Here's a few of the things we saw at the Festival of Horses the weekend before the Rose Parade in January. None of them are things I ever plan to do with Ace. In the image above, in a reenactment of a buffalo soldier activity, the rider laid down his horse to use as protection in a shoot-out (a particularly noisy activity in a covered arena.)
My poor sense of balance and my fear of heights would never allow me to stand up on my horse and swing a lasso around us both.
Trick riding at high speeds is something best left to young people who have no sense of their own mortality: It's great fun to watch, but several of the riders hit the dust during the demonstrations. No one was hurt, since all of the riders got up and back on their horses. I'm not sure I would have done any of this when I was 12, even if I didn't have a fearful mother.
I'm a professional photographer, a recovering attorney, an adjunct instructor of photography at a local community college and a four-time Jeopardy! Champion (Season 26.) Much of my spare time is spent learning to ride horses, an activity denied to me when I was a child. I love to cook and entertain and I am a passionate reader. I am married to an "old god" of the comic book world, writer Len Wein. He's the one who created Swamp Thing (with artist Berni Wrightson), the Human Target (with Carmine Infantino), Wolverine (with artists John Romita and Herb Trimpe), and Colossus, Storm, and Nightcrawler (with the late, great Dave Cockrum.)