All the girls who have chosen arena lessons for their specialties have now trotted! This shows just how much they have progressed in less than two weeks, and the great bond between both horse and rider. The girls who picked to go out on trails have been up the mountain today, visiting the top pasture where some of the horses live during the weekend! They practiced their steering, going up and down steep hills and controlling their horses in open spaces.
Our ground lesson today involved understanding horse behavior. The girls got a chance to go in our round pen with one of our horses and practice the join up technique. Join Up is where the girls established a role of leadership in the ‘herd’ – they pushed the horse away from them and controlled its movement until a trust was formed. All the girls were successful in forming this relationship and it was really cool to see them in this role.
Today the girl’s also took a hayride to the farm and went boating on funyaks, corcls, and fishing for newts and salamanders! We also we and played archery which was so much fun!
Tonight the 4 weekers are performing their drill team! We have sent invitations out to all over Frost Valley for people to come and watch! We already know that we have some special guests coming- our little sister village, Mustang, are coming to EVR to watch and to have a dance party afterwards! They have also planned to have an overnight at EVR so that they can see what life is like here for when they move on up from Mustang!
Can you believe tomorrow is the last full day of camp?!