My daughter has taken up horse riding lessons at the Camp Pendleton base stables. It began as a volunteer project, cleaning stalls with a friend. A week later she was taking lessons. In fact, when the paid lessons began the volunteering stopped.
In hind sight, I imagine it was a ploy between tween-age friends.
It's not so much a bother. I'm happy she has an activity she enjoys. The base stables make it super easy and convenient for non-horse owners. Plus, horse riding and care has been shown to promote responsibility and confidence in youth. My hesitation comes from my unfound fear of horses. I can't even pinpoint an exact reason why I'm afraid. Horses just freak me out.
The thing is I don't want my kids to have this same fear.
I let them ride horses with helmets, in corralled areas, and with someone leading them.
Riding lessons aren't real conducive to all my rules...so I'm learning real fast to let go!
If she falls off, she has a helmet.
The ground is soft-ish in the arena.
Broken bones heal.
Runaway horse eventually stop.
And horses don't actually eat humans...correct?!?
Just some positive thoughts on this Tuesday afternoon.