I spoke with Caitlin today and she told me all about her first experience breaking a horse. I didn't expect she would jump in so quickly and was surprised to learn that she broke the horse on her own under the watchful tutelage of her Uncle. She said that she is exhausted from the experience and a little sore. I have to wonder how many 14 year old girls are out there breaking horses and I'm willing to bet not many...if any.
The horse she broke is a three year old that has never had any training, so of course I'm very impressed that she stuck with it and saw it through to the end. Apparently it takes several hours of round pin work(ground work)before the horse is ridden. I'm glad the horse didn't act crazy once she finally got on it's back...but I suspect that has everything to do with the way the animal is being trained. I asked her if she is proud of herself and her words were "I'm too tired to be proud".
She understands it's going to take a while to get hardened to the life of a horse trainer but she is a determined young lady and this is her dream being realized. Who knows though, she could very well decide it's not for her after breaking a few more horses...Time will tell...
In the meantime I sit on pins and needles every day wondering how she is doing and hoping for the best. Pictured below is the horse she trained today. Isn't it beautiful? Oh and I have to brag about my sister's amazing photography of these beautiful animals. It's a skill unto itself to be able to photograph them like this.