Brad On Tikes

Author: Brad  |  Category: Boardman Views, Education, Family, General, Humor

The roundup is on hold due to rain.  Seattle.  Go figure.

Meanwhile, I’ve had quite a few folks ask me about the picture I use in my profile. Many are apparently curious about the horse. That makes me feel good.  At least I know they’re paying attention.

Brad on TikesAnyway, the story behind this particular horse is simple:  It’s not mine.

Tikes belongs to a friend of mine from my high school class.  Awhile ago she hosted a class reunion at her place on twenty acres during which I got a chance to do some riding.  Carrie happened to be at the ready with her camera and captured this stunning image.

I do miss having horses at the ready.  As a kid we lived for some years on what was left of an old dairy farm that had been sold off in parcels.  We had the last ten acres, the house, the barn and all the outbuildings.  Tremendous place to educate children on the value of a good day’s work.

Over the course of the time we were there, we accumulated seven horses and we all rode and rode and rode.

I’ll never forget the day that I got my first horse, a Morgan horse mare named Lindy.  The folks knew, of course, that we wanted horses to go along with all the other critters we had there.

We had heard that Lindy was available and had been out to Bob Benson’s place to see her.  What’s more she came with a bonus.  She had a yearling colt horse that came along with her named Showdown.

Mom and Dad informed us on the way home that we weren’t able to afford them and that we’d need to keep looking.

The next Saturday morning, I was out doing some work around the house which was situated about 100 yards north of the barn.  I happened to glance up just as an open-topped stock truck was backing in down there.  Even from a football field away there was an immediate recognition of that Morgan mare’s head sticking up over the top of the sideboards and along side her another smaller set of ears were visible.

My heart nearly stopped as the realization of what was happening hit me.  Thanks to my most generous parents, I was now a horse owner!  It really was an unbelievable day.

Decades later, I now live mostly like a city slicker, but I do love getting on a horse any chance I get.  However, there are two very unfortunate things related to that:  1)  I rarely get the chance; and 2) Slinging the additional 100 pounds of me onto a horse is much more of a challenge these days than it used to be!

You’re in Boardman Country!

Make yourself at home,

Brad

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3 Responses to “Brad On Tikes”

  1. Marc Says:

    Brad, fun to remenisce about those memories of the farm between Auburn and Enumclaw. They just built a brand new high school about a 1/4 mile away to the south, off State Route 164.

  2. Karen Says:

    I never knew of any kid that didn’t wish or yearn for a horse. You were lucky to realize your dream.
    .-= Karen´s last blog ..Heads or Tails =-.

  3. Brad Says:

    Thanks Karen! Yep, I sure was. One day I may have another horse. Who knows?

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