Two of our dearest family friends are regular volunteers at DreamPower Horsemanship in Gilroy, CA. They invited us to the “Ponies, Pumpkins & Parents” event that occurred yesterday.
DreamPower is a non-profit organization which provides therapeutic horsemanship lessons, clinics, and camps for children, teens and adults. Their staff includes seasoned horse handlers and licensed counseling professionals who help people facing challenges (medical, behavioral, etc.) by practicing animal care or simply how to ride on horseback.
We had a great time as a family, with my Dear Sweet Wife and I learning about parenting tips while our two boys played with horses, ponies, goats, chickens and ducks.
Their favorite activity had them playing out horse and rider, taking turns holding or wearing (!) the bridle. While they thought it was a game, it was actually an exercise to practice responding to when others don’t behave the way you expect them to.
And as we hoped the visit made for some good photo opportunities. Above is a shot I took on my Polaroid 100 of the horse “Pete” who is under the excellent care of our friend.
I also took some shots with my F6 and Rollei B 35 (which need to be developed), and my wife with her Fuji Instax Mini and D300. Yes, we can be a little “over formatted” at times…