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Roy & Trigger / Al & Marshmallow

Posted Monday, November 7, 2011, at 10:16 AM


I couldn't help it.... this is just cute!

See Roy climbed up on his neck?  I don't even really see the reins, ... he has them right up high, and letting that horse run!


Just about the same here.  You can see the reins, but he's not pulling, he is leaning forward, saying "It's ok to run!"


Nice loose reins here too... getting ready to run.  They've just walked in the gate to start the pole bending at the Bruneau Junior Rodeo

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Marshmallow has a knack for going about as fast as her rider 'really' wants to go.  Horses are pretty wise that way, and some are better than others.  Some don't care, and some take advantage ... some are careful and compassionate.  Marshmallow is one of those.  This golden Palomino is worth her weight in gold, literally.  She is 3 years old, and gentle beyond her years.  In these photos, she has literally NEVER seen poles for pole bending.  And you can see her curious look, as if "what are we going to do with these?"

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Pictures like this are some of my favorites.  Al is doing her "Kissy Face" telling Marshmallow "GO!" and she's coming up on her neck, loose flopping reins, and feet in front to steady herself.  This is a great pictures of confidence in both horse and rider in one another.

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I'm proud of how they did.  No where near the fastest time, but a good time was had by both.  Next time will only be better. 

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In these next pictures, they are about to do their first "Goat Tying" ever.  Neither have done it, but Al has assured me she knows how to.  What I do know, is that I can trust Marshmallow to be steady.

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Goat Tying is a speed event where you run to the Goat, do as quick a dismount as possible, and tie the goat so he can't move.  This is the way young ones practice for Calves later.  Now Marshmallow has never  had anyone get off while at a gallop.... I'm sure that caused her a bit of concern.  See her right ear flicked back?  That is her thinking.... "uh.... wait a minute...... what should I do?"

(this photo compliments of Evan Miller)

Notice also, Al's complete confidence in her horse?  Loose Reins, and she's is bailing off

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Here Marshmallow can't help herself, she has slowed down to protect the innocent, and what she probably feels is folly ...and I love how Al's eye is on her target....the goat

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This is their first Goat Tie experience.   See Marshmallow's legs?  She is waiting to see what is happening next.  Lots of the horses take off when they find themselves free.  But she loves Al, and has nothing better to do.

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Typically, I'd say, "Never get on without some hold on the reins, just in case"  But again, there is a lot of trust here, and it's hard when you're short, and getting on by yourself.  So Marshmallow just waits. 

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Gotta love a Flaxen mane and tale.  On both girl  and horse!

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Al decided to ride a steer this year.  I really did not approve, but I'm not really one to try to control  (some things)

While in the chutes, Al was petting her steer and thinking how gentle and sweet it was.  She didn't realize that once that gate opened, he was going to buck her off.  She just didn't realize....

The gate opens

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And she is bucked off.  She wasn't holding that rope near tight enough!  He was gentle, remember?

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She hovers around in the proximity of his back for awhile

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a very little while

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But here she knows she's off

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One of the most amazing things about this young girl, that I'm constantly amazed by, is her athletic ability. 

She was BUCKED OFF!  and like a cat, she lands on her feet.  You can't teach that.  They either have it or not.  Some day, she will get bucked off a horse, and I can only hope this happens.

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I can't help bragging on my kids!

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My horse was like that about riders. He knew what is was supposed to do without any prompting.

I loved to run bareback on him.

-- Posted by KH Gal on Mon, Nov 7, 2011, at 11:07 AM

Bonnie, a good horse, is just simply awesome.

POV, thanks!

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Mon, Nov 7, 2011, at 12:52 PM

That was me scolding my mother and Wayne... and Als' mother if she was there!!!! GGGRRRRR!!!! I see Wayne in the picture so he's to blame too!! heehee

-- Posted by ktlm on Mon, Nov 7, 2011, at 1:42 PM

Yep, you could've done this, we just never did.

And I agree about the helmet.

But I didn't like the steer riding thing at all... however, I"m glad how it turned out.

If anyone reads these posts...remember I said that Katie isn't afraid to say "No" to me, along with unafraid to say anything else? I rest my case!


-- Posted by jessiemiller on Mon, Nov 7, 2011, at 1:53 PM

I AM impressed!!!

-- Posted by royincaldwell on Mon, Nov 7, 2011, at 2:44 PM

I don't know, I never liked being out of control on a horse... and when you're jumping off while they are moving you are out of control for a bit. I'm super impressed with Al.. already liked the girl but now I just might have to bow down for her. lol

-- Posted by ktlm on Tue, Nov 8, 2011, at 9:51 AM

Wayne has a grimace on his face the whole way too... starting out you can't see his teeth, but as things got bad you see them until it's done.

-- Posted by ktlm on Tue, Nov 8, 2011, at 1:37 PM

She wasn't out of control, she knew what was happening, & trusted her horse

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Tue, Nov 8, 2011, at 4:32 PM

Daughter dear, he isn't grimacing, he has a huge smile on his proud face! He knew she would be fine. No doubt

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Tue, Nov 8, 2011, at 4:33 PM

Your description for each picture really helps you realize what the horse and rider are thinking at the time. Great story!

-- Posted by Ardie on Thu, Nov 10, 2011, at 9:02 AM

Ardie, that is my point. We work hard to understand our horses, and to share what we can with kids/others. There are horses with faster times, but being yanked on or never rewarded with "loose" reins, by a trusting, giving rider.

-- Posted by jessiemiller on Fri, Nov 11, 2011, at 5:07 PM

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