't bite or kick!

The Zadge May 3, 2011 at 2:04 PM  

Save a horse, ride a cowboy.

Cathy May 4, 2011 at 4:50 PM  

I can't even tell you how jealous I am of Troy right now. I love horses. All I ever wanted as a kid was my own horse(what girl didn't). One day, when I'm making more money, I'm going to buy myself a horse. Swearsies.

Troy looks great on a horse! And I especially love his old man pose.

CityMom2 May 6, 2011 at 4:14 PM  

That boy looks great up there! You're a cool mom.
citymom

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