Horse Camp

I’m helping with a horse camp my mother-in-law puts on this week. We put in 12 hour days, but then I come home to my bed and more importantly: my shower. It’s been fun, it’s been real, and it has been real fun too. There are dirty lone socks everywhere around me.

Here’s the low-down of what we did just today:

Tied goats

Tied calf dummies

Ran clover leaf barrel patterns

Took pasture rides

Saddled

Unsaddled

Saddled again

Unsaddled again

Spray off horses

Swam

Horseshoe craft

Watched NFR videos

Swam again

Ate spaghetti

Put on sunscreen

Reapplied sunscreen

Caught calves

Ran the calf chute

Tracked calves

Ate popsicles

Played capture-the-flag

Finally showered

I hope the next thing on the list is sleep. I know it is for me. I’ve learned a lot, and I’m grateful to be part of these kids lives. I told you I was working on my horse skills. Here’s what I’ve learned:

1. My trotting posture is getting better. I like loping better….much smoother.

2. It is a privilege to work with horses.

3. Kids can be outside all day in the summer. Just keep them hydrated and sunscreened. Oh, and feed them. Don’t underestimate them. They can do so much more than we give them credit for.

4. We are all braver than we think we are.

5. It is pure bliss to be gratefully present to the moment. This is easier sometimes than others.

6. Use your body and muscles or lose it.

7. Dirt never hurts. You can breathe it and eat a lot of it actually.

8. I’m developing a love for photography. Photo ops abound.

I have to go back to the barn now. Bye.

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