My 5 year old daughter frequently comes out to the barn during my lessons, and has shown interest in the horses and what is going on, but for the most part has been more interested in playing in the dirt over in the corner of the arena then anything else.
Well, tonight, after I had finished up working with Pearl my daughter Ravenna wanted to go for a ride! My trainer hands 'Venna up to me, and after I get her situated in front of me she instantly goes for the reins (sorry kiddo, that's next week's lesson lol). She settles for the saddle horn, and away we go, trotting across the indoor. After a few minutes, she asks me in an excited voice 'Dad, can we spin?' I had to think about it for a sec; I had never tried to cue a turn with a 5 year old basically in my lap, not to mention Pearl was still pretty hot from earlier. I looked down at my daughter and she had this excited / nervous look, and I decided what the hell.
Cued her in her 'bad' direction (thinking it would be my luck if Pearl decided to plus her turn for the first time tonite, with my 5 year old hanging from the saddle horn, legs flapping in the breeze screaming 'WhEEEEEEEEEE!!!' at the top of her lungs). God, I love well trained open horses! Pearl was quite the little lady. Just brought the reins over, pressed a bit with the right leg, and away we went! Ravenna still went 'WhEEEEEEEE!!!!!!' but didn't flap in the breeze, and when I handed her back to my trainer after a few minutes, she had that look I imagine a lot of parents see in their kids when they finally get bitten by the horse bug.
Look out world. Look out daddy's wallet! Here comes Ravenna.