Ezra (and Bluen and Bube and Jimmy and Hobbes) had all their birthday dreams come true this weekend.
Including this!! This is our friend's horse Ace. She's been offering to take the boys riding awhile now, and Ezra decided that sounded like a perfect birthday activity.
To be honest, I was somewhat expecting Ezra to change his mind once he was there, live and in person with a Real Horse. And I think he was a little nervous, but not enough to hop right on and give it a try. He cut his first ride fairly short, but then after watching his brothers he decided he wanted to go again. After all, it WAS his birthday. He was much more confident the second time around.
I haven't ridden a horse in FOREVER, so I broke myself in on the laziest, fattest horse in the barn.
"Leisurely pace" doesn't even begin to describe it, but it was nice to realize I remember how horses work, more or less. Also, I didn't fall off and die. So, success!
Noah went next. He rode therapy horses a couple times in preschool so he obviously loved this, almost as much as exploring the barn in the background. (It had a real-life TRAP DOOR. It was practically NARNIA.)
Jason opted to stay on the sidelines. This time, anyway.
But it was Ike, actually, who seemed the most naturally comfortable on and around the horses. By the time it was his turn he was practically vibrating with excitement.
At first he wanted me right next to him, but seemed fine when I stepped back to take photos and videos. At one point, he casually observed, "Well, this is awesome."
After that, he quickly got the hang of steering the horse all by himself. He loved every minute of it.
He's already asking to go back and wants regular riding lessons. Not surprising, I suppose, from our most die-hard animal lover.
(WHO IS STILL NOT TIRED.)