Saturday, February 19, 2011

horse riding smiles

"No hour of life is wasted that is spent in the saddle." 
~Winston Churchill

"There is something about the outside of a horse that is good for the inside of a man."  
~Winston Churchill

"The essential joy of being with horses is that it brings us in contact with the rare elements of grace, beauty, spirit, and fire." 
~Sharon Ralls Lemon


Even though it was still daylight during her horse riding lesson, and even though the sun was glowing through the windows of the barn, it was cold - FREEZING COLD! 

The riders were working out and eventually taking off their jackets, but the mothers were wanting to stand up and dance to get the blood flowing back to our toes, so COLD! Brrrrrrr.......

There was something in the sunny highlights bouncing across the arena off the walls that caused me to snap way more photos than any human should, but I am enthralled with the beauty of the forefront and shadow duplicate of our daughter while walking and warming up her horse before getting into the saddle.

And then she smiled, and I was able to capture that moment, and the warm glow of wordless nonessentials and undeniable proof for her love of all things horse. 

She'll be missing her next lesson due to her wisdom teeth extraction, and grumbling quite a bit because of it, nevertheless she knows her new coach has invited her to ride anytime she's available. 


"And when I see her face, there's not a thing that I would change, cause you're amazing just the way you are. And when you smile, the whole world stops and stares for a while, cause you're amazing just the way you are."

~ Just the way you are lyrics, by Bruno Mars