Mugwump chronicles Mugs posted "Why we give our children horses". This got me to really thinking.
All I ever wanted, was to give my girls what I had, or more.
Our son, he was never into horses, his was a video game and lego world growing up.
Our girls, 5 years apart, we were able to have horses, and teach them to ride. Teach them to care for these large creatures that need us to feed them, clean up after them, and fix their owies. In return they give us affection and fun.
My only vacation for 13 years was the week of the county fair. Sara started showing Easy, in 4-H, when she was 9 years old, and also showed a rabbit. Meghan started at 4 years old, with Guinea pigs, a pygmy goat, then her pony and eventually, Mickey, then Easy, and on to High School Equestrian Team with Easy.
We were so lucky that none of our kids got into trouble, no alcohol or drugs. Even though, I am sure the opportunity was there. I would like to credit giving them horses as one of the reasons they made the right decisions. A work ethic, as many times as I fought with Meghan about cleaning her room, or cleaning stalls, I think it eventually sank in! LOL
John, our oldest, he eventually followed Sara, into the Air Force. Sara spent 6 years in, John is coming quickly up on his 6 years and the choice to stay in or not, I know he will make the right choice for himself.
I love all my kids, and am so proud of them.
Here are a few pictures down memory lane with the kids,
John and Meg, the first and last time he was home, after going in the service. Yes he is very tall, @6'3". Meg is 5'3". LOL that makes him a foot taller than his baby sister!
If you were able to, why did you give your children horses?
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