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May 7th, 2013:

Diving In

It’s official . . . we’re diving into the land of English horse jumping and shows.

Yup . . . Princess is leasing a horse this summer. We’re going to ride a couple times this week to make sure it’s a good fit before we make it official, but I can’t see why it won’t work out.

I also just purchased this as a surprise for my Princess…

An English saddle beginner’s kit (many thanks to MS and A for your help in educating me about saddles and decisions!).

We had planned on purchasing a used saddle, but I (and my lovely horse people who help me learn all this stuff!) found out it’s VERY difficult to find a used English saddle for a kid – and within the beginner budget I had set. Princess and I searched quite a bit last week – she even sat on about a half dozen used ones. There was one we’d settle for, but it wasn’t great, and was too spendy for what it was in my mind.

So when a link to this saddle came to my inbox (thank you Dallas friend!), it was meant to be :-) It should be here in a week and I can’t WAIT to surprise Princess with it!

***** To the moms in my life . . . note the word SURPRISE. Please don’t tell Princess!

Also excited to see how the riding goes this week before we officially add a new semi-family member to the family for the summer.

If you’d asked me a year ago, or even 6 months ago, if we’d be leasing a horse and owning a saddle, I would’ve said you were crazy. Come to think of it, I probably DID tell you you were crazy!

My how things change … and how giant blue eyes on a tiny little body can convince you that it would be just wrong to keep a Princess from her horse :-)