The best Christmas gift

My little horse trainer

My boys visiting the new barn for the first time.

All of us finally over a terrible cold.  Hugs with Valiosa.  Some wonderment as she accepted their presence from the get go.  My oldest has taken to photography and snapped some lovely shots for us.

He wants full credit for this.  So, people, all these photos are from Skyler, 11 years old!  Thank you Skyler!

We took a nature walk with Valiosa.  Had the most wonderful time.  Then, the unforgivable sin;

Mounting and riding my 3-year-old  greenie alone.  On the trail.  With no Steering, Stop, or Go button.  Despite promising everyone I wouldn’t do this.  Please forgive me.  Don’t try this at home!

First trail ride with Valiosa

She stayed calm.  Although she did have to follow my youngest son in his tracks along the trail to be able to go forward.  And yes, there was no steering.

Following my son, taking his lead

A wonderful Christmas gift, from both her, and my boys, to make this happen.  Back at the open parking lot, my little 9-year-old horse trainer felt his job was done.  Plus he had a blister in his rainboot.

Getting to the parking lot

Stopped before things went seriously wrong.  And also to take a breath.  My own.  She was just fine.  Wonderful brave mare.

Valiosas very first trail ride

Dr. Seuss

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!


Today is your day.

You’re off to Great Places!

You’re off and away!

You have brains in your head.

You have feet in your shoes.

You can steer yourself

any direction you choose.

You’re on your own.

And you know what you know.

And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

You’ll look up and down streets. Look ’em over with care.

About some you will say, “I don’t choose to go there.”

With your head full of brains and your shoes full of feet,

you’re too smart to go down any not-so-good street.

And you may not find any

you’ll want to go down.

In that case, of course,

you’ll head straight out of town.

It’s opener there

in the wide open air.

Out there things can happen

and frequently do

to people as brainy

and footsy as you.

7 thoughts on “The best Christmas gift

    1. It was a gorgeous, rare,morning where my boys actually enjoyed being at the barn for more than one hour. And I’m very happy with my little photographer! He loved your comment!

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