I'm not yet back to riding, (I must wait until I have my bladder surgery and then the subsequent recovery process will further hinder my return-to-riding until late Winter/early Spring), I still maintain that it's critical to spend time with your horse, even if it's a hand walk, time spent grooming or even just hanging out with him in his stall. But, since I'm used to having my guy stabled no more than 10 - 15 minutes from my home, now that he's approx. 30 - 40 minutes from home, it's been hard to get to the barn and I miss him terribly. I sometimes find myself agonizing over whether or not the move to the new barn was premature but then I remember the benefits and also Valie has gained weight, made some great new turnout friends and is one happy Thoroughbred!
On another note, I am happy to announce that my two grandsons, ages 3 & 5, are now riding at Four Winds Farm. The 5 year old is actually taking lessons and the 3 year old gets a little leadline time at the end of the older child's lesson. Please enjoy the photos I've posted of both boys! Elijah is the older boy and Isaiah is the younger one, they are both horse crazy and forgive my if I sound like a proud Grandmother, but Elijah's posting trot is just incredible! My little Isaiah will formally begin lessons when he turns 4 and I look forward to the day that the three of us ride together! So, my question for the week is, What do you think of placing small children on a horse (with a helmet on their wee little heads, of course!) and what about lessons, etc. I ask this question because some of my non-horsey friends are questioning my sanity and I would like to get a take on what you guys think! Please don't hesitate to be brutally honest if you don't agree with my decisions to back their "horse fever"!"
Introducing my youngest Grandson, 3 year old Isaiah, in his barn owned helmet!
I plan to get him fitted for a brand new helmet when he officially begins lessons.
Introducing 5 year old Elijah, my oldest Grandson, and his mount for the day (a very trusty school horse!) and in the rear is Caitlin O'Neill, FWF's Barn Manager and she's a talented Instructor as well!