Some of my fondest memories are of riding one of my best friends horses. She lived on a ranch and had some gentle horses we were allowed to ride, so I would spend the week end on occasion and one of our activities always involved horse back riding. Horses need the exercise, and love the attention. She was very much into horses having coats for horseback riding and filling a sketch book with her drawings of horses in her spare time. She was quite the equestrian.
There is nothing like riding horseback in the country enjoying the nature sights with the wind blowing through your hair. For a child it is the perfect vantage place allowing you to see so much more than what you could see on foot. My friend taught me how to lead and direct the horse by laying the reins gently on one side of the neck to turn that direction and on the other side for the opposite direction. You would pull back on the reins to stop the horse. A gentle touch with your foot in the horse's side and the words "giddy up" would get you moving at a faster trot.
I still have a very soft spot in my heart for horses but haven't had the opportunity to ride since I was a child. I promised my children when we left New York and moved to my home state of Michigan that they would get to ride horseback, but the horse owners we have come in contact with here do not allow people to ride their horses, so I have decided to contact US Para-Equestrian Association to see if there are any places that allow one to pay to ride a horse. By the way they have showcoats on sale. I take great stock in my promises and would love to take my children on their long awaited horseback ride.
This post linked to Two Questions Thursday by Amanda.
My questions to you today are:
1. Do you have fond memories of an activity you enjoyed as a child that you would like to share with your children and haven't?
2. Why not? (You don't have to answer this one.) :-)
Thank you for your visit today. Take care, God bless and stay healthy!
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