A while back at a rodeo, a super nice fella that we’ve known for awhile now, gave Truett a miniature horse. Horses in general aren’t cheap and for even these little boogers they can still be thousands of dollars. For Mr. Butler to give little man Sparkplug, well, it meant a lot to us and to Truett.
From the day Truett’s Uncle Andy sent us a text photo of Sparkplug, little man has not stopped thinkin’ ’bout his horse. You know they’re excited and all but it’s when you pull up to the ranch and see the expression on his face that makes the $100+ of gas & spur of the moment drive worth the trip. Of course getting to see family is icing on the cake.
He was tickled now. He kept saying, “that’s MY horse Dad!” and even told Nana, “now I can chase cows”. Yep, he thinks he’s set to go horseback and work cattle with his Dad now but little does he realize he’s got to learn how to ride first.
His cousin Prescott (pronounced Presscut) was there to greet him and walk him over to look at his horse. It was such a sweet moment. Even though they’re cousins, it seemed like they were brothers.
In no time, Prescott helped him settle and saddle his horse. Cowboys hard at work.
Moments later, both were saddled, Prescott on his new horse and Truett on his. Two cowboys ready to ride the long trail………….
After a fun day with family, we headed home, Truett in front, Sparkplug in the back. It was a funny site to see us hauling a big ol’ trailer with this little fella in it. I’m sure my man would have loved for folks to see that a 3yr old was in the truck as well…cowboys do have reputations to uphold after all and hauling anything miniature doesn’t exactly spell out MANLY. lol
We decided to let Sparkplug hang out and graze in our yard for a few days. He might help keep the grass mowed down a bit and definitely doesn’t take up too much room. Truett couldn’t wait to get him saddled again and ride.
He wanted Dad close by for a little bit but then in no time, he didn’t need his Dad around. He said he could do it. So grownup…just like someone else I know.
He went from holding Dad, to hands free with Dad close, to holding the rope himself. A proud moment for anyone, but especially for ranch folk who raise their kids in this lifestyle. He was truly becoming a real cowboy.
After all the ridin’, and for the next 2hrs, Truett hung around Sparkplug like he was his shadow. While Sparkplug grazed on the grass, Truett knelt down beside him, watching and even helping by tossing a few grass blades his Sparkplug’s way. It was one of the most precious moments ever and it reminded me of when my oldest were that little with their first horse.
and my favorite….a perfect picture to a perfect day.
Thank you Kelly for being so generous. I thank you, we thank you and most of all Truett thanks you. He’s couldn’t be any happier.
If any of you would like to do something generous, consider attending the Tom Butler Memorial Bronc Riding in Post Texas or purchase a piece of Ridin’ High Butler Style apparel. All proceeds go to the Tom Butler Memorial Scholarship Foundation, helping ease the financial burden a bit for those attending college, a worthy investment.