In 2010, the year the parade didn't happen, we painted glitter paint on the mares' hooves.
Last year, I went bareback and we added butt bows and glitter gel to the mix.
|Red, white and blue sparkly feetsies,|
For some reason, the parade organizers decided to push back the parade an hour, for an 11:00 start, which worked out perfectly - it gave me plenty of time to try to do Her Highness' hair (since I hadn't bothered to practice doing it). Nebalee is pretty much our hair and butt bow expert, so she started in on Jesse while I started on Estes.
|Nebalee whipped right through.|
|It took me a little longer.|
|Estes and Ranger really got into it,|
she's got marks all over her.
I had planned to ride bareback-bareback, but since Ranger was bad, Her Highness has a bit of swelling on her back, so I rode on one of Mom's bareback pads (which saved me from having the whole diarrhea-looking butt after the parade).
It took us just over an hour to get the horses ready (we didn't do a pedicure this year), but the effort was well worth it!
|Jesse's mane ROCKED!|
|Estes' mane wasn't nearly as neat as Jesse's|
but it looked pretty good anyway.
|Them's some fine-lookin' mares, yessir!|
Finally, it was line-up time and we rode over to our place in line, with Nebalee and her kids in Ripley. Yes, we put our Korean car in the 4th of July parade, and she looked good! Nebalee will probably never be able to listen to Party Rock Anthem again, as she and the kids were blaring it along the parade route.
|Estes and me shuff-ff-ff-alin'|
|Stopped along the parade route,|
have no idea what the hold up was.
This year was a huge success for the Bionic Cowgirl - in the past when Jesse started putting on a show, she'd have to dismount and walk back because she just didn't have the hip/leg strength to stick with Jesse's little temper tantrums. This year, though, she stuck it all out. Those bionic hips are kind of a cool thing (but Jesse may not agree, as she doesn't get her way a whole lot anymore).