It's pouring down rain, very cold and we're waiting for it all to turn to snow. So what did Lily do? Same thing she does every day -- she rode. I wouldn't have ridden if I were in the ribbons with only one more phase of an event to go. Buddy didn't like it either -- he gets really ticked when rain gets in his ears. But he's learning who's boss.
You'd think she was training for the Olympics. (Maybe she is!)
Her 13th birthday is coming up. What does she want? Some painting and maintenance done on the truck and trailer, and re-joining Pony Club. Not one other thing.
She's spent the last four hours cleaning her tack and oiling it. (Which it needed after its soaking.)
I wanted her to be interested in riding. I wanted her to share my love for horses. I had no idea she would be this passionate, but I'm thrilled.
I know of other girls who have lost interest, even though they have horses and riding moms. I can't tell you why they lost interest, and I expect one day Lily will discover boys or something and things will change around here. (That's probably the way it should go -- but the longer she waits, the better). Maybe they were pushed too hard. One had a very difficult horse and got scared. Maybe riding just didn't appeal to them as much as other things. Sort of like it doesn't appeal to my husband.
I can tell you a few things we did right. The first was getting her a safe pony. She had a lot of fun, learned a lot and built her confidence up.
The third was that when bad things happened, her teachers were able to help her. One is really gifted at restoring confidence and she really turned things around for us a few months ago. I think this teacher's gift is that she has a really forceful personality, and when she says you can do something, you either believe her or are too intimidated not to try. Plus she keeps you busy and keeps you laughing. She's very unconventional so there's always an element of surprise.
The fourth may be that her best friend also loves horses, though she is new to them. I think that's all they talk about.
And the fifth -- we live out here where there's nothing else to do. We don't own any of those electronic games beyond what will run on a P.C. She's not allowed to use IM. And if you only walk outside to get something out of the car, Buddy will be there at the fence. Calling to you.