Shanda leans in and embraces Janie, a 10-year-old horse, as she massages her shoulder in preparation for an upcoming show. “It’s all I think about. This isn’t how I make a living. This is for me, and they [the horses] love it, too,” Shanda says.
Shanda smiles as Logan embraces Kid during an afternoon exercise. “Logan can’’t do contact sports, but for Kid to be that safe – it says something about Kid and how much I trust that horse,” Shanda says.
Logan hangs out at the barn after school while Shanda feeds Kid.
Gerald watches from his horse, Junior, as Shanda fixes the reins on Kid. “My dad is just always there. He always has been. He’s still is at the gate every time me and my brother run,” Shanda says.
Logan plays with a toy truck while Shanda prepares for the next day’s show at the Saddle Club.
Shanda lures Kid in with food before putting the reins on him for an afternoon ride.
Logan plays on Shanda’s phone while eating Mexican at Mi Camino Real in Leitchfield. “They don’t even have to ask our order when we walk in. They call Logan ‘chicken nuggets,’” Shanda says.
Shanda laughs while talking to Gerald during pre-show warm-ups at the Saddle Club. Gerald is the Vice President of the club, which started in 1969.
A feather, representing Psalms 91:4, is branded onto Shanda’s horse and tattooed on her wrist as a symbol of her faith. This verse says, “He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.”
Shanda and Gerald take their horses for an afternoon ride into the woods behind the Beatty family home.