Today I got up early and went to the barn. This is also what I did yesterday, the day before yesterday and the day before that. In truth, except for the ten days around BreyerFest, I've spent most of July at the barn.
It's been a great month.
Not surprisingly, it's also been a month filled with photos. Today I'm sharing some of the best, starting with those featuring my niece, Lilie.
Lilie stayed with us for thirteen days, twelve of which were spent at the barn.
While she was here, Lilie rode seven different horses: Coco, Thunder, Chino, Olympia, Scarlett, G and Santana.
I've written about most of these rides already, but I would be remiss if I didn't post the pictures of Lilie on Scarlett...
Scarlett is a stereotypical red mare. She's dramatic, opinionated and can be a real handful under saddle. She's not a beginner's ride, but like a lot of good mares, she's different with kids. Mary Jo and I both knew she'd be fine for Lilie.Sure enough, as soon as Lilie climbed aboard, Scarlett's eyes got soft and her steps careful.
She responded kindly to Lilie's aids and gave her a really nice, confidence-building ride.
What a great mare!
About midway through Lilie's visit, she and I went on a trail ride with my friend, Aggie. I rode Santana bareback, and Lilie told us that she didn't think she could ever ride a horse without having her feet in the stirrups. Aggie took this as a personal challenge. Not only did Lilie ride Aggie's horse, G, without stirrups...
she did it at a trot!
Way to go, Lilie!
Thank you so much to Aggie, Mary Jo, Therese, Claire, Karen, Tammi, Mindy and Sarah for sharing their wonderful horses with Lilie. You really made this summer special for her and me!