Kendall Brown riding horseback.
Perhaps you grew up riding horses and have since moved away to the big city? Maybe you always wanted to own a horse, but your family couldn’t afford the expense. Or you went on a horseback riding vacation as a young child, loved being around horses, but work, life and family got in the way? Whatever the case, there is always a way to bring horses back into your life.
Getting back into horses
My husband and I were visiting my family in Carmel, California with the kids. Our daughter was in kindergarten and our son was in a preschool. During our visit to my parent’s house, I ran across a flyer advertising a playday and auction at the local cooperative preschool. The mention of pony rides for the children caught my attention.
Our ragtag crew of Grandma and Grandpa, our preschooler slung in my husband’s backpack, our butterfly chasing kindergartener sandwiched in the middle of the pack and me bringing up the rear, walked the short distance from my parent’s house to the Bay School. Tucked in a grove of eucalyptus trees, steps from Carmel’s Monastery Beach, stood the little red school house on Highway One with its playground and sounds of the nearby ocean. I dreamed of our children attending this magical school one day.
Horses on the horizon
My pace quickened and I moved to the front of the pack, as the horses came into sight. I had sold my horse before I left for college, making a conscious decision to leave my equestrian life behind and plunge head-first into four years of university experiences.
The ponies were saddled and tied to a hitching post in the shade, their bridles draped around the saddle horn. Teenage girls, dressed in western clothing, cowboy boots and hats, waited to collect our tickets and lift the youngsters into the saddle, chatting to their buckaroo about the name of their pony and how to sit tall in the saddle while they led them, single file, along the sandy beach path.