When I was a child, I always wanted to learn how to horse ride. However, with my parents being the traditional Pakistani parents they didn’t think it was appropriate for me to learn. I was never really allowed to get involved in after school clubs even though I loved playing hockey, netball and tennis at school.
Oh and the biggest problem with horse riding? It was too expensive.
So I had to make to do with buying horsey magazines and covering every inch of spare wall in my bedroom with horse posters……and dream of being in horse competitions like showjumping and dressage.
My ultimate dream is to own an arab stallion. Maybe one day………
I want my girls to be at least active if not sporty. I tried Munchkin with martial arts but she just did not have the confidence. In this day and age I do feel it is important to be able to protect yourself which is why I did try to push her in that direction. We tried tae kwon do and karate. But she did not want to go after the initial lessons.
So I gave up. I didn’t want to turn into one of these pushy parents that forces their child to do something they don’t enjoy. But I still wanted her to have a hobby; something she enjoyed doing and was sporty in some way and getting her active.
And it turns out that horse riding is it.
Although I was thinking about going as thought it would be good for me to do something I enjoy, I asked Munchkin if she wanted to try it and she jumped at the chance. I thought that after the first lesson she may decide it is not for her as she has never really shown an interest in horses before, but tomorrow she has her 4th lesson. So I think this is likely to turn into her hobby….and an expensive one at that!
But I don’t mind.
I want my girls to grow up doing things they enjoy.
To enjoy life and know nothing can stop them. They can do anything they want.
Her first lesson was £24 and then this reduced to £20. Lessons are initially half an hour one to one and then once you have satisfactory control of the horse, which usually takes 3-4 lessons, you move on to 1 hour lessons in a group. Seeing as Munchkin is getting confident and enjoying her lessons I guess I better invest in her own riding hat!
Horse riding simply isn’t just sitting on a horse and walking around. You learn how to care for your horse and respect him. Sitting on the horse helps with balance and coordination. Muscles are also strengthened as you learn to control and steer the horse. And I can imagine that just riding on a horse, through trees and nature must be an amazing and relaxing experience!
Munchkin is a long way off from galloping around, but she has finally been let off the long lead they use with newbies and has started having sole control of the horse.