Riding Blue

genevieveMy name is Genevieve and I’m 10 years old. My dream animal is a horse. I have a friend that I go riding out on trails with. I ride an Appaloosa Draft Horse named Blue, because he has blue eyes. When he’s having a lot of fun he will buck a little. I am not a professional rider, but I can ride western and bareback. My friend rides a Quarter Horse Paint named Brandi.

When we are going for a ride, we first brush the horses and then saddle them up. We make sure the girth is tight enough and that we have the chin strap on. Then we clean their feet, being very careful not to cut out their frog. Then we stretch them by grabbing their hooves and pulling them forward. We get our friend to give us a foot-up on our horses. We get them ready for their big ride by trotting around in the corral to warm them up. Then we go trail-riding.

Feels Like Flying

Personally, my favorite speed is a gallop. It is like you’re flying. Having a horse in not only fun, but it is a lot of work. You need lots of time to ride it, brush it, clean its feet, feed it, and spend time with it. Each horse needs up to four buckets of very fresh water a day. If you’ve never ridden a horse before, you should try it. It’s a lot of fun!

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