A First

Today was a day I never thought I would see.  My younger daughter, Flossie, and I went out for a ride together.

Flossie has never been a particularly keen or able rider in her youth.  As a child, she had no balance or co-ordination due to neuro developmental delay (retained Moro, Plantar and Palmar reflexes – three of the infant reflexes).  I have never forced either of my daughters to ride.  If they wanted to learn, then fine and while Daisy was determined to ride from an early age, it has taken a while for Flossie to want to do this.  Her choice completely.

She has had a few lessons sporadically through her life and was a very accomplished carriage driver from a very early age.  But horse riding was difficult for her.

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I have always wanted to take her out for a ride and today we agreed that this was The Day.  She tacked up Iacs on her own.

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And off we set with me riding Haakon.

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BeAnne came too.

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Iacs was the perfect gentleman.  He never put a hoof wrong.  BeAnne pottered alongside and we had a lovely ride.  There was even the odd trot when Iacs tried to catch up Haakon, who seemed to have a bee in his bonnet about waiting nicely or walking alongside his friend.

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Iacs’ behaviour was exemplary.  He looked after his precious charge very carefully.

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I trust Iacs to look after Flossie no matter what.

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BeAnne knows the drill on treks.  If cars appear, she immediately goes to the side of the road and waits.

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So that was an afternoon I will never forget.  Taking my daughter for her first trek with me.

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