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You have permission to laugh your heads off.
Mrs. M has none of the skills her character, Andi, has. Well, I guess I can lope a horse, and I have never fallen off. But then, I don’t look all that great going around and around the corral. Case in point. Several years ago, I loped my grandson’s horse, Copper, around the round (sort of) pen. Then Kaetlyn and I loped around the huge pasture on both our horses. Copper used to be one of those horses “knights” rode in the Medieval Fairs around the state, but now he was retired. He seemed pretty spunky to me.
I also found a video of Ellie and me riding. And it’s pretty lame! Lacey is old, I’m bouncing around like a sack of feed (Andi would laugh her head off), and Ellie (a good rider!) can’t get Jewels to get a move-on. But we had fun and the weather was warm and sunny.
THEN . . . to make me really feel like a fool, I attended a lassoing clinic one Saturday morning with my horse-friend, Marie. The clinic goes from lassoing sawhorses to roping running calves from the back of your own horse (another day!) I’m afraid I did not even get good at the sawhorse, but I did manage to perfect the technique and learn how to swing and coil my rope. It’s tricky. Those lariats are stiff.
I now feel much compassion for Andi’s cousin, Daniel. Roping is not learned in a day, or even a week. Although . . . I can swing that lasso to make Kristel’s horses go faster, or convince them to GET IN THAT TRAILER! It works pretty well on goats too. But I prefer to snap the “flag.”
So . . . share the “good,” the “bad,” and the “ugly” about your own horsemanship. Can you rope? Do you barrel race? Jump English? Dressage? Do you have a funny story about a horse-related activity? We’d love to laugh at you too. (Okay, you can share a serious anecdote too and we won’t laugh.)
One more picture “after thought.” I hope by the time this post goes live, Mini Mae will have dropped her foal. She is a barge!