Life is not perfect. It has ups and downs. Not every activity is perfect. There are always positives and negatives to every situation. Riding camp was no exception.
There were positives: the beautiful setting, the calm dynamic of this group of girls, Grace was able to ride bareback and loved it, Lilah discovered that she did not hate yoga. Both girls adored the older teen staff members.
There were also negatives: not as much riding time as anticipated, not being entirely comfortable with your horse, the extreme heat during the week of camp, the biting insects.
I am proud of my girls for sticking this week out. They desperately wanted to walk away from this experience. After a long conversation, Greg and I decided they needed to persevere through it because they were learning something new each day (dressage rather than hunt seat, the anatomy and care and keeping of a horse, yoga). It may not have been their favorite week ever. It may not be something they ever do again. That is okay. Knowing that you can overcome a difficult experience or situation, class, teacher, boss, is an important life skill. Walking away is easy. Sticking it out takes courage, perseverance, confidence, determination, resolve, and adaptability.
This may have “just” been a camp about horses and horseback riding, but the life lessons they learned were far more important.