Although her multiplatform career began with a series of violent revenge songs, the country queen and tabloid target (and BBMA performer) now professes her love of "pink and puppies" and realizes that "I don't have to be guns a-blazin' all the time"

Springtime has a firm hold on Tishomingo, Okla. The storm clouds are gone, and Miranda Lambert is having a very good day.

She spent the morning astride her Gypsy Vanner purebred horse, a gift from her husband, Blake Shelton, for her 30th birthday last November. Lambert has been taking riding lessons all year, and she'll have her first competition by the end of May.

"I needed to learn how to ride properly," says Lambert. "I just learned to throw a Western saddle on and go." She has been learning English riding, "and it has been awesome. I'm having a blast with it."

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