Meet my first horse.
This is Chipper.
He was given to me as a three year old for my thirteenth birthday. We spent 18 years growing up together. What kid could ask for more. He was a Welsh/Quarterhorse and stood about 13 1/2 hands. Never underestimate size. He could out walk and out maneuver most bigger horses. He was quick in mind and quicker on his feet. On the trail, he would go anywhere. I will never forget what I learned and shared with him. There's nothing like memories of your first horse.
These photos are almost as as old as me, and fading with age, but you can recognize that we were a team. I could not imagine growing up any other way. I was a very lucky kid.
Gymkhana and drill team photos of yore ....