I’ve started to learn to ride and I found a rodeo queen to teach me. I started a little series on it. Did I mention I get to wear cowgirl boots?
Here’s my first post. I’m excited to learn more about Charlie and Reba as time goes on.
Today I met a horse named Charlie and I met a rodeo queen named Reba.
Reba taught me how to ride Charlie.
That was a lot of fun.
I found Reba and Charlie because I went to my Mary Kay makeover the other week, and I was in the company of two rodeo queens.
Lacey, who is a sales director for Mary Kay, who did my make-up for a contest I entered to raise money for Eli.
She is formerly Miss Rodeo Oklahoma, or something like that — I’m sure I’m getting her title wrong. I need to check with her.
Her assistant, Rachel, is a rodeo queen in training. She has a pageant coach and everything.
She explained to me that the talent competition is more like horsemanship. No bikini contest. They each wear a very conservative leather dress that has jewels all over it.
It’s all got its own culture and history and it sounded really fascinating.
Horsemanship is huge around here.
I mentioned to Rachel that I wanted to try and learn to ride and she hooked me up with her friend, Reba.
Reba and I are both super busy but we finally connected today.
I drove out about 15 miles from where I live to southwest Oklahoma City to her family’s ranch. The ranch is in a town called Mustang.
She introduced me to Charlie.
Charlie is a pretty special little guy.
He’s a gentle soul.
He had an experience with his leg. It warmed my heart he recovered from it.
He ran at a full gallop into a fence. It almost cut his leg in half.
As Reba explained to me -rather than put Charlie down, the family got Charlie – who is her father’s horse – experimental medical care at a place up in Edmond Oklahoma which is north of Oklahoma City.
He’s got a strange gait.
He kind of loops his leg around sometimes when he walks.
Charlie being gentler than most meant Charlie was a good horse for me.
Reba taught me everything about how to put the saddle on him, how to tie him up, how to mount the horse, how to steer.
I got all the way up to trotting. It was a lot of fun.
I think I’m going to do it again.
Next time we’re going to try and learn… I forgot what it is — something between a trot and a gallop. Starts with an L.
I’ll remember it next time.