The girls were thrilled to each have a private lesson at a nearby stable. They had been inspired en route to Colorado by seeing the girl in a wheelchair who was coming to spend a week riding horses--thanks to the Make a Wish Foundation. A family friend whose daughter rides arranged for the girls to each have half an hour of instruction. Needless to say, they LOVED it. Have I opened a can of worms with this one??? I think they would gladly ride every day... They learned how to saddle the horse, steer, post and trot. An added plus was that Prince, their pony, was speckled like Steps High, the horse from the Kaya books they have been reading. Natalia will be ecstatic when she opens up Steps High from her Grandpa Portland on her birthday!
Katya and Natalia BEAMED the whole time--and we were equally happy to watch them. How nice to have their Grandma and Grandpa share that special afternoon with us!