Happy official second day of fall!
One of the things I love about fall is going to the pumpkin patch and our church fall festival with my family. Inevitably at these things, my youngest is desperate to ride the pony. (There’s always a pony and for the low low price of usually between $6 and $10, kids under a certain weight can go around the little ring three times. My eldest is significantly annoyed that he’s too big to continue to participate.) Then, after a pony ride, he will talk about riding a pony again. Usually this tapers off by January, but not this past year. Every week or two, we’d be going about our normal life and there’d be a big sigh and then, “I really want to ride a horse.”
I’m a big fan of finding my kids interests and seeing how I can encourage-slash-feed them. So, I got online and poked around for where one might take a kid who’d like to ride a horse. Happily, there were options. And so, after a little discussion with the hubby, we signed up for a family horse lesson. And that lesson took place yesterday.
It was an absolute blast. When we got there, we got to meet all the horses at the stable (I think there were 17 or 18). Then we were assigned our helper and we gathered tack and our horse. We did some basic grooming, including picking mud from their feet, then put on the saddle and bridle. Then it was time to ride. It was very basic — how to start and stop and turn. We went around the ring a little, learning to weave between some barrels and practicing stopping and starting. Then we moved out of the ring to a forest trail where there were some logs to step over and mud to navigate around. We did some fun games (learning to lean over to put a ring on a construction cone while we walked by) and did a few stretches of trotting.
Everyone had fun. I was nervous about it, to be honest, having had a bad experience with horses as a kid at camp, but I think this may have laid those horse fears to rest. I’m not sure it did more than light the fire under the youngest’s desire to be around horses, though, so we may be trying to figure out if horse lessons are something we can work into our budget going forward. Eldest, who’s much quieter than his brother, was also raving about it on the way home. I always think of horse-made girls, but it appears I have two horse-mad little boys.
Winners this Week
If you’re a winner, you should have received an email from the author in charge of the giveaway. If not, please email us at: prizes at inspyromance dot com.
Valerie Comer’s winner is Bernice!
Autumn Macarthur’s winner is Esther Morehead!
Alexa Verde’s winner is Ellie!
Narelle Atkins’ winner is Jessica B!
Marion Ueckermann’s winners are Sherri G and Chanel Monroe! (Marion might be reaching out to you later this week, as your prize isn’t quite yet available.)
And now, what I know many of you are waiting for…Back-to-School Bash Winners!
To see a list of what’s in each of the prize packages, please visit the giveaway page. Thank you so much to all of you who commented during the giveaway — we hope that you’ll continue to spend a little time with us here at InspyRomance each day. Readers are who keep us writing!
Prize Package #1 – June Horne
Prize Package #2 – Natalya Lakhno
Prize Package #3 – Susanne
Prize Package #4 – Linda Orr
Prize Package #5 – Susan P
Prize Package #6 – Sabrina Templin
Prize Package #7 – Marcia
Prize Package #8 – Tina Wyatt
Prize Package #9 – MJSH
Prize Package #10 (International) – Irma J
Prize Package #11 (International) – Wemble
Grand Prize – Sarah Taylor
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Specials this Week
Luna Rosa by Elizabeth Maddrey is on sale for 99 cents through 9/28.
Come to the Lake by Autumn Macarthur is on sale for 99 cents starting tomorrow through 9/30.
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Last Week on Inspy Romance
On Monday, Jan Thompson took us through layers of paint.
On Tuesday, Narelle Atkins shared her recent writer’s retreat.
On Wednesday, Lee Tobin McClain polled us about free books and how we read them.
On Thursday, Elizabeth Maddrey talked about being one step closer to llamas.
On Friday, Liwen Ho gave us her Friday Five.
On Saturday, Jackie Castle took us beyond the covers of a book.
Next Week on Inspy Romance
Monday: Staci Stallings
Tuesday: Melanie Snitker
Wednesday: Marion Ueckermann
Thursday: Heather Gray
Friday: Cecelia Dowdy
Saturday: Janet Ferguson
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