- How Did You Get Your First Horse? (This can also be "How did you get your first steady ride?")
- Was it easy or hard?
- What did getting your first horse involve?
- Did you already know something about horses?
- How old were you?
I loved Puzzle more than life itself, the way that only a horse-crazy little girl can love a naughty little pony. I thought about him constantly. I dreamt about him. Told complete strangers about him. When I wasn't riding him, grooming him, hanging out in his stall, or playing in his field, I was drawing pictures of him and writing stories about him. I pretended my "Misty of Chincoteague" Breyer was him. I cantered around the dining room jumping imaginary jumps, pretending I was riding him in a Grand Prix.
In truth, he wasn't all that fancy but he was a good jumper, and when he didn't buck me off or run away with me (which was a pretty common occurrence -- apparently he found me kind of annoying when I wasn't feeding him treats), we managed to get some good ribbons at some pretty big shows. It was a lot of hard work to help pay for it, but that pony was hands-down the absolute best part of my childhood.
It's true what they say, you never forget your first love.