This week while I was watching Brenna in the ring, all I could think was, "Brenna- you KILL me!!!" She is so brave and honest. She laughs in the middle of a lesson, she talks to the horse and asks it questions like, "Splash!!! Where do you think you are going??"
This week was extra fun as Lauren is home on Spring Break and came to watch. Brenna got to be in the "big" ring. As Brenna took off on the horse without a lead from the trainer, Lauren turned to me and said, "Mom! Is this what it was like to watch me drive away in the car the first time?"
Yup. BIG ring. BIG.
On top of it all, it was a gorgeous day.
Each week, Brenna works on so much. For starters, she tackles balance...this from a child that couldn't walk a straight line in physical therapy for weeks and weeks.
Maneuvering through cones while the trainer says, "Brenna! Pull right. Now look up. Good. Look toward me. Now pull left and go around the cone. Show Splash who's boss." Do you know how many directions that is to process at one time???
Getting off and on the horse alone is no small feat when you are all of 4'10!!!
Learning to lead Splash in and out of the ring and in and out of her stable. This is while walking on unstable ground while having a problem with depth perception, with a two- ton animal towering over you.
Oh! I have to tell you. Last week, Splash let out this unbelievably HUGE sneeze. I mean, horse snot showered EVERYwhere. Brenna wouldn't go anywhere near Splahs's face. This week was a very big step forward getting near that big nose!
Splash is such a great horse. Even when all she wants to do is go back to her stable where it is warm and dinner is waiting!
So much concentration.
No wonder on the way home we saw this:
So, I thank you for indulging me.
Thank you for allowing a mom to share some of my child's accomplishments. Some that are not a big deal to most people, but are huge in our life.