So the last few weeks of lessons in photos.
*I suppose I should explain how lessons work. Typically Jill, Emma and I go out to get Meggie from her paddock. Jill lets Emma do most of the work, but is there if needed. We bring Meggie in, brush her, tack her up (saddle blanket and saddle to start), then Emma does her ground work.
Ground work entails Emma holding onto Meggies lead rope and walking, trotting and loping Meggie in circles. She starts going one way, then switches to work both sides of Meggies body (very important).
Once Meggie is warmed up, it's time to put on the bridal and bit so Emma can ride.
From March 15th.
We started showing up early so that Emma and I could catch Meggie and groom her before lessons. Gives Emma more ground work and riding time.
Meggie really is the perfect height for Emma
Getting the halter on
Tying the knot
Leading Meggie to the barn
Such a cute pair!
Emma enjoys the ground work. She understands how important it is to the horse, and that it makes her a better rider.
A blurry photo, but a good shot of her posting.
Playing the bean bag game. Jill (Emma's trainer) places bean bags around the arena for Emma to maneuver Meggie into specific placement. Then Emma needs to throw the bean bags into a circle in the middle of the arena. She loved this activity.
No pictures of Emma actually riding or doing ground work. Here she is trying to turn Meggie loose, while Meggie and Otis try to get at the homemade treats they know she has.
While Emma is busy with Meggie, Otis decides to check out what I am holding.
As you can see by the big smile, Emma loves giving them treats.
All gone! Time to get out of the cold. Brrr!
That's it for Montana horse lessons for a bit. We may have someone lined up to teach Emma while we are in Texas, but we have no idea what is going to happen while we are there, so we will just play it by ear.
We will miss Jill, Meggie, and Otis, but we look forward to starting lessons back up the moment we get back to Montana. Mama's even gonna take lessons when we get back!