Saturday, April 13, 2013

Spreading the love

Middle school can be really tough.   We've been fortunate with Ryan.  He's a pretty low key kid and avoids drama like the plague.  My friend's daughter, Kacey, is not as lucky.  She's been going through a rough patch lately, and since she's an animal lover, my friend asked if I would let her accompany me to the barn.
Although Rev is not a beginner's ride, he's a kind horse and has good ground manners.  
He's been very patient with Kacey as she learns the basics of horse care.
And, you know, Rev's an old show horse--I'm pretty sure he enjoys all the extra attention.
Since Rev was really quiet today, I let Kacey climb aboard for a few minutes after my ride.  This was the first time she'd ever sat a horse and she did great.  Rev, too! 
It's too soon to know how long Kacey's new found horse love will last.  Judging from the big smile on her face, however, I'm thinking it might be a while!

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  1. I remember giving a first-ever ride (bareback!) to a friend of my sister's. I put her aboard my horse Angel and led her up our gravel driveway. Kacey seems better prepared.

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  2. Most of my teenage years were spent riding crazy ponies bareback, but I'm a lot more careful these days, ESPECIALLY with other people's kids. Rev can be a real handful sometimes, but he is SO kind and knows how to take care of beginners. He was just wonderful for Kacey in the few minutes they had together. I really hope Kacey's mom will sign her up for lessons!

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  3. I think we all have the I was a crazy kid stories ... Yeah we rode the ponies bareback with halters and lead ropes ... Then we got really stupid and jumped them. I came pretty darn close to breaking my arm that day . I hope her mom gets her some lessons too nothing better for a girl than some pony love :)

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  4. I'm somewhat embarrassed to say that jumping bareback with halters and lead ropes was not anywhere near the craziest thing we did with those ponies. In fact, that was pretty tame by our standards. And helmets? Pffft! We didn't need no stinking helmets. Obviously, we were invincible!



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  5. As the mom of a daughter who was (and is) horse crazy, I think riding lessons are a great idea! Having your kid hang out with horses and friends at a barn beats having them hang out at a lot of other places..

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  6. She's a cute girl.

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  7. I would have to say I'm right there with you Jen jumping with halters and lead ropes is not the craziest thing ive done either lol oh the good ol days I hope kacey gets to learn to ride I know a few kids that got the chance to learn to ride and it changed there life I gave one of those kids the chance and he turned around and be came a pretty good roper

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  8. There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man. ~Winston Churchill


    Couldn't agree more.

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    1. What a wonderful thing for you to do for your friend and her daughter. I hope you planted a seed that will turn into a lifelong horse obsession.

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  9. I wish I knew a horse-crazy young girl that I could share my wonderful horse with but despite my efforts, that hasn't happened. I *did* totally infect my niece, though, who started riding my horse when she was 10 and is now turning 18 and owns her own Thoroughbred and is seriously into jumping. Score! :-)

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  10. UH! I'm in middle school right now and all I can say is that it sucks! Some girls are SO dramatic. I, like Ryan, try to stay as far away as I can from those guys. I set my horseback riding lessons on Monday so at least I have something to look forward to.

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  11. Update--Kacey is now taking riding lessons at Kenlyn. I watched part of her lesson last week, and she's doing really well. Even better, she's loving every bit of her time at the stable. Hopefully, the horses will have a positive influence on her life for years to come!

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