Monday, May 5, 2008

I'm NOT a Soccer Mom...


Instead, I drive my daughter to riding lessons. At aged 11, Victoria is showing the promise of becoming a seriously good horsewoman. Her teacher says so and so does Katie, my friend whose horse, Sonia (pictured), Victoria rides. Riding lessons are not a cheap undertaking, but some things are just worth it. When your child shows a strong interest, a passion even, a drive to WANT to learn, it's nothing to write that semi weekly check to further her dreams. And Katie has been so generous with Sonia, a retired race horse. Yes, Victoria, tall for her age, rides a horse. Not a pony. A full sized horse. Victoria, tall and thin, looks beautiful on Sonia, with her equally lean racing lines. They are a picture together. Am I beaming like a proud mom? YES I am! My daughter has surprised me. She hates to fold laundry, argues with me when I ask her to empty the dishwasher, but takes instruction well from her teacher and is a natural on horseback. Talks to her mount, rewards Sonia when she accomplishes a task properly. I loved horses at Victoria's age too, but didn't have the drive to want to own and ride one. I stuck to just drawing them.

5 comments:

Donna said...

GOOD looking horse!! This is horse country and lots of children ride (western style) and love it. You Should be Very proud of her! She's beautiful!!hughugs

Linda said...

Oh....Victoria is beautiful! You have every right to be proud. Yes, some things are just worth it. I loved horses when I was her age, too....but like you, I didn't ride or pursue having one. I just read about them all the time. I think you ARE a soccer mom.

Dannalie said...

She looks great on that horse!
I rode when I was a child. Loved it! But haven't been on a horse in probably 20 years. Maybe I should try it again...hum...thanks for getting me thinking!

Beth said...

what a good mom you are !!!

I was a soccer mom for years and the mileage on our car from our out of town tournaments....enough to make my head swim !!

but as moms, we do what our kids love and that's what matters most !!

and your daughter with her riding horse....GORGEOUS !!

Ragamuffin Gal said...

Wow!!! This is such a neat post and I love the way you began it!!! I really admire you for giving your daughter this gift ~ it will last her a life time! She looks sensational! Blessings, Katie