so yesterday was the first real day of our venture into horse "ownership". it was marvelous. k said it was even better than she had ever imagined. i am so happy.
and while i am sure there are different iterations, the basics of leasing a horse are most likely the same. it works something like this:
we have a quarter lease, which means, we are responsible for a quarter of the boarding costs. in turn, the girls have access to "their" horse and pony on Sundays, as well as being able to ride them in their lessons. access includes chores, and it also includes free riding in the ring, which is something they have been dreaming of. riding their horses with their friends. side-by-side. chatting. practicing what they've been learning in their lesson. getting to know the animal better.
of course there are limitations, and rules to follow, but there is also the comfort that there is someone else watching over our shoulder to ensure we are doing everything right. i appreciate that.
i did not grow up riding horses, as i've said before. but i love them. seeing this develop in the girls is thrilling for me.
k is leasing a welsh cobb pony named curio. who she has loved for a very long time. she's fast and sassy and challenging and k enjoys every minute of it.
e is leasing a mustang named suki. a gentle boy with a beautiful rolling canter. he's quiet and thoughtful. much like the girl.
and me. i am also taking lessons. and i am so happy to have been asked to help a new boarder at the ranch adjust. his name is cisco, and he is being taken care of through the ranch's horse and pony rescue program. he is a sweet old soul, and i am happy to spend time grooming and walking him as he prepares for his new job loving children and having them love him.
it is a new adventure. dipping our toe into horse ownership feels good. i'll definitely keep you informed how all this goes. xo
in the sfv and curious about horses? our ranch is an amazing place to start. summer camp registration begins February 1! visit Total Equestrian Experience