Crystal Elliott, 11, of Murphysboro, mounts a pony Saturday at Giant City Stables. Elliott was one of many children who attended the stables’ “Fun Day.” “I came today not only to have joy with the horses but also for the horses to have joy,” Elliott said. “I wanted them to have fun with me.”
Children line the arena gate at Giant City Stables Saturday waiting for their turn to ride a horse. The stable puts on a “Fun Day” each year, which includes horse rides, event demonstrations, lasso practice and a marshmallow and hotdog roast over an open fire.