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"The Best Day of My Life" UPDATED w/ Non-FB Photo Links

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    "The Best Day of My Life" UPDATED w/ Non-FB Photo Links

    I had the high privilege today of helping introduce a horse-crazy 7-year old girl to a saint of a pony for her very first "real" riding lesson!

    Dear friend from high school, with whom I just re-connected via Facebook about a year ago, has a horse-crazy grand-daughter. Little girl just "came" this way! Lives in the city, no one in the family knows anything about horses -- but this child cannot get enough of them. Never had the chance to get closer than a county fair pony ride ... until today.

    Friend asked if she could bring the little grand-daughter out to my farm to "see" the horses. I have a better idea. I have a lesson today, but I will give up my time if instructor has a suitable pony for little girl.

    Suitable pony named TONKA takes little girl on a very real first riding lesson -- little girl turns out to be an absolute natural and they are a great fit. Grammy signs little girl up for ongoing lessons.

    Child calls parents and says "This was the BEST day of my life!"


    How many times do you get to be a hero for $30 and an hour or so of your time?
    Last edited by King's Ransom; Oct. 27, 2010, 09:39 AM.

    So nice to read this!!
    How did your own grand daughter do in her lesson a few weeks ago?
    And how is Cooper? When is he coming home to meet the gang or is he staying at the barn in the winter so you can continue riding?

    And how is Chessie?

    Oops, I just saw the link to the blog. Will go read asap!


      So sweet and so kind of you!

      I am on pasture rest and my friends have been coming to ride with LMEqT all week. It is cool to hear them laughing as they ride around the farm. Little girls and ponies are wonderful, joyous things. Hope you get to keep enjoying this one!
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        That's beautiful. And I'm willing to bet that little girl is never going to forget you



          We have a "Tonka" at our barn; he's pretty much retired but he was a first or second mount for countless lesson kids. Have to LOVE those saintly old creatures.
          You have to have experiences to gain experience.

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              What a great story, just the kind of thing we need more of. You just made my Saturday.

              COTH, keeping popcorn growers in business for years.

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                My own grand-daughter, Lexi, had one lesson that went great ... and all she could do was talk about riding "her" pony ... then I was out of town for the 2nd lesson. She apparently was terrified and had a melt-down, crying "I want my Nonni, I want my Nonni." What went wrong the 2nd time, I don't know.

                However, she still talks about riding "her" pony. So, my plan is to take her at least once more and hopefully "end on a good note" this fall. Take lots of video of her happily riding, talk about it all winter, and start again in the spring. She will be 3 in December, and honestly, she is growing up every DAY. Her vocabulary and understanding is growing exponentially.

                Cooper and I are a dream-fit. I need to update my blog. We have already had many great adventures. Our plan is to bring him home by Thanksgiving.Then, if we need a "tune up" in the spring, we can take him back ... or not. We have been trail riding together -- down through rocky ravines, through water, even hopped over a log. He is a SAINT. Whoever accused that boy of being "dangerous" was a danged fool!


                  That's great! Love to bring little kids over to the Dark Side. (we got ponies! )

                  The very first horse I ever rode without it being a led pony ride was named Tonka also. I was 7 years old, it was a surprise to bring me to a trail ride place and the horse I got was a dark chestnut gelding named Tonka. I was completely over the moon since I was already horse crazy. And it's been all downhill into horse craziness since then, LOL!
                  You jump in the saddle,
                  Hold onto the bridle!
                  Jump in the line!


                    Just got some photos of Mara's first riding lesson with Tonka! She is still so excited! She takes her next lesson on Monday, and her parents have gone out and purchased riding boots and her own helmet.

                    I think they were frankly surprised at the intensity with which their daughter fell for this horse! From a completely non-horsey family, don't you just wonder what makes one child horse-crazy?

                    Anyway, big congratulations to Mara, and I am so proud of my friend, Sheryl, too. Also totally non-horsey, but she was listening to Mara (when no one else really was) and found a way to make her dreams come true. Good on her for being a great Grammy!

                    Photos here:


                      How cute!
                      McDowell Racing Stables

                      Home Away From Home


                        She is one of us now!


                          So cute! I certainly remember those days as a horse crazy kid from a non-horsey family! Bless you and your friend for helping her - she'll never forget it. Such cute pictures of sweet pony and happy kid!


                            Aww!I have a student that was going to start last yr,but her Mom called and said they couldn't because the father was diagnosed with cancer.Well about seven months later she called....the father passed.She was letting her two kids pick one thing they really wanted to do and the daughter chose riding lessons.First lesson I allowed my saint of a lesson horse to jog on the lunge and that kid smiled such a huge smile that it brought tears to my eyes.At the end the Mom told me that it was the first time she saw her daughter smile since the passing of her Dad.I adore this student and she is doing sooo well AND now her brother is riding as's amazing what these wonderful animals do for our souls!


                              Thats great. I love the smile on that kid's face...she is exploding with glee.

                              Good for grandma to get her lessons.

                              And yeah, she be a horsewoman someday, and we sure need them.
                              save lives...spay/neuter/geld


                                Adorable young lady and super cute pony. I hope it continues to go so well. I remember those days well about myself.


                                  In light of the FB thread, here are non-FB links (I think, I tried to follow the directions ...)



                                  Enjoy ... and let me know if those links don't work!