My mom is the reason my horse dreams come true. She was there to remind me breathing is a really good thing to do when show jumping at my first show ever, and she was there, in the pouring rain, to cheer me on in the first event I ever won with Noah. She was there when I fell in love with that chestnut trouble maker, and she was there to hug me while I cried in sheer frustration after the worst clinic with him in the history of riding. I don’t know how my mom did it, but I sure hope I can figure it out. She was the reason that I can look back with a grin on that summer bike ride so many years ago, when I fed a horse along the trail a carrot and told her some day I’d have a horse of my own. She made that day dream a reality.
In honor of mother’s day, here are some ideas of fun mother-daughter horsey activities. I’ve included some every-day ones, as well as some great places to visit around the US, just in case you’re traveling and need a quick horse fix. This list is just a few I thought up–please feel free to add to it!!
1. Read “Black Beauty” together. Some of my fondest memories of childhood are the stories my mom would read to me, our cat curled up on her lap as she painted pictures with words. “Black Beauty” is one of the classic horse stories, up there with “My Friend Flicka,” and far easier to read. There is a picture-book version and the full chapter book. Don’t forget a few tissues for poor Ginger’s chapter… Read more on A mother’s day…
Fortunately, I’ve improved a bit since then, and learned a whole lot about how to stay balanced in the saddle.
How you sit on your horse will determine how good your balance is. You want to sit on your horse in such a way that if I could suddenly yank him out from under you, you’d land happily on your feet! Read more on Balance…
How exactly that feat is accomplished varies from sport to sport, but for everything from polo to cattle roping, you need three things: balance, communication and precision.
Grooming is a very important part of getting a horse ready to ride, as well as putting him away for the day. Grooming accomplishes three important things:
1. It’s a great chance to look over your horse to see if he has any cuts, scrapes or swellings.
2. Grooming prevents the saddle, bridle or other tack from catching on something rough, like mud, on the horse’s skin and giving him a painful sore.
3. Grooming can make a horse’s coat healthier, as it “wakes up” the skin and encourages good blood flow.