We had told Natalie that she could do horseback riding lessons this past summer and that fell through. I knew there was a church in the area that has pony riding lessons but when I contacted them they basically told me that it's only open for the kids who are in their preschool/daycare program and that they don't have space for outsiders. I may try again in the spring but I don't think it will happen. I have found a pony camp for next summer already but I don't know if they do lessons during the year or not. That place is a little further. I also found a place in Palatine but I don't know if I want to drive that far. There are tons of stables around us but I think they all do horse riding lessons and not pony riding lessons and most horse riding lessons start at 7 years old and are really expensive. I have to keep looking.
There is a woman in my multiples group who lives on a horse farm and has her own horse. She agreed to give Natalie a lesson on her horse. Natalie and I headed over after our pumpkin farm visit in the slight drizzle so Natalie could ride a horse. Natalie LOVED it! The horse was fairly docile but at moments wanted to go faster than a walk. We went through the forest preserve that is right by this woman's house. Natalie was very content riding a big horse. I think it made me more nervous than her. The woman said Natalie did a great job and sat up very straight the whole time. Natalie hasn't asked for lessons again but I'm sure she will. I'm trying to decide if I want to do lessons inside during the winter or wait until the spring. We'll see. Unfortunately stables don't have great websites so I need to call around to see what I can find for her.