On Saturday we left for a spring break vacation to the horse capital of the world for some exciting adventures. We drove six hours with our four children, two horses, cat and dog. Yes, I’m serious. I drove one car with two kids and Pippi and pulled a trailer holding our kayaks and fishing poles. Peter drove our other car with two kids and Pom Pom and pulled our two horses in the trailer. I was pretty scared to travel this far with so many creatures and kiddos, but it was pretty fun. Could NOT have done this without my husband. Here we are at a rest stop…
I had plans to do a post, but haven’t had a chance to even get on my computer until now. Unplugging has been therapeutic.
We rented an adorable cabin on a lake and split up for a brief period; my oldest daughter and I attended an amazing natural horsemanship clinic together – we spent 40 solid hours with our horses in five days. It was very intense, educational and life-changing. While we were away at the clinic, Peter kayaked, hiked and swam with our other three and had great adventures of their own.
Last night we all reunited to finish our vacation as family.
Here’s a sneak peek from the horsey side of our trip. This is our pony, Marlee, jumping on command. That little body in the purple breeches you see is my daughter (who’s only ten) politely asking him to jump the barrels. He did it willingly and snuggled her afterward. He loves playing this game with her. And is obviously an over-achiever when it comes to jumping ; ) He’s only 13.2 hands and is jumping about 4 feet, ha ha! This week has been wonderful for their relationship.
Savez and I have had an amazing time at the clinic as well. Lots of playtime on the ground together and riding in the saddle either bridle-less or with a very loose rein. In my hands is a rope around her neck versus reins. Savez and I both found riding this way to be very challenging; although Marlee and my daughter did not. Interesting! I learned that riding this way is great for a horse’s “emotional fitness” and improves communication between the horse and their human. We built a lot of trust in each other this week and have an even stronger bond.
It’s so beautiful here and everyone’s had a blast. I’ll be back next week with pics to share pics from our week. Have a wonderful weekend! xo