Thunder & Lightning

Dakota is enjoying the day with her lovely horses. Thunder is a Paint horse that is a registered Tennessee Walker. He is a mix of black and white colors. His head and body are black, his neck is white, his front legs are mostly white, his back legs are mostly black, and his tail is a mix of black and white. Dakota has another black horse named Lightning who is a Missouri Fox Trotter. Lightning has a little streak of white on his back that looks just like a lightning bolt. That is why she named him Lightning. He looks like he is wearing white socks because his lower legs are white.

Dakota lives in a beautiful log cabin by Sardis Lake in the Kiamichi Mountains of southeastern Oklahoma. She loves her two gorgeous horses, and rides them all the time on the mountain trails.

She also has a sweet black and white dog that is an Australian Shepherd named Oreo. Australian Shepherds are called Aussies for short. She named him Oreo because half of his face is black and the other half is white. He is very pretty, and some of the fur around his neck is long and fluffy.

Dakota always takes Oreo with her when she goes riding on the trails. Sometimes a friend will go with her and ride Dakota's other horse. They love to go exploring and hiking in the mountains. One time while they were exploring Dakota found a very old arrowhead. Arrowheads were used by the Indians hundreds of years ago! She was so excited to find that arrowhead.

Oklahoma is Indian Territory. There is a Choctaw Indian Festival in Tuskahoma that Dakota goes to every year. She always has so much fun at the festival. There are rides and games for the children. The best part of the festival is watching the Choctaw Indians perform for everyone wearing their beautiful native clothes made with beads and feathers. They sing and dance while playing drums, flutes and other musical instruments. It is amazing to watch, and they are so talented. They also have famous singers and bands that come and perform for everyone.

There is lots of wildlife in the area around Dakota's cabin. One day she woke up and saw a bunch of wild geese in the snow across from her house. She watched them for sometime and took a photograph of them.

Oreo had so much fun playing in the snow with the ice balls. He loved the snow. Thunder and Lightning didn't seem to mind the snow either. They would stay out in the snow rather than go into the barn. The snow was beautiful and turned Dakota's place into a winter wonderland.

Another time she looked over by the lake and saw a group of wild deer playing in the grass. She watched the wild deer for a while, and then she took photographs of them. Dakota thought it was so awesome to be able to watch all that wildlife every day. She enjoyed the mountains, because she grew up living there. Even as a child she always had horses.


Dakota's sister Paige came to visit and brought her daughter, Bindi. Dakota had two snowmobiles. She took Bindi for a ride on her snowmobile. Paige rode the other snowmobile. They had a blast riding the snowmobiles that day all around the lake.

When they returned home, Dakota hooked up a sleigh to Thunder and took Bindi for a sleigh ride in the snow. She laughed and laughed while Thunder pulled her all around the lake on the sleigh. She had so much fun and hugged Thunder when they stopped. Then she started petting Thunder on his head and neck to thank him for the ride. He is a very sweet and gentle horse.

Later that same day, Dakota took Bindi for a spin around the lake in her little dune buggy. Bindi loved riding in the dune buggy and thought it was fun.

That evening, Dakota started a huge bonfire. Everyone gathered around the bonfire and told scary stories about the woods. Then they roasted sausage links and marshmallows over the bonfire. Paige and Bindi spent the night with Dakota.

Dakota also had two four-wheelers. She loved to go riding in the mountains on her four-wheeler. The next day they all went riding through the mountains on the four-wheelers. They had an amazing day exploring the beautiful mountains. They were heading home when Dakota saw a huge brown dog stuck in a large crate that was turned over on the side of the road in the woods. She stopped her four-wheeler and got out. It was a Mastiff and it was very friendly. She tied the Mastiff to her four-wheeler with a rope and took it home with her. He was gigantic! He looked like a small horse! Dakota named her new friend Hulk. She thought he was awesome and fell in love with him.
 

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Dakota is enjoying the day with her lovely horses. Thunder is a Paint horse that is a registered Tennessee Walker. He is a mix of black and white colors. His head and body are black, his neck is white, his front legs are mostly white, his back legs are mostly black, and his tail is a mix of black and white. Dakota has another black horse named Lightning who is a Missouri Fox Trotter. Lightning has a little streak of white on his back that looks just like a lightning bolt. That is why she named him Lightning. He looks like he is wearing white socks because his lower legs are white.
LaVonna Moore is a native Oklahoman born in 1960 at the Ft. Sill Army Hospital in Lawton, Oklahoma. With her father being in the military, she was able to do a lot of traveling as a child.