A thing about me: I work at the barn at Camp Allen. Unfortunately, a lot of people will never get to know what that is like. There are a million little moments that occur throughout the day that I would happily relive over and over again. So here's photo story of those little moments to give you an idea of how beautiful it is to spend a blistery January day outside working with your human and horse teammates to create a great day of riding at the barn.
Each morning we pour feed and open the big barn doors to let in a swarm of hungry horses. They come in and each stand outside their own stall until we come by and let them in. As the team eats, we tack up. Then we bring the saddled and bridled horses into the arena where they wait for guests to come for rides.
Each ride is guided by at least two "wranglers," one in the front and one in the back. In between rides, we find things to do, like... hug? I don't know. Or we love on Winifred, the photogenic two year old steer. Or we clean. Or we go around taking photos of our dogs and the horses and stuff like that. But regardless what we do to fill the space in between rides, the day ends up being about waiting, but waiting in a good way. With horses, waiting is a discipline. When working with or training horses, patience is key. You can't rush the learning or trusting process, so you give them time to absorb the concepts. If you don't wait on their understanding to catch up to your requests, it will very likely take longer to undo the damage created by rushing them into compliance. It's all about trust. Trust can be about waiting.
*You know when you have one of those moments where you say something truthful and you realize God is actually saying that same thing to you, through you? Yeah, just had one of those.*
Anyway, the day is all about waiting. We wait for guests to arrive for rides. Little girls impatiently climb the fence, waiting to mount their horses. Horses are tied up in the arena, waiting for dinner. We wait for horses to finish eating dinner before cleaning out the barn. Then, waiting for tomorrow to do it all again.
Bonus pics: Bowie looking out the window (more waiting - waiting on me to liberate him from the office) and Bowie loving on Kaylee.