My mom has worn her hair the same way my entire life
My mom was riding right up until I was born and after I was born she frequently packed me around with in a backpack. Once I was too big for that I started riding in front of her or dad depending on who was riding the steadier horse #safetythird. Eventually I graduated to lead line, and occasionally they would have to drop the rope go chase cows and then come back for my sister and me.
I am the wee little midget on the front of the paint
After I got big enough that I could be trusted to follow along behind the halter rope got tied to the saddle (just in case) and we were always left at the back of the herd to push the cows along, while mom and dad worked the front and middle.
I wore that floppy old hat so much
The country we were in was rough to say the least, I am quite certain as an adult I would not be brave enough to tackle some of the trails that were used to drive the cows up to the national forest. We also had to drive the cows up a two lane highway each spring and fall. At the time I was too young to understand those added dangers, but I do remember my mom being very upset about some near misses.
Riders had to be scattered throughout to keep the cows moving steadily
so there weren't any build ups that could cause cows to be pushed off the trail
We also did 4-H and the one year my sister was trying to date a guy and she discovered that if she showed horses she could see him weekly instead of once a month. So she begged and begged and begged to show horses. I wasn't interested in it, but my mom insisted that if my sister was going to do it I had to do it too. I am sure my mom knew that my sister wasn't interested in horses and was determined not to haul the daughter with minimal interest in horses around and leave the one that actually liked horses at home.
I guess I always was all about the matching.
So in middle school (oh the ever awkward years) I started having my first pseudo lessons. Really the guy didn't have much to say besides slower, because I was a bit of a speed demon. My first serious lessons didn't happen until much later as in about six years ago.