Monday, June 2, 2008

Pony Cousins, Letting Go, and Cowpoke G

My weekend with my Pony Cousins plum tuckered me out. My family is simply wonderful, I can think of no better word right now. We never seem to have enough time to spend together. Luckily, we have our guest ranch trip this summer to look forward to. We spent almost 5 hours Saturday discussing plans and sharing ideas. We all did this with such honesty and openness. I think we have an organized, fun, safe, and memorable trip planned.

My Cousin K shared with us the beginnings of an amazing scrapbook she has started. It is of this journey that my family is taking, as we are all becoming bonded by our love of horses and riding. Both the older generation and the younger generation, the horsey gals and the non-horsey gals that are becoming interested in is a blessing to see what cowgirls we are all becoming. We even had to dress up in our finest western and have some photos taken for the scrapbook. My sister snapped a few during my shoot and even though I am camera shy, I will share one with you because it was so much fun! (The pictures my cousin photographer took will not have the garage in the background.)

My Cousin K admires Doreman Burns' artwork. For each of us, she chose one a piece of his artwork that she felt kind of looked like us and embodied who we were. With this as inspiration, she created a scrapbook page with additional photos of our horses and our story. For me, she chose the piece "Letting Go." I love this piece and find it to be symbolic for me. I have added it to my sidebar. I am not sure what the cowgirl in the painting is letting go of. But I know there are things that I need to let go of. They are mostly things that I need to spend less energy worrying about. But there is one thing I will not let go of. And that is the time that I spend with my dear, dear, family.

After we said our goodbyes on Sunday, several family members headed out to the stable to see my mom's gelding, Dusty. My Cousin T picked up her little nephew Cowpoke G on the way, who is my second cousin. He had a fun time at his first visit to the stable. Here he is. Maybe he is looking for Dusty?
Dusty, are you in this stall?
No Dusty in there. But those are sure some interesting buckets and tubs. I wonder what is in them?

That's it. I'm outta this barn. Is this the way out? Maybe I'll find that Dusty Boy out here?
Hey there. Have you seen a horsey go by here? Say, about 'dis tall? And kind of orangeish? No? Well, I guess I'd better keep looking. Clippity clop, clippity clop. What? You said he's turned out in the gelding pasture? Well why didn't you tell me? There he is! There comes Grammie and Stardust! Here I come Grammie! I'm coming to help you with Dusty!
By the way, Cowpoke G had his first sit in the saddle and he burst into tears so fast I couldn't even snap a photo! I guess he still has to earn his little cowpoke spurs.....

And, uh, Mom, I know that Dusty is a gelding and all, but in that photo he looks like he is about to foal.....

All this talk about horses this past weekend made me miss My Boy dearly. I am hoping the weather holds so that I can go ride him tomorrow!


  1. I was thinking the same thing about Dusty looking like he was about to pop a foal at any moment! And you thought Brandy was bad last summer!
    We do have the most wonderful family. We are lucky that so many of our family members have horses and that some of the non-horsey members want to share our interest in these wonderful animals.
    The only bad thing about these get togethers is that I spend waaaay to much money! Oh well, a cowgirl can't complain when she has a walk in closet full of cowgirl clothes!

  2. Welcome back, Pony Girl. We missed you. Looks like your cousin picked the perfect Doreman Burns image for you - the resemblance is pretty striking.

  3. That is so cool that alot of your family is into riding and such. Love the western look - very snazzy. It would be very fun to shop for all of the cowgirl clothes!

    You are very lucky to have a famiy that you can share all of that stuff with. I'm the only rider on both sides of my family and they all think I'm a little nuts.

    My Mom does scrapbook though, so I can give her lots of material.

  4. Hey Pony Girl, cute pics and story.

  5. Sounds like a great week-end and how lucky for you to be able share your passion with your family.

    Your little cowpoke is too cute!!

  6. I LOVE your cowgirl outfit! You are the epitomy of the Doreman Burns cowgirls... Excellent photo... Wish I could be your photographer you are photogenic and shouldn't be shy! ;D

  7. Joan: thank you for the compliment! I borrowed the chinks from my aunt, I haven't gotten any yet. You should see some of the other pictures of my cousins, they are WAY more photogenic than me! ;) We are hoping to do it again this summer while at the guest ranch (perfect setting), but this time, with our horses!

  8. Cowpoke is adorable. Really cute little guy. Hugable. Kissable. Snuggable.

    wow is he cute.

  9. What a fun weekend! It's so great you all love horses and get to plan fun trips! Cowpoke G is too cute! I think they all scream thier little heads off their first time. My 9 month old is just now getting into it.

  10. Oh my god! I love that shirt!!! Where did you get it???

    by the way, I am coming out in August to visit Jewel, would LOVE to meet you and Your Boy. We should make this happen...



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