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Miranda conquers her fear!

November 16, 2008

Miranda is the daughter of a friend of ours at the barn. About 5-6 years ago Miranda was showing in a leadline class when the horse she was riding spooked and began to buck. Miranda ended up underneath the horse and was stepped on. After the accident she was afraid of big horses and refused to ride – understandable.

I met Miranda in October of 2006 and found out about the accident. I told Miranda that when she felt like she wanted to ride, I had the right horse for her to get on and I left it at that. Every now and then I could see her watching Bill’s kids saddling up and riding and longing to be riding with them. I would remind her every so often of my offer to ride Pete.

Soon, I began to pick up kids for riding lessons and I could see her watching me give these lessons and the kids brushing, leading and riding Pete.

April, her Mom, mentioned that Miranda had said she would like to take some lessons. So, one day I was giving Kylie a lesson and I asked Miranda if she would like to ride after Kylie and she said Yes.

The pictures below are worth more than words can say because Pete gave little girl the confidence to ride again. This is Miranda’s second time to ride Pete and take a lesson. Pete is very patient with her. Prior to these pictures Miranda did not want to lead or be to close to a big horse (she was fine with babies and ponies but large horses would make her nervous which is understandable).

And the best part of all – she is back to Riding – an activity that her Mom thought was not achievable! God Love Pete for he loves kids and has a knack for kids who are scared!

I’ll keep you posted on her progress because she is going to show him this spring and summer! Who knows, she may end up taking after her Mom and jump or Me and run barrels!


One Response to Miranda conquers her fear!

  1. Jodi on November 17, 2008 at 4:00 pm

    aw, that is wonderful Nancy.

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