Monday, October 5, 2009

Saturday Horse Lessons

Victor had called around a couple weeks ago to find someone who could provide some training for the family on horse care and safety.

Once Victor was able to get a hold of someone he managed to make an appointment for last Saturday and the family went to Ojai. We met with a lady by the name of Melissa who runs Western Trail Riders. She spent 2 hours with us.

The kids learned how to groom and care for the horses as well as how to put on and remove the harness; lead rope and fly mask. She taught them how to lead a horse and each one of them performed each task. It was fun to observe the behavior of each child.

Evan feels comfortable around horses and performs each task with exactness.

Aislyn is extremely confident; follows instructions and is the first to volunteer to perform each task. Aislyn really enjoys being around the horses.

Allisa is not as confident and is the last to do a given task and usually allows others to perform the tasks while she sits out. We had to coax her to get in and do the work.

The experience was fun and the kids really enjoyed them selves.

We go back in two weeks for a refresher and to learn how to saddle; bridle and ride a horse.


Anonymous said...

How fun! When I first read your title, I thought, "So...they are learning how to be horses??" Hehehehe..

Katscratchme said...

Jealous, jealous, jealous! There is a place nearby that offers riding lessons, etc... they also have internships during the warmer months. Maybe someday...