I have shared parenting with my daughter, and since her father lives so far away, we settled on a "2 week on, 2 week off" arrangement.
For the 2 weeks I have her, I don't get to see my horse at all since my horse is kind of a crazy and I don't want her around my daughter, who is 3. I have been battling with maybe putting her in daycare while I go ride on my days off since she loves daycare and never wants to leave...but daycare is so expensive! And besides, I only get so much time with her, I really want to spend the 2 weeks I have her, with her.
And then it occured to me...
I am boarding my horse at the facility that first taught me how to ride. Same instructor, different horses since it was so long ago...
So I called the BO and set up a lesson program for my daughter. She is 3, will never leave the lungeline, and she will be on quiet horses with slow, smooth trots.
I think my old instructor might have sensed some hesitance in my voice when she mentioned the trot, because she emphesised their slow, smooth stride. I know the horses and I shouldn't be so worried because my daughter is in good hands. This woman is very gentle and very slow, and always kept me safe when I was riding under her, so I shouldn't worry.
I have to resist the urge strap her up in her elbow and knee pads and whatnot...I always said that I wouldn't allow her to ride until she was old enough and her reaction time is better (around 7 or 8 years old...maybe 43?). But I think this would be good for her, if I can get past my heart attacks, and that it is something we could do together when she's here.
Lessons cost way less than daycare and even if I can't ride Raina while I'm out (since I will be more focussed on watching the lesson), it will still give me some barn time.
I'm excited for her. I haven't told her yet because she will be asking about it until it happens (11am tomorrow!), but I'm excited and a little worried. I just can't help but worry. I'm glad someone else is teacher her and not me...