Horse Girls Of Southwest Oklahoma ll

Horse girls of sw Ok

Today I continue my interview with the second of favorite horse lovers, my niece, TL. She’s home schooled–rides the short bus, as she says–loves her teacher, and is eleven-years-old. She started riding a couple of years ago even though she was really nervous about it. Her bay gelding, General, was purchased at a local horse auction and is ten or eleven years old probably.

Even though General is already trained, TL is using some of the Down Under Horsemanship methods to make him into an even better, safer, kids’ horse and teach him better manners.

Tessa and General

Danni: TL, do you love General and does he love you?

TL: (unhesitating) Yes and yes.

Danni: What do you see yourself doing with horses in five years?

TL: I’d like to learn to do cool stuff better…barrel racing, trick riding, authentic trail riding–wait. What does authentic mean?

Danni: The real deal.

TL: Oh, yeah. Authentic trail riding, cross country, jumping, dressage.

Danni: Alrighty. Do you plan to train horses to sell? And will it be hard to see them leave, if you do?

TL: Yeah, after I learn the method better, I’d sell. If we had enough room I’d just keep the horses, though. It’d be hard to sell if I was attached. But if I had to sell, I would.

Danni: Why do you enjoy horses so much?

TL: Well, one day they’re sweet and nice, the next, mean and grouchy, but I have a good horse. Really good natured.

Danni: How much does General eat each day and do you have to buy his feed?

TL: I don’t buy feed. He eats…oh…seventy pounds? Thirty? Quite a bit. I buy my own tack.

Danni: What kind of saddle do you ride?

TL: I ride a barrel saddle and use a regular brow band headstall with a curb bit. Five-inch shanks. Extra long nylon roping reins.

Tessa and General

Danni: What are your favorite breeds of horses?

TL: Oh, I like the generic cross-breds like General. He has a big trot and a good personality. I also like Thoroughbreds because they can jump and do dressage and cross country. Quarter Horses, too, because Mom has one and you can teach them western stuff. I like the western stuff.

Danni: What are some of your favorite horse books?

TL: The Saddle Club, but mainly the Felicity books because she has a horse named Penny.

Danni: Well, TL, what is your favorite joke?

(We wait quite awhile. She wants to use JA’s cowboys changing light bulb joke, but I won’t accept that.)

TL: Okay, I’ve got it…Knock, knock?

Danni: Who’s there?

TL: Banana.

Danni: Banana who?

TL: Banana Bandana.

Danni: Did you make that up?

TL: Yes.

Well, TL, that was hilarious. 🙂 Auntie loves ya and thank you for talking with me. May you always stay on top of your horse and I wish you the very best in all your horse dreams.

Until next time, God bless all y’all and enjoy Celtic Woman singing one of TL’s favorite songs,  Amazing Grace.

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Horse Girls Of Southwest Oklahoma l

Horse girls

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.

Jamie and Pache

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?

JA: Yes.

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.

Jamie and Pache

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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