Making Dreams Come True Horse Riding
Making Anna’s Birthday wish come true.
Anna was just about to turn seven years old, I kept asking her what she would like for her Birthday, as that is always a favourite subject with my children, talking about all their wishes and dreams, around Birthdays and Christmas.
As a parent, it is my job partly, to try to make some of those dreams come true.
Anna asked for some TY Beanie Boo’s she loves to collect and being an animal lover, she asked for a horse riding lesson too.
When Anna was three, she saw horses up close and personal on a camping trip to the New Forest and she never forgot that experience, I was a little concerned that she would be worried and also where would I take her for a first ever lesson.
Luckily for both Anna and I, I know a family that lives near to us, with horses and when Helen heard that Anna wanted to ride a horse, she offered for her daughter to give Anna a lesson on her daughters pony.
Anna’s Birthday came and went, the time never quite seemed right, the weather was too wet, then one week, Helen said that I could take Anna on the Sunday morning if we were free and her daughter would show her how to care for the pony and give her a lesson.
Anna and I went, we were not sure what to expect, but my goodness Anna’s face was a picture, she was beaming from ear to ear when she saw Cisco for the first time.
Jennifer, taught Anna that she must not walk behind the horse, she showed her how to brush the horse down, how to clean our the hooves and just how to get Cisco ready to go for a ride, with putting on the bridal and saddle.
Cisco was an amazingly placid pony, quite big for Anna in all honesty, specially for a first ride, but Anna was in her element.
Anna was kitted out in Jennifer’s sisters riding gear, who happens to be the same age as Anna, so she wore special riding boots, a protective vest and also a riding helmet.
Once Cisco was all ready to go, Helen came over to keep an eye and come along for Anna’s first ever experience of getting on a horse, just sitting on top, was very scary Anna would tell you, she was so high up, at first her nerves got the better of her and she wanted to come down, but talking slowly and calmly we told her to give it a little go and with that Cisco walked slowly off and Anna soon got the hang of it, it was a magical experience and Anna was a very lucky young lady. Jennifer led Cisco on a lead reign and Helen and I both walked either side of Anna to give her confidence and for safety.
When we got back to the stable yard, Anna was just so very happy, she thanked Helen and Jennifer and said it was the best day ever, bless her.
So this Birthday, it might of been a little late, but all good things come to those that wait and for Anna one of her Birthday wishes came true, my thanks and gratitude go to Cisco’s family, who were so generous giving up their time to help make this possible.