"If there’s a world here in a hundred years, it’s going to be saved by tens of millions of little things. The powers-that-be can break up any big thing they want. They can corrupt it or co-opt it from the inside, or they can attack it from the outside. But what are they going to do about 10 million little things? They break up two of them, and three more like them spring up!"
- Pete Seeger, in YES! Magazine

Monday, May 11, 2009

Horseback Riding as Good Deed?

The project:
Ride a horse at a walk for an hour to help it on its road to recovery from a recent injury.

60 minutes, give or take.

Why bother?
The woman who teaches our daughters the ins and outs of horsemanship has several horses, children, and a life away from the arena. Her time is limited, and sometimes her animals' needs outstrip the time she has available.

This week, she asked if I'd like to ride one of her horses to help it recover from a recent injury. She really needed it to be walked for an hour, but didn't have time to sit the horse. Would I do it?

I tried not to act too excited at the opportunity to ride a real, responsive, working horse at will exploring 42 acres.

Worth it?
In OH so many ways. I love that our girls get to ride these days, and that their new teacher is really moving them ahead with their skills. Watching them is fun, but really has given me the itch to ride again. When the instructor gave me the opportunity to ride, too, well, far be it from me to turn down THIS kind of opportunity to lend a hand!

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