We spent $30 on a riding helmet, so Natalie's head will be protected when she rides Blue. I guess that isn't too high a price for peace of mind... and the knowledge that she won't be quite so easily hurt, in the event of an accident.
Cliff and I usually don't like the same stores when we shop: He likes Clark Tool, or Sears. I like WalMart, Sams Club, and Kohls. But there is one place we both enjoy, and browse to our hearts' content. Tractor Supply! Cliff looks at all the farm-related stuff, tools, and such. I love looking at the dozens of horse items. Besides the riding helmet, I got Blue's next round of wormer and a new mane-and-tail comb, one with wide teeth. Oh, and a sack of All-stock (feed for Blue).
After doing our grocery shopping, we went to look at the horse I mentioned before. She's a registered Foxtrotter, four years old. A lovely dun mare (I forgot to take the camera). BUT... she's too much horse for this old lady. She was obviously scared to death when we approached, snorting and jumping back. We saddled her, and I did get on. But she refused to head away from the other horse waiting back in the pen. I decided not to force the issue. The lady who owns her assured us that she's ridden this horse quite a bit, back last summer. She's just always ridden with the other horse beside her.
They're asking $1,200. I'm sure they'd go down to $1,000. It would be nice to have a mare, and the possibility of a colt in our future. However, I'd need to spend money having someone work with her. That could make her a mighty expensive investment. I think I'll pass.
Besides, there's a huge Jersey sale in Seneca, Kansas, next weekend. Jersey cows aren't as likely to hurt an old woman.