Photo above ... Lexie, the taller child wearing the cowgirl hat, and her new love Scooby.
Lexie took to horse back riding much like the proverbial duck takes to water. After just a few short lessons she was infatuated with the sport and with the animal. So it was with no surprise that for the past few months she had been asking, well perhaps more appropriately begging, her parents for a horse.
Everyone told my daughter to wait until Lexie was older because children's whims change and what she is fervent about today may be different by next year. But Lexie seemed head-over-heels in love with horses and with the sluggish economy many horse owners were now relinquishing their beloved animals; the cost of feed and care having cut deeply into their once well padded wallets. Now is a prime time to purchase as there are many fine horses being sold well below cost and many come complete with tack.
Lexie and her parents looked at several fine steeds and narrowed the field down to 3 of the most gentle that were within their budget. In the end the winner, hands down, was Scooby. Scooby is 9 years old, not a huge horse, he is very docile and for $500 comes with all his tack ... a match made in heaven!
As Roy and Dale used to sing; "Happy Trails to You". May they have many happy trails together!