I used to like dogs, but then I got interested in horses. I live in the city, but I would read about them in books and see them when we traveled. I started to draw them. It was easy. I always start with the head or neck. I think the legs and hooves are the hardest. I can also draw other animals, including wolves and cats. When I was seven, my parents signed me up for horseback riding lessons. I wasn’t afraid because I’ve always been good with animals.

When I grow up, I want to be an alligator wrestler or a horse trainer. On my first lesson we learned how to groom the horses and lead them. Eventually, we learned how to walk, trot, and canter. I even learned how to jump. The only time I ever fell off was when I was riding a Shetland, and he didn’t want to jump. It’s actually easier to ride bigger horses. The one I usually ride is Rollick, and he’s an ex-racer.

It’s been a long time since I’ve been able to ride, and I’m looking forward to doing it again soon. In the meantime, I’ll keep drawing them and saving money for more lessons.

by Makenzie, age 11

Texas Children’s Cancer Center

photo from flickr by kazamitssam

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