Wednesday, February 28, 2007

If You Give a Girl a Riding Lesson.....

Have you ever read If You Give a Mouse a Cookie? If not, run out to your nearest library right now, read it, then come back to this blog. Go ahead, I'll wait.....(waiting, waiting, waiting....) Okay, I see you're back, so now you'll understand this blog. It's really more of a "boy, ain't that the truth" type of book for parents, but I imagine it in a children's book format. BTW, if I CAN use this idea somehow to write a book, I thought of it first, so don't go stealin' it.

Based on my experiences:

If you give a girl a horseback riding lesson, she's going to need a helmet to keep her safe. And of course, she'll need riding boots and jodpurs. She'll enjoy riding, and get better at it. Because she's better at it, you'll want her to have a pony of her own.

If she has a pony of her own, she's going to need a place to keep it. You'll have to build a barn. The pony will want to eat, and you'll have to buy hay and grain. To get the hay home, you'll need a truck. Once you get the hay home, you'll have to unload it (picture of round bale in truck), so you'll need to buy a tractor. You can use the tractor to move great piles of manure around to hiding spots in your yard.

The pony will eat well and grow sleek and pretty. The girl will want to show off her pony, so she'll need a trailer to pull the pony behind the truck to horse shows. You'll spend lots of time at horse shows, trying to keep warm, and watching with pride the result of those horseback riding lessons.

And of course, as she grows, she'll need a better pony. She'll begin to complain a little about the trailer you bought with the clown decals on the side, the door that won't quite shut, and the duct tape over the window that fell out. She'd like a nice three-horse, slant load trailer. And of course, with a bigger trailer, you're going to need a heavier truck......

5 comments:

Mary said...

All that is a faint dream for many kids, especially those on fixed incomes or with therapy bills to pay. I hope she appreciates that she is so privileged. Few people have parents who can support this sport. I know and knew countless girls (usually they seem to be girls) who wished for a horse or a pony and were lucky to get one ride.

Becky said...

OH SO TRUE!!!!!!!! I love this post, and can totally relate. Although, at this point we don't have a truck or trailer, I'm just grateful to have the land to ride on!

This Saturday we are going to look at another....ahem.........HORSE. It looks like the Lord MAY be answering Moriah's prayers........she's been praying for quite some time about a horse of her own........a black Tennessee Walker. This one is a black TW mare, used to be a show horse (?), registered, and healthy. Needs a good home.

So, yeah..........we'll see. I'm going to look with an open mind, hopes not TOO high, and praying that it's not a nag!!!!!!!! I have to admit though, we're excited at the possibilities.

I'll keep you 'posted' (woo, lots of great pun material there!), and see you tomorrow at the Suzuki Open House! Becky :)

pita-woman said...

And let's not forget... if you give a girl piano lessons, she'll eventually want that baby-grand piano, and need fancy dresses to wear to recitals, etc., etc. ;)

KimO said...

OH MY Gosh! you are scaring me here! We are up to the trailer part of you post. My daughter's world revolves around her horse and we are even crazy enough to have bought another and will be bringing it home Sunday. I don't even want to think about getting in any deeper than this.

Camflock said...

Shouldn't this be required reading right before signing the liability form at horse back riding lessons?

P.S. Aidan seems to have really taken to riding this past weekend after your generous ride down the driveway. I am hoping he will stick with something less costly like guitar lessons.

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