Today we had a bunch of homeschooling families come to the farm for a 'horse day'. Everyone learnt a bit about horse anatomy (they have a frog in their hooves), horse care (they need lots of tlc) and had a ride. Jester the chestnut horse and Casper the rescue pony ever so patiently donated their wonderful selves to the throng of curious children...the sun shone and I hope everyone enjoyed the 'freedom farm' vibe.
There were a fair few kids who rode for the first time today and it got me thinking.....one thing that I want to give my kids is experiences. The more things we experience (horse riding, splatter painting, rock climbing, skiing etc etc ad infinitum), the more experienced we become. The more facets we add to the glorious prism that is our lives.
For me riding a horse isn't just sitting on a warm beast. It is about connection with another species, about strength and responsibility, about sitting tall and checking out a different view. And every child experienced it differently. Some enjoyed teaching others to ride, some enjoyed the feel of the horses hair, some loved to watch them move.
I enjoyed their enjoyment!!!!