Horses Horses Horses Horses

This post has nothing to do with the movie, Sleepless in Seattle, which the title refers to. But speaking of it, you should watch this quick little trailer for the romantic comedy if it were recut as a horror film. Good laugh, but I digress.

The reason for this post is to elaborate more on Mia’s first encounter with horses (seen on my portrait a week, here).

We have good friends who live on/own a ranch just a few blocks away from our house. They board many horses there and have a large arena. Like I mentioned in my last post, I feel very fortunate to have the opportunity to bring Mia to this place to get her familiar with horses and to hopefully grow a special bond and respect for them. She’s yet to ride one but one day soon she’ll get her first pony ride with the pony shown below.

In addition to having a ranch in their backyard, their home has practically been turned into a reptile petting zoo. The kids have handfuls of lizards that they’ve caught, they have a turtle, walking sticks, a bearded dragon and other creatures that I don’t know the names of. How stinkin’ cool for the 2 kids who live here (ages 5 and 2) to be surrounded by wildlife and open spaces. I think Mia wants to move in immediately.

There really is nothing like standing by to witness all of these childhood firsts with Mia. It’s very satisfying, as a parent, to be able to provide fun and unique experiences for her.

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The other kids are showing Mia where they keep the horse food and are getting her ready to help feed them herself.

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Nope. Sorry Daddy Dom. Your dream of riding around on a tractor with Mia will have to wait. She’s wasn’t down for this at all.

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Thank you, family friends, for opening up your home to us and being so great about letting us pop on over . We are neighbors, after all. Isn’t there an open-door policy with neighbors?

As a child, I always wanted the chance to be near horses in one way or another. That wasn’t in the cards for me. But now that I’m an adult, I have that access to bring them into my daughter’s childhood. That’s one of the cool things about being a parent. Sometimes you get another shot at living the childhood you always wanted. Even though you’re experiencing it through your kid, you still get to relive your past, knowing what you know now. Sure you’re seeing it all through the eyes of an adult which isn’t the same as a bright eyed and innocent child. But…you get another go at the whole thing. That’s a pretty special ability to have.

So pretty much what I’m getting at is that this whole ranch visit and horse introduction thing with my daughter? Yup, it’s all for me. Wait, you thought this was all about my kid? You got that from what I said? Don’t be fooled. She’s not going to remember any of this anyways. *insert evil laugh here*

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Comments

  1. This is so awesome! And look at that horse’s teeth! Your photos of them are so beautiful. I grew up riding horses randomly on youth group trips or with school so I definitely was never a pro but I was on them a couple times a year. And uhhh probably about 80% of the things I do for “Lyla” is really for me hahaha No shame in that because they’re enjoying it too… just not as much ;)

  2. So agree with you about reliving our childhood to some degree with your children. I was pretty much obsessed with horses as a child but never had easy access to them. Hope Mia shares the same love for horses too.

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