She has been smitten with horses for several years now. I thought it would be a passing interest…that we’d play cowgirls and equestrians for a year or two and be ready for something else, but she is still ever constant in her love for horses, perhaps more now than ever before. When she turned six, I wanted to arrange for her to meet and ride a horse, but that plan never really came together. So leading up to her seventh birthday, I wanted to really make it happen.
I reached out to a friend who is a lover of animals who just happens to have a horse named Tuff, a rescue with a sweet temperament. I asked if we could come meet him, feed him, brush him, or really do anything that would put my my daughter within 10 feet of him. Somehow I knew that an up-close encounter would be the highlight of her life.
I kept it a surprise until we were driving right up to the farm where Tuff boards, and let her discover the adventure we were about to go on together. Of course she lit up when she realized what the excursion was all about.
It was neat to see her jump right in…that’s her usual way. She got a one-on-one lesson about how to be safe around horses, how to put on a lead rope and take Tuff from pasture to the barn, how to brush and care for a horse, and then came the opportunity to ride.
After many years of hobby-horse rides and galloping around the house, it was interesting to see her on a real horse. I could see her wheels turning and her little heart soaring with each trip around the arena. It was a dream come true for her and for me, and an experience neither of us will ever forget.
It astounds me to think about how quickly seven years have passed since I held this baby girl in my arms for the first time. She has taught me so much, and I’m constantly inspired by her bright spirit and wild imagination. Happy 7th birthday darlin’ girl!