Wednesday, June 2, 2010


It is official...this "Pretty Lady" is now ours!!! My loving husband and I are the proud new parents of the equine formally known as LITTLE LADY. Our adoption process has taken almost 3 years to complete. Little Lady was foaled at our desert stables January 18th, 2004. Her Dam was Little Bit ( who has now gone to horsey heaven) and her Sire is...SLICK"S MACHO MAN (yes that is The Bossman's Slick...our resident stallion and drunk). Obviously...LL looks more like her mother!
I remember 1st seeing LL when she was just one day old with her little HOT PINK halter on. I saw her many times being turned out in the arena to play with her mom who could not keep up with this new baby so full of energy. She was a feisty little thing and would do those little baby rear ups and sideways walks down the aisle to the arena. I left the desert at the end of the season and did not see LL again until she was about 10 months old. I could not get over how she was ALL legs!!! By now her dam was long gone from her side and she looked so small in her stall. At that time...the Bossman and I were not "friends". Sure...we were friendly...but he just thought I was some dumb red head...he still thinks that!
It was not until our former trainer got married and deserted us...that The Bossman became our trainer...and it was another year before we started riding together. However...Jesse and LL became pals because Jesse would PONY LL several times a week when the Bossman would ride him. LL would nip at him and be playful which Jesse did not always care for. But I know that they are very fond of each other...they always greet each other with a soft nicker. By now LL is 3 years old and sent for 3 months to finishing school. There she learns how to do all that arena stuff that she will never need to do out on the trail...but she knows it all! When she came back to the stables from finishing school The Bossman immediately began riding her on many of our rides together! I was so impressed with how good she was. Sure...from time to time there would be a small issue..nothing at all that was not worked through easily. The next year...The Bossman offered LL to me to ride whenever I had a guest in town...cause they would ride Jesse and I would ride LL. I did have more issues with her than the Bossman did...but then...I was not as confident on any horse except Jesse. Cousin Baby Doll was with us one day when we had a smalll rodeo...and she and Jesse wisely choose to give us plenty of room on the trail.
Then because of Jesse's bad feet, the next year when LL was 4...I rode her almost as much as I rode Jesse. When LL was 5...Jesse's feet were a major issue and I decided I needed to leave him in the desert with The Bossman so that the "Shoe Salesman" would be able to continue his great work on Jesse's feet for the summer. That meant...I would be horseless for the summer...and that would just NOT do. In the end...The Bossman offered LL to me for the summer in the PNW.

LL and I learned to trust each other and she stepped up to every challenge I put to her. She lead 95% of our rides...won the Stampede Rodeo Queen Crown for us and we became very attached to each other. LL also seemed to really enjoy her new "outfits"! She loved getting all prettied up for our rides in coordinating colored blankets and halters matching my "outfit" for the day. And she loved all the lunch treats she found in her bucket everyday

This is kinda the funny part. Ever since I have been riding LL...the joke was that someday she would be mine...then I would have to pay the Bossman to ride her for me...well now the joke is on The Bossman...cause LL is ours...and next year...he will have to pay ride her! On a more serious note...Little Lady is a mouthful to spit out sometimes when the "Lemonade" is flowing freely...or if she's naughty...I just call her "LADY...QUIT"! However in Yiddish there is a word that fits her to a T...Shayna...meaning pretty and so LL will now be known as...

Shayna Lady
Your Desert Rose!


  1. that is so great ! Can't wait to blaze some trails with you and Lady QUIT this sumer!
    Stars AKA is STAR STOP IT :)

  2. Lil Lady is so lucky to have you for her mom and I know how much you love her and when you are around her you can tell how much she loves you! Just like my boy King loves you! They really have this trust in you as their rider, that is something I really admire. You have worked really hard to become the "COWGIRL" that you are and I am really proud of you!! Love you, Sissy Jnt Can't wait for our first trail ride!!

  3. Congratulations on your new horse! She's one pretty Lady and my Gilly would like her! Looks pretty in her fancy clothes and her tiara. Wish I could come and go on some trail ride with you all, what fun....especially with some lemonade! :-D

  4. Congrats on your new addition!
    What problems does Jesse have with his feet?

  5. Love the new name! She is so CUTE!

  6. This lil filly has turned out to be a trail pony extraordinaire. And she is a pony who rocks at Stampede events. And now she is really yours. This matchup of you and the Lady may look good on paper, but has anyone considered that we could be pairing the biggest collusion of mischief-makers, ever?! I'm just saying...

  7. Congratulations! Glad to hear she is "officially" yours now, though she has been your girl from the beginning I think! Hope everything is going well settling into the PNW for the year.

  8. Congrats on LL officially being yours! You two are so good together! Can't wait for riding this summer!

  9. Finally! Always felt like she was yours anyhoo! I love the new nickname. She is so cute in that picture. I hope to give her a spin in the arena this summer! I think we should have an event in the rodeo where we have to draw another family member's horse's name and give them a spin (not on any gaming events, but just at a walk/trot.) Wouldn't that be fun? :)

  10. Congratulations and good choice on the name. May you have many rides into the sunset together.

    Love the tiara pic.


We wish you Happy Trails
Jesse and his Desert Rose!