Grand Daughters Make Everything Better!

By Patty Wilber

Nasty Chemo #4, which I did Nov. 17th, was, as promised, quite fatigue inducing! My legs sometimes feel like rubber! Instead of Triscuits, this week my carbs of choice have been Kraft Macaroni and Cheese with tuna and green beans, mashed potatoes, and tortillas from the Frontier restaurant smothered in butter….I may or may not be having a hard time buttoning my Wranglers…

But the grand daughters are here and that makes everything better!

Leilani leading Amara on Cometa.  They went over the all obstacles in the arena.

Leilani on Lucy and Maegan leading Amara on Cometa in the round pen.

Riding double! Maegan and Amara on Cometa. Me and Leilani were on Lucy. We had a nice trail ride!

Amara supervising Rick and Jim replacing a gate.

Leilani brushing Surupa. Gette in the background.

Leilani also trotted and loped on Lucy.  Lucy was super steady! Proud of her! Leilani did really well! It is so fun to share the horses with the girls!!

On the loping, Lucy did a roll back because I maybe moved my whip a little. Oops. That is probably not the best maneuver for a 5-yr -old kid loping for the first time…

It is not clearly visible in the video because Cometa’s head is in the way, but at the end, you can see Lucy set up and then she is suddenly going the other way.  Leilani’s eyes got pretty big, but she stayed in the saddle. Considering she had no stirrups, I was darn happy she stayed aboard!

I am posting this early, so Happy Thanksgiving to each and everyone one!

I have so much to be thankful for!


About BlogPatty

Here's the skinny: I have a thing for horses. They make sense to me. I have a small horse training business (it's a "boutique" training business, not because it's super fancy, but because the horses get a lot of personal attention). I also go by Dr. Wilber, and teach biology full-time at a Central New Mexico Community college.
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6 Responses to Grand Daughters Make Everything Better!

  1. Ginny Espenshade says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you all, Patty! I am glad the granddaughters are there, I can’t think of any better medicine to balance out the chemo than your favorite little people on your horses. All our love from Alaska.

  2. Doranna says:

    Happy Thanksgiving & happy family time!

  3. Happy Thanksgiving a day late (Happy All the Holidays, since once I get cooking I tend to forget posting!!) Love seeing how careful your horses are with little humans. I think a lot of horses are. My friend E- told me about a visit to a family ranch when her oldest was a toddler, and as often happens, kids that size manage to get loose and get to the horses when you don’t expect it (and sometimes when you do)…Her husband’s uncle had a dangerous stallion, and where did the kid get to (he fit under the fence easily) but into that pen? Before the grownups could get to him, he had grabbed what hung down, for balance. It wasn’t the tail. The stallion looked at him, looked at the scared adults, and held perfectly still until the toddler was retrieved and everyone was safely away.

    Back when I had Ky-the-hot-former-show-jumper, I put a little kid (3 maybe) up on him, and he would take only short, very careful-slow steps. Every time she sounded scared, he stopped–before I reacted, his reaction was “Hold still, there’s a baby something up there.” I led him with that kid several times and he never pushed her boundary of feeling OK. (She didn’t grow up to be a rider, either…some kids just don’t have the interest.)

    So glad you’re getting to enjoy grandkids and horses in the same ring, and continued best wishes for that to continue until you’ve got great-grandkids up in the saddle.

    • Patty says:

      What an amazing story about the stallion! It was a lot of fun to watch Leilani have a good time riding. Lucy might be my only horse that seems to want to help a little ride. Cometa won’t really steer and Penny will hardly move. Lol.

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