Horseback Riding

We did a lot this weekend.  I tried my hand at attending tennis lessons — in Spanish.  It was a lot of fun!  I enjoyed being active and out.  Jeff signed me up through the instructor who also works at Jeff’s school; and somehow managed to let him know I needed a racket and was told I pay $10 euro per lesson.  About half way through, as I fumbled along trying to understand the drill one of the other three women says to me “You have to switch sides.” In perfect English.  I was so happy to find that someone spoke English and hopeful maybe I’ll find some folks to practice my Spanish with – over wine of course.

We took the girls Horseback riding.  I booked the rides online but it was completely unclear when we should show up.  I sent an email, in English, and never heard back so we headed out on Saturday hopeful it would work out.  After several attempts to convey that we hoped Jeff & Amelia could go on a trail ride while the other two just rode around the property the owner/receptionist got us speaking to her English speaking son and we were all set.  I am not a horse person.  I had no intention of riding.  I certainly had no intention of leading a horse around in a circle for an hour while I gave Violet & Clara turns on the horse.  But that is what I did in the blazing hot sun in my sandals.  Clara had a blast.  Violet wanted to go on a trail ride like her sister.  Amelia & Jeff headed off with little instruction for a trail ride.  They had just left the property when I saw Amelia on her horse with her horse walking her back to the stables with the trail guide running down the road behind her.  I was concerned.  And I later learned so was Jeff.  But the guide got them all straightened out and off they went.  Amelia had a great time!  She kept exclaiming how she never thought she’d ever ride a horse without someone holding it!  We’ll be returning, well at least Jeff & Amelia will be returning for trail rides later in the year (Violet & Clara are too little) as it was really reasonably priced at 15 euros per horse.

We also went to Madrid.  To which I brought my nice DSLR camera only to realize once I arrived that I failed to put the photo card back into the camera.  Argh!  I did have my phone and Jeff his so I’ll get those pictures up in another blog.

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You can’t see it but she also has her cowboy boots on.

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Amelia is on the white horse. This is as they are first leaving the stables.

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Here’s Amelia and her horse as her horse starts turning around to go back to the stables.

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Amelia returning with a big grin and a thumbs up!

More pictures can be found at our online family photo album .  I was getting some unwanted spam and since I upload all of our family pictures here, it is password protected.  If you don’t know the password, email me 🙂

 

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  1. Great pics! Too funny about you being horse leader :O

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