Tim and I figured that if we provided lessons for Carolyn it would show if this was just a passing fancy or something she would love and stick with. The riding lessons only made her more in love with anything to do with ponies or horses.
When Carolyn turned six we decided to buy her, her first pony. I studied and tried to wrap my mind around horse care and how to purchase the right one for your child... but only knew a lot about goats, chickens and what we already had on our farm. I had never owned a horse. I thought you just take good care of them by providing water and pasture. Get their hooves trimmed once in a while and in return they love you and let you ride them. NOT. There is a whole horse psychology thing with them, a leader follower type relationship that I had no idea about. Something ingrained in every horse because of them being a herd animal that is preyed upon. They like to have a leader or be the leader.
So we bought a pony for Carolyn using my limited knowledge and ability. He was a very beautiful 12.3 hand pony named Frankie. An English sport pony, type of pony.
On the ground Carolyn had full confidence around him and loved on him and he loved her.
Soon Carolyn also got regular updates about Frankie because "A" became Carolyn's weekly riding instructor when Miss Meridith moved away.
After we sold Frankie, we bought Carolyn and Zeke each a mini pony to learn to ride on and how to care for.
Zekes was a white appaloosa named Smoky!
Zeke has autism and shows very little emotion and he used to show very little love. But having a pony and his other animals has brought out such tender emotions from him. I love to watch him with his animals so tender and sweet. Talking softly to them as he works with them. After Zeke out grew Smokey we purchased Dixie for him. Dixie is 11 hands tall. He recently out grew his pony Dixie.
Carolyn out grew Rocket when she was 9 and we went thru a few ponies that were not good matches for her at all. Finally, about a year ago we found Millie. Millie is a 12 hand 5 year old mare. Carolyn and her bonded instantly. They have a wonderful time together and are a good fit for each other. After working together weekly for one whole year they are really getting to know and understand each other and what each other is saying. God is so good. I love seeing Carolyn so happy with Millie.
"A" Carolyn's riding instructor still owns Frankie and recently invited Carolyn over to her farm to spend an after noon with him.
Thank you and God bless you "A" for taking the time to make Carolyn so happy.
Psalm 24:5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.