oh thankyou so much for watching.
hi Shannan, Morgan (sorry name forgetting) and Heather
i feel very fortunate that i have been raised by very animal connected people. between my mum and my grandfather, i was lucky enough to learn to allow children a certain amount of freedom. it was hard watching him try to feed the little baby, even thgough he was being gentle. he has been watching me, and thought that he was being sneeky and i could not see him behind the camera!!
cheeky little monkey! i was ready to jump up at any given moment to rescue the baby, but i never had to. he was great. he has decided that the baby is his baby, after this he was actually washing her bottom with a wipe. it was so cute!!! he is so attached, that when he was going out with nanna, who he normally will run me over to get to, he refused to leave, and had to be dragged away screaming! even going to bed, he wanted to sleep with the baby.
i know what you are saying shannan about riding lessons. i hate most riding schools. it was hard to come on this site and say that i had one, because i know the reputation that they have. that is why i made sure that mine was aimed in a totally different direction. how sad that your daughter had to be put through that by her instructor. it is so hard on a child, because inside they know that it is not right, but they are doing what they are tought they are supposed to do. all of the students that i end up with are rejects from pony club and riding school, because they were ready to give up rather than have to do that any more. i am so glad that you have found honey. i will have to check out your diary when i have the chance to meet honey and hear about your daughter.
hi there Morgan. hahahah, i had to put music on there, even though it was so cute what he was saying, (none of it in a recognisable ;language, just incoherant babble) because i did not realise that i sounded so stupid when i was holding the camera. i could not handle the horrid sound of my voice!!!
i tried editing it, but it just ended up looking strange. i will try to make a little one and pop it on photobucket with his talking on it, but not my voice!
oh, i love your dog bed story
it is sooo cute.
hi Heather. i am so glad you noticed the bodylanguage. he actually is learning to use his energy. it is a big focus of mine, and i think he is learning it well. i am not even having to teach it to him, because really, how do you teach a todler????? but he just watches and feels and pickes up everything.
you mentioned your little one, it is interesting, because my middle son is very similar. he has energy that he does not know how to control. horses find him too intense and most animals think that he is too much. but he is GREAT with dogs, and he is a fantastic rider. you would think that because he is an energy child, he would be too hot, but no. he has such clear strong energy, that he does not even need to ask, the horse already is doing. they read him when he is riding and he simply has to look in a direction, and they are doing it. tiny little thing, at four, he cantered off and jumped over a little cavaletti!!!! i nearly had a heart attack, but he was pretty impressed. he has awesome ballance, but it was his energy. he was oon a 13.2 hh pony, and he could not even reach past the saddle flaps, yet the pony just did what he was thinking about, then pulled straight up, even though Lachlan was holding the saddle, and had no reins. ooooooooh, i cannot tell you what i think you are in for. they are scary these energy children. but dont worry. you will end up getting her a pony to match her strength. lachlan has the stubborn little ponies that knowone else can get to move, or that are the ones that just take the reins and run. well with him, they are wonderful. but i do not put him on the super sensitive horses. dont worry, one day you will go out and she will be magic with a pony that knowone thought had any life in them.
it is funny, because my oldest child is so super in tune with the horse on the ground, he feels what they are feeling, and he is so emotionally in tune!!!! wild birds have sat with him, and i am not kidding. even the most frightened rescue will want to stand with him. but he is not a great rider. he feels what the horse feels, and knows too much i spose. every moment of nervouseness that a horse feels, he feels and it makes him afraid. i understand this. i take everything the slow way!!
so i have one super sensitive to the extream, one hyper energy to the extream, and i think i have one that is a total split between the two. pretty cool. i think the thing is, to find their strength. if it is not on the ground, or maybe with horses. their strength maybe with dogs, cats, or even be with amazing animals as a specialist. you never know.
children are fascinating!!!