This summer, we haven't been doing too much golfing. We definitely play a few rounds every now and then, and we still hit balls at home on our own personal golf pad Brady made for us. But most of our free time has been taken up with horses. Brailey came home from her Rodeo Bible Camp in Pendleton more inspired than ever to be a cowgirl. Alvin taught her so much about riding, and the roping instructor told Brady, "If she can ride Alvin, she can ride anything!" We are super proud of her and so happy to see her enjoying her summer and doing what she wants to do with it. On that note, in order to be supportive to Brailey and because he has told her for three years now he was going to do it, Brady entered his first gaming show last weekend. He was amazing! Keep scrolling for more about that... In the meantime, here are just a few of the many moments we've had so far with our precious horses this summer.
Britt is so funny. He tells himself (and us!) he doesn't like to ride. But he actually does like to ride. I "made" him go on a trail ride one evening, and as usual, nobody had more fun than he did. He was very upset to have to wear jeans - that was the worst part, for him. Once they got back to the house, he zipped back into his shorts. Brady, Brailey and I went on up to our little arena to rope the Hot Heels, and out of the blue, here came Britt. First, he kicked me off the 4-wheeler so he could drive the steer around. Next, he kicked Brady off Alvin and roped the dummy himself! It was fun and funny and cute all at the same time. He has a little cowboy in him, whether he likes it or not.
I took this cool panoramic picture on my phone. We go down to a big arena near our house every day that we can and Brailey exercises her horses. She has improved so much in her riding. One day she decided to make a little barrel run on Tex. She and Tex have a rocky past - he is not a horse for a beginner. This time, much to Tex's surprise, she rode the hair off him! In fact, she rode him in all the events last weekend at the gaming show and just rode Mater in the barrels and poles.
I love this picture of Brailey getting on Mater. I think her splits in dance have helped her riding. More flexibility in the hips, for sure!