With childhood obesity on the rise, parents are looking for healthy alternatives to get their child away from the cell phone, TV, video games and computer. Riding is a great physical exercise that improves confidence, balance, coordination and core strength.
Every time we drove by KJM, Addie would beg me to let her take riding lessons. This went on for some time and finally, her persistence won out. We met with an instructor and Addie started taking lessons. That was more than seven years ago. Her focus on riding and horses has never waivered – hot weather, cold weather, it doesn't matter. What does matter is being with and taking care of her horses. She has found something she loves to do. How many people can say the same?
Riding is a partnership that teaches kids patience and tolerance. Taking care of a horse can help teach kids about responsibility and empathy for others.
Kaylie had been wanting to take riding lessons and didn't want to take "no" for an answer. My husband (an equine veterinarian), knew the commitment involved and kept trying to put it off. But Kaylie and her grandmother had a different agenda...
Her next birthday present was a series of riding lessons and that was that. Kaylie's other extra-curricular activities slowly went by the wayside. Her horse is what she loves and she's doing what she loves to do.
Many parents believe riding is worth every dollar invested, providing a wholesome activity and focus that can help keep kids out of trouble. Their child's time and attention is spent at the stable among their fellow horsey friends as opposed to getting involved in illegal activities.
We have two girls, and our goal has always been to keep them busy in environments where the kids are good and the parents are involved. We enrolled Courtney in Kamp KJM for a week during the summer when she was 7, and she fell in love with horses. She took lessons on their school horses for months until we finally took the plunge and bought her a horse of her own.
Courtney now goes to the barn nearly every day. She doesn't have time to get into trouble between school work and her horse. Whether it's riding lessons, practicing on her own, or just hanging out with her barn friends, Courtney is having a ball and we feel comfortable knowing she is with a good crowd.
Video courtesy of Amy Stacy