Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Horse Camp

Last week Natalie attended horse camp in the morning Monday-Thursday.  Needless to say, she LOVED it!  Everyday she got to ride a horse with the instructor who taught her how to pull the reins to steer the horse, how to stop, how to get going and how to trot.  She also learned that she is supposed to post (stand up and sit down while on the horse to lessen the bouncing) but she couldn't do that but they didn't expect her to after one week.  Everyday she got to groom a horse.  She also helped to give a horse a bath.  She came home dirty, tired but so excited to go back.  She even asked if she could go another week and during the year.  We will have to see about that.

The last day there was a horse show where we could see what she had learned.  Since she is so small,  young and inexperienced she had someone lead her horse.  There are long lead ropes where the instructor can stand in the middle and just turn in circles as the horse walks or trots but Natalie's horse, Memphis, does not like the rope so she had a girl run the horse around the ring.

 Each girl had a chance to tell what their favorite part was of horse camp and also tell a little something about their horse.
At the end each girl got a ribbon for their horse and a certificate.  It was definitely a good experience for her!

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