Missouri girl doesn’t ride bus to school, she rides her horse

Atlanta girl doesn’t ride bus to school, she rides her horse
by John Garlock KTVO Missouri

ATLANTA, MO. — A lot of kids ride the bus to school.

Others have parents who drop them off at the front door, but a northeast Missouri girl has a four-legged mode of transportation she rides to class.

When it comes to unique ways to get to school, Makaila Teter, 9, of Atlanta, Missouri, gets an “A.”

She gets to class by saddling up.

“I just like riding my horse so I like to ride it to school.”

Riding a horse to school was the brainstorm of Makaila’s mom, Cindy Teter.

Cindy gets their horse, named Project, ready for the three- or

four-block ride while her daughter is showering and getting ready for school.

ridinghorsetoschool“Makaila’s not one who likes to get up and go to school in the morning,” said Cindy. “She’d just as soon lay in bed. So, I woke her up one morning, and I’m like, ‘How about we ride the horse to school today?’ She’s like, ‘YES!’ She’s never popped up out of bed so fast.”

Makaila has been interested in horses since she was a little girl. Back then, she had an imaginary horse.

“It was black, and I named it Black because I watched these TV shows, and there was this black horse, and it’s name was Black,” said Makaila. “We had a trunk, a huge trunk, and I would always pretend it was my imaginary black horse.”

This third grader doesn’t have to pretend any longer. Now she has the real deal.

The horseback ride to school only takes about 10 minutes.

This mother and daughter have have been trotting there nearly every day since the new school year started.

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  • Fantastic!!

    September 13, 2013
  • beth belflower

    I am a school nurse and live quite a ways from my school but I said if my car ever broke down Id get up early and ride to school!

    September 13, 2013

    September 13, 2013
    • penny anderson

      omg give the girl a break riding in a wheelchair i think you need keep your comments to yourself i have never rode with a helmet and have rode for 38yrs she has trust in her horse and obviously the horse trust her NO PROBLEM keep riding!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
      i rode my horse to school back in the day and it was more than 3 blocks KEEP RIDING!!!!! you go girl love stories like this

      September 13, 2013
    • Debbie

      I don’t know where you are, but there is no law here that requires anyone of any age to wear a helmet…not on a horse anyway. In addition, your looking at a still picture. Before you assume they ride without a helmet, why not assume they took them off before the photo was taken?

      September 14, 2013
  • Margo Nielsen

    When my daughter was in second grade we didn’t have a car and we lived too close to the school (about a mile) for her to be allowed to ride the bus. We rode our horses to the school and I ponied her mare back home with me. Then did the same to pick her up in the afternoon.

    When she was in 6th grade, the Jr. High was too far to ride. One day she was home alone. I was out meeting clients and the the elementary school called to say that her neighbor/friend was waiting for her mother to pick her up, but no one could find the mother (who was stranded with car trouble several miles away). This was before mobile/cell phones.

    My daughter saddled up both horses and rode to the school. The administrators allowed her to bring the second grader home on my mare, whom I had given her riding lessons on. I was so proud of my daughter when I got home and the girl’s mother was thankful. This was just 15 years ago. Great memories!

    September 13, 2013
  • Brittany

    Unless the law is different in Missouri then it is where I’m from there is no law telling anyone to wear a helmet.

    In some rideos you have to wear a hat or helmet, but I’ve never had to wear anything special to ride my horse anywhere.

    Check your facts mam. Dangerous or not its their choice.

    September 13, 2013
  • Debbie Tracy

    This is just SO AWESOME, what a wonderful idea, wish more would participate doing the same….. LOVE IT 🙂

    September 13, 2013
  • Margo Nielsen

    RE: No Helmet –
    My daughter never rode with a helmet. However, when she rode her bike she had a helmet, gloves with padded knuckles and padded knee pads… even so, one day she was riding her bike on a concrete driveway, making slow circles and the front tire slipped on some gravel, she fell forward, chipped a front tooth and had a huge gash in her lip, and sprained her thumb. A lot of good the helmet did! It goes to show that you cannot prevent all accidents.
    Helmets are not required here in Texas either. You don’t even have to wear a helmet on a motorcycle.

    September 13, 2013
  • I think it is a terrific idea, more should do this. A helmet, why get your panties in a wad? Do you wear a helmet while in your cars? 90% of head injuries come from car accidents, not horse accidents. I am not against it, actually, quite the opposite, I haven’t ever worn one and am 64. I had a bad horse accident 1.5 years ago and have suffered a terrible head injury. Has not gotten any worse nor has it gotten any better! NO insurance so cannot go for help. ER only said hematoma (1 on head and 1 on leg) at the time. Knocked out over 20 minutes at the time.

    September 13, 2013
  • Cindy Teter

    Thank you all for your wonderful comments. This has been a great experience for my daughter who absolutely loves her horse. When I purchased this horse, she was extremely thin. We loved her from the time she stepped foot on our property, we cared for her, she’s gaining weight and she’s in a place that is good for her. Trust me, she knows that. She meets us at the gate every morning and when my daughter goes to put the bit in her mouth, she will barely touch her lip and Project opens her mouth to take the bit. Not only do we love her, but this horse loves us back and it shows. At a team sorting event last night, a man that I do not even know approached me and said, “your daughter is having the time of her life on that horse and that little mare takes good care of her”. He couldn’t have been more right. If you know anything about horses, you understand how this works.

    Once again, thank you all for such great feedback!
    The mother of this happy little girl!

    September 13, 2013
    • Angie Nenneman

      LIKE from one horse mom to another. Great kids come from great parents to you. Kudos!

      September 16, 2013