Today's photo was actually taken by my husband. As he was leaving yesterday to schlep Graceful hither and yon for her Saturday activities -- we divide and conquer on Saturdays and I had drawn the short straw for Elegant's 9 a.m. class -- I handed him the camera and commanded him to get this photo:
Graceful has been riding since she was in kindergarten. She is absolutely animal crazy, but since there's a ban on all non-human creatures in Jenworld, this will have to suffice for her
We love the farm where Graceful rides. It's a real working farm with around 17 hooved creatures -- horses, ponies, donkeys, and mules -- plus cats, bunnies, etc. The owners of the farm are incredibly nice people and they work so hard. They just barely make it financially, but this is what they love, so this is what they do. Graceful's instructor is the teenage daughter, who was 14 when we first met her and is now a senior in high school.
In the photo above, Graceful is riding Rosie, who is a Welsh pony. I think Welshes are the largest of the ponies and really aren't that much smaller than a horse. When Graceful first started riding, she rode a Shetland, which is one of the smallest ponies. She has recently started riding some of the horses, but what she rides from week to week depends on which animals are active that day and which ones are resting.