Tuesday, May 26, 2009

She's in Horse Heaven

My daughter had a call from my mother today. Seems a neighbour of mom's has offered to teach my daughter how to look after horses and to ride. For free. Catherine would have to spend a couple of weeks at my parent's house but she doesn't seem fazed by that in the least.

This is good news because Catherine has wanted to learn how to ride and, more importantly, how to care for horses since about, oh, forever. This is great news because our new neighbours across the road, who bought their house just as we closed on ours, have spent the last couple of weeks putting up fencing and a shelter for the horses they have. Catherine is already hoping they might not mind a little help mucking out stables or brushing down horses and the fact that she'll actually have a little bit of knowledge to start with can't be a bad thing.


Anonymous said...

Oh, I thought this was going to be a sad post about the other horse heaven. It's amazing the kind of chores girls do on behalf of their horses. My daughter used to have a t-shirt, "Life's greatest lessons are learned at the barn," which I liked because I think it's often true: working safely with horses requires 100% selflessness, dedication, compassion, and hard physical work. There's lots of flies, too. Yea Catherine! :)

Dawn said...

I'll be interested to see how she handles it. She's really surprised me with the work she's willing to put into violin and I'm sort of expecting that same kind of commitment with this. I think the fact that she thinks it's the taking care of horses that will be the interesting and important thing rather then the riding makes me think it will go well for her.