Our oldest daughter, Blair, turns 10 this month. Double digits! Can’t believe it.
Since her birthday is only three days before Christmas, we always try to give her a special celebration that is not holiday themed. I asked her what kind of celebration she wanted this year. Without blinking an eye she said, “a party with my barn buddies. I just want to ride and all be around our horses together.” And that’s exactly what she got.
It was simple and fun. Smores, bonfire, grilling out and cake with close friends. And horses.
We set up a hot chocolate station in the arena which was pretty popular.
Furry creatures partook in the festivities. Here is Latte, our barn owner’s cowgirl poodle. Weighing in at a whopping five pounds, she prides herself at herding the horses.
Horses freely roamed and stopped by the bonfire for carrots and apples. My mare, Savez, stationed herself by the hay.
After completely stuffing ourselves, we played. Here is fellow barn mate, Ashley, jumping bareback on her gelding, Zeus.
Savez learned something new…how to be brave around balloons.
The best part of the party was walking in a very special birthday gift to our daughter.
Meet Marlee, our newest family member. Choking back the tears, I handed my big girl his lead rope. With a big smile she said, “Yay, I’m finally a pony mommy!” She’s been riding him for two months, and had to earn him with good grades, a good attitude and chores. It wasn’t easy, but she worked hard and appreciates him so much.
He’s a great jumper and has the sweetest personality. Just like Blair, he’s spunky and full of life.
Can you tell they love each other?
It was really a dream come true to be able to give her something she’s wanted since she could talk. She lives for horses.
My girl’s heart was full, which made mine double full.
A happy horse day for all.