One of the greatest gifts you can give someone is planting the seed of possibility. As equestrians, we need to be consistent in planting those seeds in younger generations. Sparking the same passion for equines in a new generation of equestrians.
Don’t judge each day by the harvest you reap, but by the seeds that you plant
~ Robert Louis Stephenson
Unfortunately, in this busy world, introducing a young person to horses has many challenges. It may be inconvenient from a time perspective. There are many other rivals for children’s attentions. Things like computer games, other sports, school projects. However, at some point someone made the effort, against all the odds, and planted that seed with you…
So today, for Day 8 of the SfS 12 Days of Christmas Equestrian Challenge, your challenge is to introduce a young person to horses and ponies.
This could look like booking a horse riding lesson at a local riding school. Perhaps you could bring them to visit your horse? Or you can simply take a walk to where there is a field with a horse or pony in it and feed it a pick of grass over the gate. It might just be as simple as buying a ‘horse’ book, or renting one from the library.
Obviously not every child introduced to a horse will develop a life long love for them – but some will… and isn’t that what it’s all about? Making the effort for the few who will take up the reins and continue loving and caring for our horses; after we are gone.
As adults we often underestimate the simple things, looking for needless ways to overcomplicate. This almost always leads to doing nothing. Rather try to see things through the eyes of a child, where the most basic interaction with a horse or pony will truly make their day. .
Share a photo of your ‘little person’ enjoying their time with horses and share it with the rest of us using the hashtags below… Come on, this will take a little effort, but will yield huge returns :)
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The Strides for Success 12 Days of Christmas Equestrian Challenge is an opportunity for equestrians throughout the world to give their favourite equestrian businesses, bloggers and horse people in general a big virtual shout out & “Thank You” throughout the 2016 build up to Christmas!
To join in the fun, simply CLICK HERE and help spread the love & gratitude throughout the horsey world.
When you join the 12 Days of Christmas Equestrian Challenge you will receive the daily emails, with links to the videos that go into a little more detail for each day. You can also join the Facebook Group and will be in with a chance to win some goodies for yourself this Christmas as well!
Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4, Day 5, Day 6, Day 7, Day 8, Day 9, Day 10, Day 11, Day 12
And help us to spread the Christmas goodwill all over the equestrian world by sharing the challenge with your friends and fellow riders. Thank You!