Storyteller: "That Skipper was a great horse, and he and I kind of disappeared. And his head was up and my head was up, and I had him in the saddle going straight back, and it was the joy of a lifetime going down the river. The current could have took us, but kept right on swimming and crossed over."
Interviewer: "And it was just your head sticking up?"
Storyteller: "Oh, yeah, but I had a hold of the saddle, and his head was up and he was swimming, and I was just along for the ride. "
Interviewer: "Were you on the saddle or were your feet hanging out in back of you?"
Storyteller: "They were hanging out back."
Interviewer: "What was that like?"
Storyteller: "It was fun. It was fun."
Interviewer: "If you know you're going to survive it!"
Storyteller: "If he didn't panic, I wasn't going to! You could do about anything with him."
This story was collected as part of a collaborative effort to record, gather, and share stories about small-town America. Listen to other stories recorded by storytellers from Lanesboro, Minnesota, for the "Be Here: Main Street" project on the Be Here: Lanesboro channel.
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