Basic Horsemanship Honor

My kids are involved in Pathfinders.  This is a co-ed club, similar to boy or girl scouts, with an emphasis on service, building friendships, and learning new skills.  Each year the children work on various “honors”, giving them an introduction to a wide variety of skills and activities.

I am so proud of my daughter.  She has stepped up and is TEACHING the Basic Horsemanship Honor.  She completed the honor a while back, and also completed the Advanced Horsemanship Honor.  She has owned her own horse/horses for several years, and is quite qualified to head up this group of younger children.  As an older teen in the club, they are encouraged to take on more leadership positions, and it’s exciting to see my daughter stepping up to the challenge.  It was her idea to teach the honor, and we all just said, “Go for it!!”

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This has been a great experience for her, learning organization skills, keeping the kids’ attention, planning games, activities, and quizzes.  I dare say she is a natural teacher like her mother and grandmother:)  The girls are interested, engaged, and eager to learn.

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Here she is quizzing the girls on what they’ve already covered in the past few weeks.  When it was time to ask for a volunteer to help with Shinanigan, every single hand shot up and pleading faces looked in her direction!!

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Most of the girls saw my daughter ride her horse, Shinanigan, in the fair a few weeks ago, and they all couldn’t wait to see her up close!  On this night, the girls were able to brush, lead, saddle, mount and dismount the horse!  They all did great and had a super time learning together!

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