Here are my kiddos enjoying a beautiful chilly morning at the horse and pony farm. They had so much fun grooming and saddling up their pony, talking to peacocks and turkeys, following the roaming chickens, and they giggled their way thru the horse and buggy-ride as they sped around the ring.
Afterwards, they enjoyed their half-hour riding lesson. We're going here every month, and look forward to seeing our children bond with horses as they grow.
It was a relaxing time for all of us. The kids started their lesson with grooming and saddling up the pony to get him ready to ride, then ended the lesson with leading the horse back to the stable, and putting the equipment away. They learned some great lessons in compassion, care and respect for animals, and also responsibility that morning. What a total joy to watch my babies sitting up so proper on that horse, and having so much fun doing so. I've always loved being around horses, it was always a wonderful and calming adventure. As a kid I went horseback riding many times at Duke's - it was a ranch in the mountains of Upstate NY - which was great fun - but nothing compares to having my children experience horses in a more caring way. Not just riding a horse along mountainous trails, but instead first understanding that the horse is a living being, an animal who needs love and respect, an animal that needs to be taken care of.
There were also a handful of beautiful friendly dogs on the farm who greeted us and herded us around. :) Ask Dave to bring your own dog to the farm when you go. We're bringing our German Shepherd Aleethea there next month to meet the dogs and the horses (and NOT to chase the chickens, for sure).
What a wonderful way to spend a Fall/Winter day. We look forward to our next visit!
And if you're a horse lover, you won't want to miss the artwork by Arizona artist Kathleen Golter Roeth, (aka Tapestry316) who creates watercolor paintings, pen and ink, drawings, mixed media, prints, and more. Tell her we said hi. :)
Did you notice those adorable knit hats Joey and Lily are wearing in the photos? Lily has on a brown fox hat, and Joey is wearing a grey and black raccon hat, both hats were handmade by the lovely Luluswoobies on Etsy who is so very sweet and very talented.
Hope you're all having a beautiful day!