We arrived at the ranch where the woman helping us said to Jake, "Come and stand over here and let's see if you are tall enough." I had a slight panic. No one mentioned height requirements on the phone. Jake looked at me wide eyed and walked over. I've never seen a kid stand so straight in my life; his neck possibly grew an inch. The woman chuckled and said, "You made it...with about a half-inch."
Appropriately, Jake's horse was named Shorty.
For those wanting to know, the rest of the horses were Sout (Kerry), Duchess (Maddie) and Duke (Mike).
Near the end of our ride we came back to the ranch and passed by this. I thought these people were pretty fortunate to get to wake up to a view like this every morning - and they get to wake up to the smell of horse stables. I know that sounds stupid, but I really love the smell of being around horses.
It was a very fun way to celebrate Maddie's birthday and we all had a great time. Maddie is excited because as part of her present from her Grandma and Grandpa Smith she was invited to go with Grandpa out on another trail ride when she chooses. She's already trying to narrow down the dates.