NickerDoodles: Baby, I was born this way

The horse bug often strikes young–but this is taking it to a new level! Enjoy Melanie Eberhardt’s most-adorable-EVER NickerDoodle.

From Melanie:

I’m happy to present to Horse Nation a NickerDoodle inspired by our second place Derby Hat Contest winner, Thatcher “little big man” Traver.


Lookin’ good!!!

Thatcher is quite an accomplished horseman and he’s not yet a year old. With a little assistance from his folks, Thatcher is developing a solid riding seat. Mom reports “his first walk on a horse was met with screams of joy.” Hence today’s NickerDoodle, dedicated to all young horse lovers and that very special first ride!


Congrats Thatcher for being so adorable AND for loving horses at such an early age. I look forward to watching you ride in the Olympics one day!


About Melanie:

I am an artist in Atlanta. When I’m not painting, I’m riding horses. I have 3 retired Arabians and a snotty pony at home. They keep me on my toes. Three years ago I bought a young OTTB straight off the track. My new fella, Bubba, and I are learning dressage. Sadly, I’m the weak link on Team Bubba, but I learn something every time we ride so it’s all good. I started NickerDoodles to document the horsey antics that abound within my world. I’m very fortunate to balance my life with things that I love – painting and riding – and NickerDoodles gives me a forum to share. If we’re not laughing at our horses and ourselves, we’re probably crying. I prefer to laugh! I hope everyone enjoys NickerDoodles.

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