Tales from Date Creek Ranch – Gymkhanas, part 1

Shortly after I bought Cortez, Mom started taking Kim and me to compete in gymkhanas. And now I’m guessing that you’re wondering what in the heck a gymkhana is. Well, it’s like a rodeo for kids. However, instead of roping or bull riding or any of that dangerous stuff,...

Tales from Date Creek Ranch – Time for a real horse, part 2

So the first horse I tried out turned out to be a lemon. There was nothing for it but to keep on trying. The right horse just had to be out there. The next horse that arrived at the ranch was a friendly-looking mare. The initial stages of saddling and mounting all...

Tales from Date Creek Ranch – Time for a real horse

Okay, money in hand, I was ready to buy a horse that didn’t suck! How hard could this be? The first horse we got at the ranch for me to try out looked pretty good. At least he wasn’t swaybacked or 200 years old. I saddled him up and got on. Not once did he try to bite...

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