My son has started school now so my daughter and I find ourselves together, just the two of us for the first time ever. Lucky me, she LOVES horses!
I have a 'buddy saddle' that attatchs to the back of my saddle. Previously, my son had used it and my daughter sat in front of me if we went out on horseback. When it became uncomfortable for Rose to be in front of me, sharing my saddle because she was too big, we shelved the buddy saddle because I couldn't just take One child with me! And I didn't feel she was old enough or have enough balance to be behind me yet. But, a few months later and over 1 inch taller! LOL.. I thought I would try it since she was riding my horse more than I was each day! I would put my bareback pad on Sunny, and put her on with a lead rope and we would walk the dogs each morning. With all the rain, I thought it would be MUCH nicer (and far more enjoyable ;-) if I could ride with her! I tried getting on behind her with the Bareback pad but it wasn't comfortable for any of us! So I thought I would try the buddy saddle again.
She LOVES it!! Her balance is great (we had been practicing turns, cirlces, stops, backups and even trotting with her on the bb pad so she has really developed a decent seat for a 2.5yr old! )
While having her ride while I walked was okay. Riding together is way better!
We had some great long fast canters too. He was a bit powerful so I didn't let him get in a gallop. But I know he enjoyed the fast canter because he dropped his head and blew out at the canter several times :-) I think he liked to stretch out like that and have a good run. It was nice and long too (as you can see from the road), he was able to get past that chargy canter they can have at first and get into a nice floppy, relaxed (even though it was fast) canter. It wasn't the rocking horse canter that we all love. It was the yahoooooo! this is FUUUUUNNNN canter! LOL.
The kids liked it too. They got to go fast and got to see "Mom and Sunny galloping" :-)) "going fast, fast, fast".
We all had a good time.
Since I'm on here now... I'll mention a couple of other things! hehehheh
We went to an auction last weekend... It was mostly harness horse things but there was a decent looking two horse trailer with sleeping quarters. Super clean. I thought I would put in a 'junk bid'... low and behold.... look what came home!
|Sunny checking out the new pond (sorry, for some reason this picture got misplaced... see below for story)|
Can't get better than days with kids, dogs & horses! (although husbands who digs ponds, makes horse playgrounds and are willing to haul horses and kids around are pretty good too!)