Sunday, August 1, 2010
My Precious Ponies
Almost from the moment I laid eyes on her, Cricket has held my heart and soul. Bleu is softly stealing her way in and claiming her own space.
Friday was one of those days in which I was simply in awe of the spirit and heart of both my girls.
Whenever my brother and his family come to town, there is always a pilgrimage to the barn to see Cricket. It's a highlight of the visit and one of the few things that is always on the agenda when they are in town. Which is once or twice a year.
I was a little nervous about this visit. Cricket has been just a little off, mentally rather than physically, and Bleu is as yet untested, at least in my experience. I decided to let my sister-in-law cruise around the arena on Bleu while I led the kids around on Cricket. With a little coaching, I felt Candace would be safe with Bleu and Cricket is generally well behaved when I have the lead line.
Both my girls just blew me away! Bleu and Candace walked all over the arena, relaxed and calm. Cricket took her job of carrying Jacob and Sarah with absolute care. Bleu was confident and at ease; Cricket was motivated and interested. Wow!
The kids even took turns leading Cricket around, putting her through her paces of crossing the tarp, pushing the ball and standing on the pedestal. Cricket acted like she's been doing this her whole life. She was simply amazing.
My sister joined us. Jenn wants to ride but she's quite anxious about being on a horse. She carefully climbed on Bleu and I led her around, giving her soft instructions to relax her knees and shoulders. Bleu walked with calm, cadenced steps, giving Jenn the chance to relax and become comfortable.
I was so unbelievably pleased with Bleu's attitude of calm and Cricket's attitude of tolerance. I spent the day just grinning every time I thought about it.