02-26-2011, 09:37 PM
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I can identify with your daughter. I was she 40 years ago. But , my parents never realized how much it meant to me. The minimized my horse interest and did pretty much nothing to help me do what I could to live that dream. So, I didn't get to be with horses for many, many years.
Anyway, learing about horses can improve one in many ways. There is a whole work ethic that can be learned. There is empathy, keep observation skills, care to observe rules of safety, planning ahead, responisibility for a large animal's care. There's balance and feel and timing that come with riding. These are like learning ballet or tap, and they benefit one in other parts of their life.
If you can afford it, this is a great way to build a young girl's character and as she grows older, keep her away from other things that can bring a lot of trouble.
Who knows, you might find yourself becoming a rider, too.