It’s a Family Affair

Well not quite the whole family, but Lili, Naomi and I all went to our horse backing riding lessons today.  Lili has been riding for almost a year, but this was a first for Naomi and me.  Not the first time we’ve been on a horse/pony, but certainly a first lesson.

My lesson was a huge success!!!!  I’ve ridden 4 times in my life.  Two of those times were trail rides at camp and the other two I fell off the horse/pony.  No trail ride today.  I was actually learning to be in charge of the horse and telling her what to do.  I also didn’t fall off, therefore, SUCCESS!!!!

Naomi has been on pony rides at a few places, but it’s just not the same sitting on a pony connected to a metal bar walking in a circle with all the other ponies and riders.  She too was learning how to care for, saddle and ride.  Since I was busy with my lesson, I wasn’t able to watch her do much riding, but was told she did an awesome job.  Most of all, she loved it!!!!

Hubby went along to watch and take some pictures.  Unfortunately, he didn’t get many good photos, but just so you have some proof of us being on horseback, I’ll share what we have and try to get better pictures in the not-too-distant future.

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Naomi brushing Cooper. Cooper is the pony Lili has being riding for the last year and now it’s Naomi’s turn.
Lili and me brushing our horses.  Lili is brushing Shatan and I'm brushing Oprah.
Lili and me brushing our horses. Lili is brushing Shatan and I’m brushing Oprah.
Look, I'm on the horse and not on the ground!!  Yee Haw!!
Look, I’m on the horse and not on the ground!! Yee Haw!!
Lili riding Shatan.  No more pony rides for her.  She is on a horseback.
Lili riding Shatan. No more pony rides for her. She is on horseback.

Sorry I don’t have any pictures of Naomi riding.  They all came out very blurry, but we’ll get more soon.

We had another special treat today.  One of the ewes on the farm gave birth to twins about an hour before we got there.  So after our lesson we were able to go see the momma and babies.  The girls were thrilled to see the lambs so soon after they were born and it led to some great questions like, “Why do they have blood on them?”   ‘What’s that red stuff hanging out of the momma?”  Our trip home included some education on how babies live inside mamma’s and what happens after they are born.  Based on their curiosity and the fact that they were not the least grossed out by what they saw, I’m think both our girls will make fine homesteaders one day.

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