Every now and then, around here we like to get out of the office. Last week Tracy and I did just that. I was asked by a friend if I wouldn’t mind coming to the school and talking to her second grade class about cowboys, cowgirls, and horses. I jumped at the opportunity and with that, Tracy and I loaded up my 2013 Hart Medallion and my seventeen year old mare ‘Boo’. (Boo just had a birthday on April, 17th)
When we first arrived to the school, there were children EVERYWHERE. Not just everywhere, but SCREAMING CHILDREN everywhere. It doesn’t end there, they were screaming and running….straight towards my retired barrel horse. Boo handles things in stride and is really cool headed. It is hard to get her upset. As the kids were running and screaming running across the playground right at us I felt Boo take a deep breath in. Pretty sure she gave me a side glance that said “what have you gotten us into now?”. I can’t be sure but I think it is a safe assumption. I smiled to myself because for a moment I felt as though I was watching Gru meet the minions for the first time. There were too many parallels in my mind.
However once the kiddos were settled and Boo realized they weren’t actually ‘hunting’ her she was just fine. She was more than ready to greet them and she even snuck a few nuzzles in!
The kids were really excited to get to see, touch, feel and interact with a horse in person. They had lots of great questions about horses and the equipment used on them.
Most of them were surprised at how soft her muzzle was. There were a few timid ones but after a couple of minutes they all warmed up to her.
Boo is a center piece in my family. When I was a kid my parents rescued a foundation bred mare that was nearly starved and had pneumonia. They got her well and then she went on to be my brother’s roping horse for several years. Down the road they had her bred to Bully Bullion. That is where miss Boo comes in. We started her on the track but she just never had that ‘want to run’ to her. Once she broke a track record in a work at 250 yards as a two year old….with her ears up and what seemed like little effort. You can’t make them love something they don’t and with that Boo never entered the starting gate for the real deal. We brought her home and she ended with me. She found her passion in the arena where we also found success. Despite her ‘main’ job Boo is the best hand on the farm as well. She has earned her keep. Now she is spending her time educating others about horses and giving them their confidence as well. Getting an opportunity such as this one was just a little bit of icing on the cake.
I never could have foreseen all that she and I would have the opportunity to do together. She is a special one for sure.
P.S. Anyone recognize the trailer? A little more dusty than the first time that we put it in front of you. I still LOVE it.
Until next time,
-Amanda & Boo