It started when she was three years old and rode a horse while on vacation in Jamaica. She still remembers her name, “Sweetie Pie”. A thirty minute ride on the back of Sweetie Pie has lived with her every day since. Our daughter has been asking us for horseback riding lessons every year since her first ride, and now the timing is right!
As you will soon see, in one day her life became filled to the brim with a new love. This time her name is “Dollie”.
The instructor (Brooke) is the sweetest woman, very encouraging and patient with our daughter. She took our daughter out to the field to bring Dollie into the barn so she could learn how to groom the horse before riding her. Our daughter didn’t mind one bit. She was willing to clean stalls if asked just to be near the horses.
We were both so proud of how well she did with walking up to the horses and learning how to put a lead on Dollie. She had zero fear and joy was beaming out of her. Brooke kept smiling and commenting how wonderful it was to be with a student so excited to begin this journey one step at a time.
Next was into the barn to begin learning how to groom Dollie. Oh I should mention I’m highly allergic to horses and only suffered a tiny bit after our two hours on the farm and being covered in the horses dander after she was fully groomed. I’m very thankful that God is healing me so I can spend time with the horses more and more each week! They are very healing to be around and just beautiful to capture.
Step by step Brooke took our daughter through each detail of caring for a horse. I have never seen our daughter so joyful and peaceful.
Brooke wasn’t the only one who was super patient. Dollie was incredible with our daughter and never fused one bit the entire time being groomed and touched by her.
Before they finished putting the saddle on I captured two of my favorite shots of Dollie…
Seriously, couldn’t you just stare into her sweet eyes for a long time?
A few final adjustments then it was time for a treat. Which Dollie loved!
Time for hugs and kisses before they went for their first ride together!
Come back tomorrow to see part two of her first riding lesson.
Until then, make it a beautiful and blessed day!
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