Hello beautiful people!
As many of you know either by knowing me personally or by way of following my journey through on the blog, we are heavily involved in the equestrian world. It’s not just a sport or a hobby, it’s our way of life. The dynamics and ins and outs involved are the norm for us – it is what we know and do every single day. I realize that it can be hard to relate and understand for those who are unfamiliar and have no inside knowledge. It’s okay! Often times when I tell people that I ride or have horses, they think that I head over to the racetrack and put on my jockey silks. There is a lot of generalization and an understandable lack of knowledge about the details involved and many types of riding and equestrian sports.
The truth is, there are many different ways to be involved with horses and riding. There are a plethora of recognized disciplines, not to mention the unmounted opportunities.
(My equestrian story is built on the hunter/jumper discipline of riding)
Children often grow up reading stories, fairytales and seeing movies starring horses and ponies from afar with wonder. They dream of having their very own. Insert “Mommy/Daddy, can I please have a pony?”. So what does this really mean, you might ask?
This post is intended to give you some information to help in understanding what it really means to get your kids involved with horses and equestrian sports.
Let me start by saying that the life lessons learned in this sport are incomparable. The relationship you build with a horse has no parallel. Horses teach kids about responsibility, goal setting, determination, perseverance, success, failure, teamwork, sportsmanship, confidence, humbleness, hard work, dedication, independence, trust, self-awareness, and so much more.