They had no trouble remembering that last rule!
One of my many favorite things about PALS is their emphasis on rider safety. Will is mostly free of sidewalkers during lessons, but for the show she had "horse buddies" with her, one to keep a loose hold of the horse's lead rope, and one to walk next to her:
Syd started her lessons young enough that she had THREE sidewalkers once, one to hold the lead rope and one on either side, and they actually had to keep a hand on her when she trotted, but she's a hugely confident rider now, and during both girls' lessons their sidewalkers are mainly helpful now as sort of personal teaching assistants, helping the girls with technique and reminding them of proper form while their instructor maintains the lesson.
Some of the main pieces of therapeutic equipment in the ring are these nifty elevators that will lift a rider up to the level of their horse's back to make mounting easier. The girls have LONGED to ride these elevators, but of course never have, so imagine their glee when they discovered that since there was a mix of therapeutic and recreational riders in every class, it made things nice and even to have everybody mount using the elevators!
|Syd waits her turn to mount Cody using the ELEVATOR!!!|
Syd, in particular, was almost comically pleased and surprised to have a real live ribbon and trophy just for her:
In the end, I had a couple of VERY happy, VERY proud little riders--
--who LOVED their ribbons and trophies:
I think they may have caught the horseback riding bug BAD now.