Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Emma's First Horse Lesson

Emma and I are taking 'Momma and Me' horse lessons at Wheeler Boarding. We love Paige, the owner. She is great with kids, adults, horses, dogs, etc. She is just a great person.

Anyway, the lessons are great. The purpose of the lessons are to teach kids and parents about becomeing horse people; How to properly groom, feed, handle, care for, and ride your horse.

Yes, Emma is only 4, but she LOVES horses and has a great ability to pay attention if the subject is interesting enough. We are in class with one other girl, who is 4 1/2.

This past Thursday was our first lesson. Emma and I are in charge of Willy, the Shetland Pony.

The first thing Paige taught the girls was the safety rules. The entire rest of the day, Emma told everyone that it is not safe to walk under or behind a horse.

The next phase was grooming. Paige taught us about the different brushes used, and what order to use them in. We also got to use the hoof pick to clean Willy's hooves. That was Emma's favorite.

We actually spent about 45 minutes on grooming and safety. Then the kids took a break and it was time for leading and riding (and playing in the hay bales).

The moms started out leading the horses around the barn, then it was the girls turn. Emma did a pretty good job, but she walks pretty slow so Willy kept stopping. It was finally time to ride.

Emma always gets a HUGE grin on her face when she gets on a horse. For the first lesson we mostly just led the horses while the girls practiced sitting tall. Emma was really great at holding the saddle horn as well as the reins. She even knew to pull on the reins when Willy tried to put his head down.

I know it may not sound like much, but Emma and I had a blast and we are really looking forward to the rest of the lessons (there are 5 more).

Oh, one more reason we love Paige so much? Starting next week I will be on crutches for the rest of the lessons. Paige has offered to work with Emma so she can still get her lessons in.

Thank you Paige. You rock.

So, here are the pics from the first lesson. Have a great day!!!

I almost forgot to tell you about the recycled tire horse swing at the stable. Some days I am not sure if Emma likes the real horses or the horse swing better :)

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