Stonewater Ranch: Dally Trusts Leslie

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The Little Mustang Takes a Big Step

By Stonewater Staff


Dally Trusts Leslie
Photo Courtesy Stonewater Ranch

The time had come. I knew Dally was ready for a student to take his leadrope and begin the student-Mustang partnership we have been working toward. So, on Thursday evening, with the other nine campers watching from the rails, little Leslie stepped into the roundpen with me, and the formerly-wild two-year-old Mustang, Dally.

Leslie was the smallest, quietest student that week. She was mostly looked over or ignored by the other campers. Nothing escaped her observation. Her quiet demeanor and calm sense of self were perfect to pair with Dally.

Without a change of expression, after a few clear instructions from me, Leslie reached her hand out in a friendly hello. Dally stretched his nose forward to touch the offered hand. I gave the leadrope over to the small, quiet girl. At first she just stood there. With some encouragement from me, she began walking a small circle; then the circle got larger and larger, until girl and horse were calmly walking the perimeter of the round pen in a quiet matter-of-fact way. None of those involved will forget this moment. It’s a moment we will relive every time a student and a Mustang come together to learn and grow.

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