Worth mentioning again…

I know, I’ve probably posted this picture before, along with the details on this horse. But, I think, it’s worth mentioning again. In 2009, we purchased this horse for my Grand daughter. She’d been begging us for a horse. The horse belonged to a 6-year-old girl at the time. She was a bit to small to handle him out right, so her Mother decided, it was time he go. He was the very first horse I looked at. The price was right, and I rode him several times, before making a deal with her to purchase him. There was conditions on my part. My Grand daughter must be able to handle him in the arena, in hand, and be able to manage him around the barn. He was pretty low-key, a tad lazy, and not real friendly at the time. Her first ride was in the arena. Half way down the arena fence, Makayla fell off. I gasped for breath, because I didn’t know what the horse would do. Heck, I didn’t know how Makayla would react either. The horse stood stock still when she hit the ground. Makayla got up, dusted her self off and looked at me. I reassured her it was alright, and then told the owner, “if she gets back on”, I’ll take him. We purchased him that day. We named him, Handsome. Again, I know, he’s not the most attractive horse in the barn, but to Makayla, he’s the “cats meow”.

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We had to board him for a month where we bought him. We have a place of our own to keep horses, but at the time, it wasn’t horse ready. So, while getting things situated, this was the best place for now. Every evening we took Makayla to see her horse. She rode him daily, and always had an audience. The small children at the barn didn’t have horses. Their parents did, however, nothing safe for their kids. Handsome became the resident fun ride. Now normally, I wouldn’t entertain the thought of turning a bunch of children loose with a large horse. But, under the circumstances, this horse was kid crazy. No one rides this horse except children now. He won’t let an adult handle him without being disagreeable. Since we didn’t have a horse trailer after we bought him. I rode him home. Other than that. The few times I’ve ridden him, was to tune him up, after he got barn sour with the kids. He definitely loves his kid!

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