Thursday, June 03, 2010

Best In Show

My little boy does not have what one would call the competitve gene. He's the one who complained in his first soccer scrimmage that it didn't make sense for "all the kids to fight over one ball. Why doesn't the coach give everyone their own ball?" He'd much rather go to the show than sing on the stage. Until horse back riding. I barely listened when the teacher mentioned an upcoming horse show because I figured it was a given that he would not be interested in competing in the show. But he said, "Mommy, I want to do it!" He decided he also needed to practice outside of class. I wasn't sure how we'd pull that off short of turning into a living version of that Lyle Lovett song ("If I had a boat, I'd go out on the ocean. And if I had a pony, I'd ride him on my boat. And we cold all together, go out on the ocean. Me upon my pony on my boat.) But since our mainsail is still M.I.A., we rigged this up. Behold, the boom horse.

You know how with little kid events these days they don't keep score and everyones wins? Well this was one of those. A sweet happening geared towards bettering the kids' horsemanship and confidence. Yes, everyone got a ribbon. Without any knowledge of how he placed in what category, my boy came off of Ralph-the-horse with Miss Meg at his side (Miss Meg, our barn angel who helps Zach out because I am too pregnant to keep up now) and he said, "Mommy, I am so proud of myself, I feel really good!" As far as I am concerned, he wins best in show!
p.s. I am leaving on a trip to California tomorrow... without the fellas! Going to be a pregnant groomsman in the wedding of one of my best friends from high school. I'll be back mid-next week.

9 comments:

Deb said...

What a sweetheart of a boy.

As a pregnant groomsman, do you get to wear a tuxedo with a maternity band waist?

gardenmama said...

hehe the competitive gene does not run in our family either : ) I love your rigged horse! Reminds me of my 'tree horse' as a child. I can imagine you will be the most beautiful pregnant groomsman!xo

positivelyorphaned.org said...

LOVE the boom horse! Hysterical. So clever.

Joy said...

What a great experience for Z! I love the boom horse too. :) Have fun being a pg groomsman! Enjoy your trip!

Mike said...

That is awesome how you rigged the boom to be like a horse saddle.

Cat said...

we need more non-competitive kids activities!! Love that your little one is more collaborative :)

6 Berries said...

Awesome Boom Horse!

Meg said...

Agree with Cat - why are most kiddie activities competition-oriented? There are so many more ways to inspire and motivate.
(P.s. love the horse.)

boatbaby said...

Deb - Haha! I was worried about that. I wore a black maternity dress (floor length to cover the cankles) :)

gardenmama - I can just picture your tree horse! My step-mom has photos of her as a wee girl in cowgirl style on her tree horse. That's where Zach gets it from.

pos-orph - he told me later it hrut his bum though. We need a softer saddle!

Thanks Joy!

Mike - it's amazing how you learn to improvise.

Cat - Neither my husband or I are really into sports, so it doesn't surprise me. The only time we hoot and hollar is usually for sailboat raicing.

Thanks 6berries!

Meg- inspire and motivate - yes! That is exactly it!

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