The women in the Ballard family are wild about horses, and they all have their tales to tell. The men are another story.
Matthew, 11, recalled an incident that didn't bolster his enthusiasm for riding.
"I had absolutely no experience and I was trying to drive the horse - I mean to stir it - and the horse went too far to one side going through the gate, and I fell off," he said. "I've kind of gotten a little more nervous around horses since that happened," he added.
Recalling the experience, his sister, McKenzie, 13, giggled.