Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Celebrity of the Week-Quinn

Horseback Riding - Meet Dude

I recently started to learn how to ride a horse. I am taking lessons at Hoofbeats Equestrian Center in Elk Grove.  At Hoofbeats, their horses are saved from people who don’t take good care of them. They have thirty horses. Some are miniature horses and some are large horses.  I met a horse whose head is almost as big as my body.

Dude is a miniature horse. He is not going to grow anymore. This is how he will stay. He is thirteen years old.  This is the horse I ride.  When I start my lessons, the first thing I do is brush his coat. I use two brushes. One brush is for the mane and tail, and the other brush is for coat.  They get all of the dirty things off of him because he rolls in mud a lot. Then I clean the hooves with another brush that is kind of like a scraper and you use it to get the dirt, thorns and rocks out. If you leave rocks in the hooves the horse can get an infection.

Meet Dude.
Carson hoping on dude Bareback

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Alexis is my trainer. She gets me my saddle and puts it on Dude. I put on my helmet. I lead him to the stadium and climb on.

I ride around the stadium with Dude. Last week I learned trotting.  It was really funny because it feels like you are on a bouncy ball. Alexis says that if I do really good I can start jumping.


  1. Hello Quinn, horse riding sounds fun! This is such a great article! I am a little afraid of riding really fast but your horse Dude looks really nice and gentle. So, what would you learn after trotting?


  2. Dear Aekam,
    Next I will learn how to jump hurdles with my horse. I will be in a horse show in December when I will try to win a medal.


  3. I am so proud of you, Quinn! You are great with your horse and learning so quickly. I cannot wait to see your show.


  4. Dear Quinn,
    What a lucky girl you are! Dude is lucky, too, to have such a wonderful friend. You take such good care of him and have fun at the same time. I can't wait to see your show in December.
    Love you,

  5. Gretchen Edwards, Quinn's grandmotherOctober 23, 2014 at 4:30 PM

    I loved watching you with Dude last weekend. You are so wonderful with him. I really like the way you take care of him and care for him. I can't wait to see you in the show.

    Love you,

  6. Wow Quinn ,great for you. I remember when my grandfather taught me how to ride, what a fun thing to do. It is truly impressive that you already know how to take care of your horse. As they used to say in an old TV Western, Happy trails to you. I am so proud of you. Love you ,your papa

  7. Dear Quinn,
    The ponies look cute and how many ponies did you ride?


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