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The Winter Lighening Riders

>> Sunday, January 16, 2011

Linda, Jann, Kathy, and me!

It all started and ended with the green sled you see here. Poor Tango is pooped after two hours of giving us immeasurable fun in the snow. We called ourselves the Winter least at first. Then we were the Winter Lightening Riders....I think. Someone suggested the Geriatric Riders and that might have worked for a couple of us.

All I know is that when we gals at the barn have an idea we follow-through with it. It was a month or so ago when we thought about sledding with Tango. Jokes went back and forth and ideas flew too.

So did humorous photos which eventually led Kathy aka Boss, (standing next to me in photo at beginning) to the green sled we used for our winter adventure.

We did a test run with Tango on Thursday night. Our common sense caused us to start trying how to figure things out in the arena. Then one thing led to another and before you knew it we were outside in the snow. Who needs common sense anyway? My husband was supposed to drop me off at the barn and go on to do something else, but he was having so much fun he stayed to make sure things went "smoothly.

Chuck did his test run on his knees and even tried standing up. It worked, but it worked even better when we sat in the middle of the sled and balanced our weight.

Now while this looks quiet easy, just in case my barn friends read this, I have to tell the truth. On my first run of the day Tango had plenty of spunk and somehow he got away from me. Rather than letting go of the reins, I body surfed for a few minutes. If I could get away with leaving those photos off, I would, but I can't get away with it so I won't.

Body surfing can be quite fun. If I had room to add more pictures I would. But I can tell you that flipping from your stomach to your back and then over again is exhilarating. In the far distance I could hear laughter...somehow I didn't hear, "Let's rush over and help her!"

We had thought about having an EMT on hand, but laughing seemed to be a good medicine.

I would also like to tell you that I only slid off the sled once but that wouldn't be the truth either. I slid off the sled so many times that I came to enjoy each dump. The feel of hardened snow next my new rubber pants is something I just can't explain. Thanks to Chuck for buying me my new pants (the rubber ones) I didn't get wet one bit. And I could laugh as hard as I wanted without having to pay the price...if you know what I mean.

The only person who laughed harder than us adults was little Mya, Kathy's granddaughter. She rode with everyone who got on the sled. She didn't even seem to mind when Tango had to take his usual poop and the sled went right over it. Mya's our cowgirl in the making.

Oh more thing. This is my son Ryan. The animal lover who works in a huge metro park. The boy couldn't sled if his life depended on it. He kept going round and round in circles. He thinks Tango doesn't like him. I know for a fact Tango was just being the good boy that he is. He's a very forgiving horse and since Ryan wasn't steering right, Tango was trying not to step on him. As for Ryan's bare feet....well it was 34 degrees out....a real heat wave!

Ryan's a good sport. He has no choice because he has to put up with me for a mom. Tango's a terrific horse. The Winter Lightening Riders had a great day. Yes we did!

If you'd like to leave a comment, scroll way down. For some reason my comment box isn't where it should be right now!


Lillian Robinson January 16, 2011 at 7:55 PM  

I enjoyed seeing the pics again. It does look like all had a great time. Glad you didn't hurt yourself.

Tweedles -- that's me January 16, 2011 at 8:16 PM  

Happy Days and memories for all of you!
Dashing through the snow
in a one horse open sled
over the hills you go
laughing all the way
smiles and laugher rings
making sprits rise
what fun it is to ride
in the one horse open sled

yeaaaaa Tango


Gail Wilson January 16, 2011 at 10:46 PM  

Gosh, I had a hard time finding your comment tab!!
Your post brought back memories when I worked at a paint horse ranch. The fun we had!!! The poor horses that had to put up with our fun and games must have thought we were all crazy women!!
It looks like you all had a lot of fun sledding!!
Hugs, Mistaya's MOM Gail

Jan Mader January 16, 2011 at 11:53 PM  

I'm so glad you guys didn't give up on my blog! I have no idea why the comment tab is so low. It was really hard to see....

Unknown January 17, 2011 at 6:07 AM  

Loads of fun and laughter! That was a heck of a good way to beat out anyones winter blahs!

Melinda January 17, 2011 at 11:42 AM  

WOW! That looks like a LOT of fun!! WOOOHOOO!!

Two French Bulldogs January 17, 2011 at 1:38 PM  

Those sleds go purrty fast. Oops, some buddy crashed, BOL
Benny & Lily

Bz January 25, 2011 at 2:10 PM  

OMGoodness! ...what fun!! I can see where your husband might stick around [I'm thinking I read you had back surgery (!)]. Thanks the compliment you left at my 'place'.
Be safe!

Jan Mader January 25, 2011 at 2:14 PM  

I DID have back surgery in late August. I was fused and had a couple rods, plates, and screws put in. I healed quickly (by the grace of God) and am fine now!

Chatty Crone January 25, 2011 at 5:43 PM  

Looks like you had a ball - but all that snow - was it cold? Glad you were safe. sandie

Jan Mader January 25, 2011 at 9:51 PM  

It didn't seem cold and we had on lots of layers!

Bz January 25, 2011 at 10:31 PM  

Geeeeez.. you ARE the bionic woman- GOOD for you! ..and having fun at it!

BeadedTail January 28, 2011 at 9:30 PM  

That looks like a lot of fun for everyone! What fun memories too!

FairyCastleFarm February 10, 2011 at 8:06 PM  

I LOVE your blog!!! I live in South Australia and have never seen snow. My Nonna (grandmother) migrated from Italy and tells me how special and magical it is in short bursts. It is something I hope to experience some day. Your pictures and stories are inspiring and beautiful. I am now a follower. I too keep an "animal" blog as seen by little bunny "sweetie" I would love it, if you took a look ( and let me know what you think. All the best, Yollie

Sandy February 15, 2011 at 10:13 AM  

Go to your edit and delete space one line at a time beneath your last sentence. Not sure why, but occasionally that happens.

Ryan, put your boots back on! lol

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