Saturday, August 14, 2010

Horse Riding Lesson

Lizy had her first horse riding lesson. She looked beautiful, lean and graceful as she walked, cantered, and trotted her horse. I could imagine her one day, a skilled equestrian riding her horse in a beautiful meadow.

When I brought her to a stable, my friend Gina and her mom greeted us. Betsy, Gina's mom commented to me." I am so jealous of your daughter. She has a perfect build for riding horses; look at her long legs." I was bothered by my short legs as long as I could remember so I was beaming at Betsy's comment. Then while Gina was prepping her to get ready for her first lesson, Betsy talked on. "You know Indy (the horse Lizy is on) is God's gift to us. We have not had a lesson horse for a long time. You need a well trained horse for that. My passion has always been horses and children (to be able to give lessons) and I did not have a lesson horse. To my surprise my husband also wanted a lesson horse. I waited and prayed. I did not mention it to my husband again. One day my husband came home. He contacted someone in Warsaw who was giving away two horses to LoveWay stables (non profit stable for disabled children.) Well, LoveWay did not want Indy because she was too old. She is 20 you know. My husband requested her and we got her for free!!! Now we can give lessons to children!"

As she was talking I saw her other horses, who are not trained enough for giving lessons. They were in yonder pasture nibbling on sweet grass. They must be for riding for the owners who always had horses.

Lizy was already learning to canter and trot and I marveled how beautiful she looked on a horse who used to be a show horse. Lizy decided to volunteer at LoveWay stable during this summer and learn to take care of and lead horses with younger children during their trail walks. Her love for horses grew. She wanted to volunteer every day as long as possible. Then as summer was winding down she wanted to ride herself.