Pretty Pony

It may not be the best photo of a toddler on a pony the world has ever seen:

But I was delighted to have the chance to take it.  Anyone who knew me as a child can tell you that I was crazy about horses.  I took riding lessons, I went to horse camp, I collected Breyer horses, I subscribed to horse magazines, I made my family go on trail rides at every opportunity, I read all kinds of horsey books, from classics like King of the Wind: The Story of the Godolphin Arabian"" to silly series like The Saddle Club"".

I have just taken a moment to reminisce with myself about The Saddle Club.  As they say in these parts: holy buckets.

Anyway, I loved horses throughout my childhood and into my early teen years.  Zoe loves them in the way that two-year-olds love most animals, and when she realized that she could actually ride the ponies at Red Rooster Days in nearby Dassel, she was ecstatic.

And something of a natural horsewoman, I must say:

Seeing your child love something that you love–whether it’s riding a pony, reading But No Elephants "", or listening to Tom Jones–gives you a special kind of joy.

Inquiring minds may want to know that the first two examples are my loves, and the third example is Mike’s.  All three are now Zoe’s.



Filed under Your Moment of Zoe

5 responses to “Pretty Pony

  1. Claire

    ride ’em cowboy (did I get that right?? love that story)


  2. Sally Wilke

    This is just too special! She does look great and comfortable too!


    • I agree! I worried she might be scared, but she loved it—she would have been happy to ride those ponies all day long, and if it didn’t cost three dollars a ride, I might have let her.


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