Once a year we go to Kaapse Hoop in Mpumalanga to run a marathon. It is tradition that we stay at a farm with horses on it. So Zoe has been hanging around these horses since she was about 2.
Every year we pay a bucket full of money for the privilege of Zoe sitting on the horses and being led around the premises. However this game changed last year when the owner of the horses and the farm called me aside and told me that Zoe has a natural instinct for horse riding. I laughed out loud and told him that never in my life will I pay the exorbitant fees that is involved in horse riding lessons.
Well obviously the world had other ideas. A friend started a horse riding school and she offered the lessons to me at a rock bottom price. So yes adoring Mommy gave in and Zoe has now had 3 lessons. And I must say, even to my untrained eye I can see that there is a definite feeling for the horse. Please remember that all I know about horses are that they can bite and they can kick! I actually managed to overcome my fear to such an extent that I managed to stroke one on the nose last week – goodness, those noses are soft and velvety.
Luckily somebody gave us boots and jodhpurs (and yes, I had to google horse riding pants for that word). Yesterday I started to think that we should maybe buy her, her own hat because it is not nice to have to borrow one the whole time. Well that was until this morning when I had a look at a few online horse riding shops! I almost had a heart attack – horse stuff is not cheap!!! I don’t know how we are going to keep this hobby going.
Well I think we will just keep it at a few lessons and hopefully the craze will blow over. And then the big horses are not the only attraction – this farm has ponies as well. The cutest little things under the sun, and now after yesterday’s lesson the two girls started to play with the pony’s hair – so now it is real life “My Little Ponies”. We have a date on Sunday to wash the horse and then put some ribbons in it’s hair.
What did I do?!?!?!?!?
And a few photos:
First photo was yesterday during her 3rd lesson – she has now learned to canter and there is no need for the “leash”
Second photo – before her first lesson
Third photo – playing with the pony.