Riding Lessons and More in Central Virginia

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Best. Week. Ever!

The July session of Louisa County Parks & Recreation Down on the Farm Fun Camp was an absolute BLAST! Nine campers arrived with energy, enthusiasm, and excellent attitudes which created an awesome week. A highlight was exploring the sandy banks of Duckinghole Creek to find beetles, tadpoles, freshwater shellfish, evidence of beavers, and deer tracks.
Each day began with riding lessons in the ring. We rode Wizard, Henry, Ginger, Chubbs, and Misty. All the riders were trotting by Friday's lesson! Thanks to those patient school horses!
After a particularly warm hike to the back field, we rested in the shade before discovering some tasty wild blackberries growing out of the coops, which made a refreshing snack.
In the afternoons, we brought back Chubbs and Wizard, along with Rascal, for bareback rides. On Thursday, Pungo, Webster, and Belle gently carried all the campers around for Big Horse Day.
Additional activities included pressing objects, such as a horseshoe, pinecones, and acorns, into clay and then printing our names to create a keepsake; making designs on photosensitive paper from flowers, sticks, and other materials; and uncovering nearly an entire skeleton of a long-deceased horse or cow in the woods.
These campers were terrific at weed-whacking (I mean literally, whacking weeds with long sticks) and no whacks were directed at other campers, or me! We also fed the sheep and met the month-old Speckled Sussex chicks. More on those little guys next time!