Zach recently took a nasty spill off a fast moving equine beastie, which didn't help my prejudice. Yet here we are, every week down at a farm, surrounded by them. I adore the little farm, I ADORE Zach's amazing horseback riding teacher, and whether I like it or not BOTH of my kids adore the damn horses.
She sees Zachie riding and her eyes grow wide. Clutching her toy horses, she skips around pretending, practicing, playing.
There's a horse show coming up. And horse games played all day. And a stick horse that is often laying as a trip hazard in our cockpit... and so my life is turning into a Lyle Lovett song. Just in case you've never heard it...
"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 could all together, go out on the ocean. Me upon my pony on my boat."
When Zach was 6 years old, we turned the boom into a horse for him... I hope this is as close as we get to living the song.
Since he was a little guy, he always had one foot on the boat and the other in the stirrups, so to speak. This photo from when he was 6 says so much. Riding helmet in one hand, life jacket in the other.
So from the boat to the barn, that's where you'll find us each week. Following their bliss.