The Monday Minstrel: It started here.

When I was eight years old I spent several weeks on a cattle ranch in Wyoming.  Yes, that’s me in the photo. No helmet and not even a cowboy hat. But  I did have the right boots. The horse was called Amos.  He was a horse, not a pony and for the life of me ,though I remember his name, I don’t know how I got up onto a full sized horse. I think I was just thrown up there by one of the cowboys.

Life on the ranch was a little girl’s dream. It was summer and everything was outdoors. Not like school days and the interior and inside classrooms days.  Every day  I was on the horse and out on the trails; sometimes taking part with rounding up cattle or young horses.

This was the beginning of my love of horses and riding.  It started here.

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15 Comments Add yours

  1. Elizabeth (HorseLover4Ever) says:

    That is so cool that your love for horses goes WAAAY back!!! So cool…. 🙂

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Indeed. I did have a long gap after school years but I got back to it.

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  2. sandyjwhite says:

    How wonderful to discover your passion for horses at such a young age.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes. I went on riding until I was about 19 and then life intervened and I did not ride for 30 years. I came back to it when my daughter started to ride. I am still riding now and it is such a great joy for me. Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. Lovely photo. I bet you treasure that piece.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I do treasure it for two reasons. First I remember that time clearly despite it being almost 60 years ago. Second it could be a photo of my daughter when she was the age. Thanks for taking the time to comment.

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  4. We can ALL see ourselves in you, up there, secretly absolutely adoring the sweet smell of summer horse, and falling helplessly for it all. A great start!

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes I think most of us who love horses had this kind of start.

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  5. Avery says:

    Great photo! Amos looks like a gem. We all have that moment when it all began.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      Yes we do and thank goodness we found horses.

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  6. Nilzeitung says:

    Quote from unknown man
    Each horse deserves to be loved at least once in his life, by a little girl. – Unknown

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    1. anne leueen says:

      This is a lovely quote and so very true! Thank you.

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      1. Nilzeitung says:

        with pleasure,,,.with pleasure

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  7. nathaswami says:

    It is the wish of every one to live in a ranch for some time and enjoy the life of a cowboy – though not permanently.

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    1. anne leueen says:

      I agree. The winter in Wyoming would be a different matter altogether!

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