Little Warm Puppies

Cowboys like smoky old pool rooms and clear mountain mornings, little warm puppies and children and… I have always been more at ease in smoky old pool rooms than with children.  It isn’t that I dislike kids, I just don’t know what to do with them or how to relate to them.  I am less at a loss when I can put them on a horse.

Some friends, call them Susan and Eric, brought their kids to the ranch yesterday.  The children are 8 and 6, I think.  I will call them Lily and Rose respectively.  This presented a problem I have not faced in a while: how to find horses suitable for small children to ride?

Previous entries have detailed what happened to our pony ride regulars, The Old Grey Mare and May.  They were great with kids, even though I didn’t realize May was until very late in her career.

We have plenty of horses.  When I explain that I don’t know if I have a horse someone can ride, they often do not understand what I mean.  There is a difference between a broke horse and one just anyone can ride.  There are a variety of  horses that can be called “bomb proof,” as there are different kinds of “bombs.”  Children can be great for diffusing those bombs, or they can be firecrackers.  The horse needs to be prepared for both.

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