Horse Show

Madeleine and Cinders

Madeleine and Cinders

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Madeleine and her ribbons

 

Madeleine has been riding for 4 years now. I should clarify and say she has been taking horseback riding lessons and not bike riding lessons.  She can ride a bike but it’s not her favorite thing. Side-note: She might not enjoy bike riding because her bike is really small for her and she looks like a circus act. Anyway, Madeleine has been riding for awhile now. I’m proud of her. She is extremely cautious and has learned to take risks through her riding lessons. I made it my goal to not push her or give her any feedback on her riding other than to tell her she did a great job. Her first year riding was strictly a time to figure out if she liked riding. She rode little ponies that were already tacked up. She rode on a lead rope the whole time, which means the instructor is leading the horse around the practice ring. After a year of that, we followed a friend to a new barn. Madeleine was matched with her first riding instructor, Marie.  Madeleine is very shy around adults. It took her a long time to actually communicate with Marie. I think they communicated through by using thumbs up or thumbs downs. She took lessons with  Marie for over two years. I feel like it was longer than that. Maybe it was, the years have started to blend together. My old age has addled my brain. Marie worked her ass off trying to get Madeleine to gain some confidence.  Two weeks ago Madeleine went way outside of her comfort zone and did her first horse show. She chose to show a horse she really trusts. Granted, the horse is super old and sometimes falls asleep during lessons. But, she knows he will take care of her.  Madeleine rode in two events and earned some ribbons. I’m totally proud of her and her horse. I’m mostly proud that he stayed away the whole time.

Madeleine and a Pony

Madeleine and a Pony

Madeleine and my horse enemy.

Madeleine and my horse enemy.

Madeleine and Lily with Gatsby and his cards

Madeleine and Lily with Gatsby and his cards

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