Monday, May 18, 2009


The girls in Vicki's Brownie troop have been begging to go horseback riding since they were 1st graders. But, being the cruel leaders that we are, we've never let them because we didn't think they were old enough to get anything out of it. But this year the girls won. As part of their bridging activities we took them to Short Acres Farm to be cowgirls for a day.

They learned basic horse safety and how to care for a horse - brushing, cleaning the hooves, feeding, etc.

They painted horseshoes for souveniers:

And best of all, they got to ride a pony!

The pony that Vicki rode, King Arthur (Artie for short) was the victim guest of honor at a pony party earlier in the day, where apparently the kids were turned loose on him with paints ("Now that's a horse of a different color!") He was a very patient pony.

Unfortunately (yeah, right!) the ponies we had saddled up were too small for my co-leader and me to have a ride. I haven't been on a horse since I was 13, so I was okay with not making a fool of myself. Vicki did a great job, though (riding the horse, that is, not making a fool of herself!)

We're winding down the Girl Scout year right along with the school year. One more meeting, and a Rose Festival parade, and these girls will be Juniors!


  1. Love the pictures--looks like fun and educational, too!

    Love, Mom/Grandma

  2. Those are some lucky girls scouts. That looks like tons of fun.

  3. I remember wanting to take horse back riding lessons when I was about Vicki's age. I had a friend that took them and thought it would be the coolest thing ever. Unfortunately, by the time I actually rode a horse I was terrified. It would have been better to start out with these ponies.

    Do you hold girl scouts in the summer or take a break? What is the difference between girl scouts and juniors?

  4. We skip the summers for the most part. We've done backyard campouts and swim parties, but we don't hold regular meetings.

    Girl Scouts is the organization. Daisies, Brownies, Juniors, Cadettes, Seniors, and Ambassadors are the age levels.


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