Molly is fifteen. The first time she rode at our farm, I think she was just nine. She rode the horse to the far end of the arena as I instructed her, but then not according to my instructions, she galloped back. From my perspective it looked hazardous, the little girl on a huge horse bouncing all over the place, legs flopping, gripping the saddle horn with a white knuckle iron grip, oblivious to the danger, a big smile spread across her face the whole time. She managed to stay on board even as Red bounced to a stop up against the fence. I thought the horse took advantage of little Molly and bolted on her own initiative home to the gate. I asked Molly if she meant to ride fast. She answered breathless and enthusiastic, “Oh yes!” I have given the same stern advice to other little girls since, “You may not ride at a gallop until you can gallop in a circle!” Of course Molly started to work on that right away and she’s still working on it with many successes, many failures and different horses.
Red is a fourteen-year-old Quarter Horse, athletic mare. She is 15.2 hands. For a year now Molly has been riding Red almost exclusively. Red is a gentle mare, but she’s not quite easy. She has to try out each new rider, so it takes a little willpower to remain undaunted and push on through until Red is confident that her new rider is up to her specifications as a worthy companion. Molly is up for the challenge.
Molly’s mom took these pictures using my camera at a play day along with pictures of Cypriot which I posted a few days ago. She saw the pictures on this blog and asked where the other pictures were. These photos of Molly are in reply to that request. Also you can see up-and-coming riders Hattie and Dannie, Molly’s little sisters. They were perfect, pretty and pert gatekeepers for the event.