Today I’m talking to two of my favorite horse lovers, my nieces, JA and TL. Both of them are home schooled and love, love, love their teacher. They started riding about two years ago on horses purchased from a nearby horse auction.
The three of us had an informal interview session out at the round pen where they have recently started training their horses using Clinton Anderson’s Down Under Horsemanship method.
JA is thirteen-years-old and the first horse she’s training is a Paint filly named ‘Pache.
Danni: Do you love your horse, and does your horse love you?
JA: Well, I love her, but I think she just likes me.
Danni: Okay, what is your goal for this horse, JA?
JA: I hope to train her to be a soft, supple horse anyone can ride.
Danni: Will you sell her, then?
JA: Yes. I hope to get a good price for her as a well trained horse.
Danni: Will it be hard to watch her leave after all the time you’ve invested in her?
Danni: What is Pache’s strength? Weakness?
JA: Her strength, hmm…She backs up good. Her weakness was her disrespect. She stepped on me if I didn’t watch her.
Danni: How much does Pache eat per day, and do you have to pay for her feed?
JA: Pache eats maybe twenty pounds of hay per day and a little sweet feed. I don’t buy it. I have to buy my own tack, though.
Danni: What kind of saddle do you ride?
JA: I ride a roping saddle. My headstall’s a regular brow band with a curb bit and Weaver Leather quick-change reins. Long.
Danni: What do you enjoy most about horses?
JA: They’re so fun if they don’t give you trouble. I also enjoy caring for them, brushing, etc. And their smell.
Danni: Where do you see yourself in five years as regards to horses?
JA: I hope to be a very good horsewoman and tearin’ up jack as my mom says. I also hope to be rich from selling horses, have horses out the wazoo, and a nice pickup.
Danni: What is your favorite horse breed?
JA: Probably Clydesdales and Quarter Horses, because the Clydes are big and friendly and the Quarters are pretty built with good color and make good show horses.
Danni: What are your favorite horse stories or books?
JA: My Friend Flicka. The Misty books. Black Beauty. The Little Britches books by Ralph Moody. Oh…and Clinton Anderson’s Philosophy book. Oh…and Western Horseman.
Danni: And, finally, what’s your favorite joke?
JA: How many cowboys does it take to change a light bulb? One to hold the bulb, three to turn the house.
That’s hilarious, JA. 🙂 Thanks a bunch. Auntie loves you and I hope all your wildest horse dreams come true. Hang on tight…the view’s better from on top of your horse.
Join me tomorrow for Part ll of Horse Girls of Southwest Oklahoma when I interview my niece, TL. God bless all y’all and enjoy JA’s favorite singers of the moment, The Judds, doin’ When King Jesus Calls His Children Home.
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