Thursday, July 12, 2007

Second Installment--Horse Week at Summer Camp

Today began with my having to go to several locations to find leather strips for re-tying a saddle stirrup which broke. Slidell has several horse boarding locations and Lewis Stables is pretty well supplied for the casual rider.

Elvis, the donkey, was in good spirits and allowed himself to be mauled by the children throughout the day. He is very genial and just simply loves people, especially children, or so it seems. He has never really told me that. :-)

Snowflake is a real favorite of the children, and here little Dixie is showing signs of becoming a real horsewoman. She took to the horses with an anxious vitality.

Torie, below, already shows signs of the kind of self assurance on horseback with assure her of many years of pleasure on horseback.

Brian on the left had never ridden before, but he is demonstrating the kind of affinity for horses which will certainly lead to his family receiving considerable pressure to obtain him a suitable mount.

This is Skylar's second year for Summer Camp with IBC and he is gaining assurance with each new experience.

Apache, is the horse which all the kids want to ride. He is just a big ole pet, but still not settled enough with people in the saddle for the children to ride him. We will try again with him on Friday.

Today the rains came in torrents. Kevin and I were soaked as we attempted to arrange a shelter for horses and we were unable to ride Thursday Afternoon. The campers were disappointed, but they must learn, as the rest of us do, that things don't always go as we planned. It is currently about 4:15 PM and the rains are still coming down along with thunder and lightening. I pray it will pass so that tomorrow will be a day when the campers can ride in both the morning and evening.

We also experienced a power outage today when a garbage truck became entangled in utility lines along Airport Road where IBC is located. All in all it has been quite a day. I plan to go home and play a game of Age of Empires with my two sons and son-in-law. We try to play a game at least once when he is home from overseas. It takes about 4-5 hours before I'm trounced by youth's greater ability on computer gaming. :-)


Belief Matters said...

Great pictures Mike. Keep up the good work.


rick said...

Excellent work, Mike.

There is something magical about kids & horses. I've seen kids go from shy wallflowers to "tall in the saddle" after just a few lessons. And there is nothing nearly as satisfying as seeing that youngster's first solo ride.

Sorry about the rain, but maybe that's a good time to teach them how to use the currycomb and hoof pick.