Walking in to the dimly lit barn, I knew I wouldn't be riding Alf. I turned to look at the board, and saw my name written in thick, slanted writing. Audrey. Next to it, wishing I would see Alf, was the name Gizmo.
Gail, my instructor, had
told me about the pony named Gizmo before. I'd seen him in the paddock
with Alf and Freddy, but I'd never really been interested in him.
Deeply disappointed, I clipped
my leadline to his halter and started walking. He avoided the stone
ramp and walked around it on the softer ground, which annoyed me.
The lesson was not the best
ever. And I missed Alf! I was not glad that Gail put me on him…until
Gail told me that Gizmo was green.
I am proud to say that this
first ride has lead me into my fourth month of leasing him. I have
taken him cross-country four times. I have jumped him over two feet.
I have fallen off him 6 times. I have jumped him bareback and one-handed
He still tries harder than
any other horse. It sickens me to know that he was abandoned, and
amazes me that he still is so sweet to people. He follows me around
the paddock now.
And I have also learned to
never doubt what a pony can do, because people said he would never
jump. He jumps cross country, is never limited by the height of jumps.
Never doubt what a horse can do because of the improbability. And never skip over a horse who can't jump six feet--because those horses are who teach you the most and always remember; those trusty school ponies and six foot jumpers were once green horses who didn't know anything.
Gizmo, I love you, and I always will. You're my little Energizer Bunny. <3
By Audrey Weyler, age 12
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