Friday, September 2, 2011
I couldn't let summer end without reporting on the excellent group of scouts from Spotsylvania who took over EKF for a whole week to get their Riding and Horsemanship badges! These girls worked extremely hard to digest and master a HUGE amount of information in just a few days. Equine behavior, safe horse handling, grooming, tacking up -- there was a lot to get through before we even mounted up. There was a little apprehension about riding independently, but by Day Four they were all off the leadline and steering like pros (see below). Kudos to the mom who put together the supercute collage in the top picture, showing each girl's first experience at the trot -- a classic moment we all can remember: "What is happening? This is soooo bumpy! Am I going to fall off? That was FUN!"
Even better, these young women are returning to continue lessons, so they will make some amazing progress this fall.