Thrills and spills

Anklebiter #1 (my daughter) has been in horse heaven all week at a wonderful place called Oak Wood Ranch.

She has ridden informally but never had lessons. Suddenly, there she was trotting and jumping by herself.

The riding camp ended with a show on the hottest day of the year.

Oscar took refuge in the stables.

The rest of us watched with anticipation as the riders twirled and jumped in the dust.

There were thrills – and some spills…

I immediately bonded with my daughter’s horse, Attila, because he proved that it is not only mothers who can be embarrassing! (Click the picture if you need to enlarge it.)

At the end, proud parents wiped away tears

And a child’s face lit up with the joy of accomplishment.

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44 responses

  1. CINDY ASHLEY MILLER

    …Congrats on your daughter’s accomplishment 😉

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    July 12, 2010 at 18:52

  2. Haha, that is too funny!

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    July 12, 2010 at 18:54

  3. Congratulations! [I have to tell you, the title of this post made me giggle. My hubby and I used to use this method of birth control. ;-)]

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    July 12, 2010 at 19:10

  4. wonderful pics. bet she had a lot of fun….we took my oldest horseback for hte first time 2 weeks ago and he loved it…

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    July 12, 2010 at 19:18

  5. Congratulations to your daughter. Horses are wonderful animals. We have 5 but never seem to have the time to ride anymore. LOL Hope she continues to enjoy riding.

    Mason
    Thoughts in Progress

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    July 12, 2010 at 19:33

  6. land of shimp

    You take such lovely photographs, truly. As I scrolled down the page summer was so alive, and vivid. Just beautiful, and dogs do know how to live don’t they? Plenty of naps and when you need to work off some steam? Chase a stick.

    What a fantastic picture of your little girl. Very vibrantly happy quality to that photograph, and I’m so glad she had the experience of learning how to ride.

    Attila! And he looks like he’s about the size of an ambitious bicycle. What a fabulous name to bestow upon that particular equine, gave him confidence, I’ll just bet it did.

    I bet your little girl had an increase in confidence too. Oh to be a kid in summer again! But at least if we can’t turn back the clock, we can live vicariously.

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    July 12, 2010 at 19:48

  7. What fun! I was horse crazy as a child, so I can imagine what a thrill this must have been for her.

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    July 12, 2010 at 19:54

  8. lilalia

    Oh, that must have made you so proud. Isn’t it wonderful to see your children forge forward? Sometimes I wonder who feels happier, the child or the parent.

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    July 12, 2010 at 21:10

  9. Oh congrats to your daughter! It sounds wonderful–my daughter would’ve loved it too!

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    July 12, 2010 at 21:47

  10. Horses are a must for young girls, I can’t imagine my teenage years without them. Lovely photos.

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    July 12, 2010 at 22:26

  11. Awwww, pass my congratulations to her 🙂

    C x

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    July 12, 2010 at 22:35

  12. Well – how embarrassing, Atilla! Couldn’t he wait? Glad your daughter recovered and went on to win a blue.

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    July 12, 2010 at 22:59

  13. Congrats! I would have loved to do that when I was a kid!

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    July 12, 2010 at 23:05

  14. lovely post, sound like she had fund

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    July 13, 2010 at 01:01

  15. How wonderful for her to have a whole week with horses..what a wonderful experience!! In the last photo her eyes are smiling! Yes, horses and parents often embarrass children..oh and dogs too when they sniff other dogs butts…the list goes on and on. Hopefully the ribbon she won and all she learned will make one small peeing episode seem small and of no importance..other than her Mother captured it so beautifully on camera for all of the world to see:)

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    July 13, 2010 at 01:37

  16. Funny post. I did not need to enlarge the photo to see what you were talking about. 🙂

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    July 13, 2010 at 02:20

  17. Ah haha, yes, we can all be grateful that moms don’t typically go that far to embarrass us!

    What a great experience for your daughter. Lovely, lovely post.

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    July 13, 2010 at 04:39

  18. No enlarging, thank you, but your photos are great…they really capture a wonderful experience for your daughter (and you). My 8 yr old granddaughter has been riding some lately and really loves it.

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    July 13, 2010 at 04:59

  19. ALL little girls should get to have experiences like this!! WAY TO GO AB#1!

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    July 13, 2010 at 07:51

  20. I like your partial photographs. They add an air of mystery. Biut I’d have liked to see your daughter too!

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    July 13, 2010 at 10:18

  21. oh, i love the last photo–congrats to your daughter and her horse. and by the way, Oscar is so handsome!

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    July 13, 2010 at 10:48

  22. What fun to go riding. Very funny photo of horse… oh, well. Your daughter must be thrilled.

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    July 13, 2010 at 11:12

  23. lol for the great timing!
    great for your daughter to spend her time the way she did!!

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    July 13, 2010 at 11:33

  24. LadyFi: What a neat sport and a great place to learn discipline.

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    July 13, 2010 at 13:41

  25. What a lucky little girl and how well she did 🙂

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    July 13, 2010 at 13:45

  26. My girls LOVED LOVED horses when they were this age! I can totally understand why your daughter would be in horse “heaven”. 🙂
    I think it is so awesome that they have such opportunity´s there.

    Thank you so much for the birthday wishes! I hope you enjoy your time in the UK!

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    July 13, 2010 at 13:54

  27. I think your daughter had a wonderful time in spite of all Attila could do.
    Besides – embarrassment it part of growing up, isn’t it?

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    July 13, 2010 at 14:01

  28. That was crystal clear, no need of enlarging. 🙂

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    July 13, 2010 at 14:16

  29. Horses rule! Lucky kid.

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    July 13, 2010 at 16:12

  30. Congratulations, it must be a thrilling experience to you and your daughter.

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    July 13, 2010 at 16:56

  31. Wonderful pictures as always! How fun for your daughter! We had two horses when my kids were growing up and they were wonderful! Thanks for the chuckles this morning. That darn Attila!! Have a great week — all of you!

    Sylvia

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    July 13, 2010 at 17:01

  32. How wonderful !
    Years ago I was afraid of horses, now I realize that I don’t fear them anymore, that’s strange.
    I am glad that your link works again, I couldn’t find your blog !

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    July 13, 2010 at 17:42

  33. Congratulations to your daughter — sounds like a wonderful Summer Camp experience. And that horse is beautiful.

    But…(I did enlarge the photo) maybe you should post this in “Watery Wednesday” meme ;>))

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    July 13, 2010 at 18:28

  34. Hooray for your daughter,
    and you are such a thoughtful Mother, giving her this dream come true experience.

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    July 13, 2010 at 19:28

  35. Ice cream is always an adventure for me!

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    July 13, 2010 at 22:30

  36. brings back a lot of memories. 🙂

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    July 13, 2010 at 22:41

  37. Concratulations upon this achievement from Athens, Greece. Probably more than two decades since last I found meself on a horse. May time and life continue to treat you all kind.

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    July 14, 2010 at 00:14

  38. How wonderful that you could give her this opportunity!

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    July 14, 2010 at 02:29

  39. Oh goodness! Being so blessed to be able to share my life w/horses….I can attest to the fact that they will more times then not make a display of themselves when you least want them too!

    Congrats to your beautiful daughter!

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    July 14, 2010 at 04:45

  40. Congratulations to your daughter and you. Parents are always delighted by the achievements of their kids.

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    July 14, 2010 at 05:15

  41. the first photo is really interesting…..hahahahhahahahah
    Congrats to your daughter.

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    July 14, 2010 at 09:13

  42. Aw, proud mama! It must be such a treat to see your child accomplish something so wonderful so easily. And even greater to know that she is satisfying her passion. Look at her smile at the end! And the ribbon! No wonder you were wiping the tears. This is real love. You seem like a great mom.

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    July 14, 2010 at 12:21

  43. I wanna go to horse camp!!

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    July 24, 2010 at 17:33

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