For our troops year end event I was able to throw together a horse clinic for our girls at a local spot, Sun Pony Ranch. First off, this ranch was awesome. They were so accommodating to our girls. They had the whole event down to a science and really showed the girls a great time. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking for a ranch experience. I know our troop will be back.
We started the day off with lunch together on the hay bales. Afterwards, we all sat around for our horse safety talk. Of course Reagan was dressed all ready to go for her time at the ranch. Cowboy hat and boots and all.
I actually learned a lot myself.
One question I remember was,
“Why do horses get spooked?”
Answer: “Because they are creatures of flight. Which means they are hunted.”
Next question: “What predators here are a threat to horses?”
To which one of our girls responded: “Sharks”
The girls were then broken into groups of 2-3 girls per horse. The teams consisted of two older girls who would have their very own 30 minute riding lesson. And one younger girl who was too young to ride but would have extra grooming and care time while the others rode. They learned how to bridle the horse and prepare to ride. While the first group had their riding lesson the other group learned how to groom and feed their horse. All very well organized. Unfortunately, Reagan was in the too young to ride group. Its a boy scout rule that you have to be in 2nd grade to ride a horse. Reagan was super bummed but we promised to come back again.
While she couldn’t ride the horse. She was allowed to guide the horse out the the ring for the older girls. This seemed to make her happy. Here she is with her buddy Rio.
While the big girls were having their lesson, Reagan was inside the barn having extra one on one time with the horses. She learned how to groom, care for, and feed the horses.
We posed for one group shot before heading home. Although it was a huge bummer to not be allowed to ride Reagan handled it like a pro. WE promised to go back on our own and maybe even attend a horse camp there this summer. I hope we do because I know one Mom who would love to take lessons with her girls. A dream come true.