Horsing Around


After thinking this day would never come, we finally ended up back at horse riding again!! The weather was….. well, not very accommodating, and we thought the horses might be a bit silly like they can tend to be in that kind of weather, but all was good.

The moment of reuniting with Selwyn was really lovely
But it wasn’t long before the effects of the wind gusts had the sawdust blowing up into eyeballs, which was far from pleasant. Even “nerf” goggles borrowed from a friend didn’t really solve the problem. In view of the cost of the lesson and the fact that she’d been so looking forward to coming back, it was tempting to try to convince her to just put up with it “like the other kids”, assuming that she would end up coping and having a good time. But I chose instead to honour her discomfort and respect her desire to sit out for awhile. Before the lesson ended, she decided completely on her own to bravely face it once again (see below!) and I was so glad that I’d listened to her.
Learning to remove the saddle is all part of the experience
There’s always time for some nature appreciation on the way back to the car, enjoying a peaceful moment before an afternoon filled with friends, friends and more fun….

2 thoughts on “Horsing Around”

  1. Yay! Learning to trot is exciting!! It’s hard when other parents force their kids to ‘get on with it’ when you are there too, huh!? At Kai’s class last week, I saw a Mum pushing a crying kid into the class saying ‘You wanted to do it, get in there.’ 🙁 It’s an intimidating class! Like 35 kids or soomething!! I also let Kai sit out bits he doesn’t enjoy or when he is fed up…..I get shot daggers by the other mum’s, but I just take my knitting and get on with it!

    1. I love the “take out my knitting” strategy. I’d better brush up on my knitting skills lol! For the record, I didn’t observe any other parents forcing their children to keep riding with eyes irritated by the sawdust although I did see a lot of kids riding with very sore looking eyes. My daughter knew she could come to me with the problem, and I’m so glad I’ve moved beyond the days when I would have felt really disappointed that she was “missing out” on something she’d really wanted to do. I think it’s a pretty good guess that she wants to be listened to and respected even MORE than she wants to ride a horse. 🙂

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