The school has been in operation since 1999. When I started, I thought I
would simply teach people to ride horses. When I started, 3 of my
grandchildren enjoyed hanging around with me and the horses. These
kids were my early teachers on how to do things 'kid friendly'. As you can
see in the photos on this page, I had fun.
This incredible journey has allowed me to share lives with a fantastic
assortment of people and horses and I have learned from them as we
traveled together. I furnish the horses for lessons as well as taking people
with their own horses.
What I didn't know was how much about 'life' horseback riding lessons
would teach. The stories of personal growth are endless. And, I am
privileged to be a part of each of these journeys which adds to my
learning and understanding too.
The horse has something to offer the human that is different from other
animals. I believe it is an ability to partner with the human in a way like no
other. The ultimate predator - human - and the ultimate prey - horse -
come together and work as a team only limited by imagination.
The horse is a teacher and a healer. The human benefits from both.
While we talk about things like building character, developing leadership,
learning to communicate clearly, listen to others, demonstrate kindness
and consideration, control your emotions, learn to listen and understand,
focus on task, follow through with task, be responsible for own actions -
just try and put forth effort working with the horses provides the
opportunity to put all this in action every lesson.
Parents become my assistants and this puts them into a different role
with their child. I expect the child to interact with the 'coach' in a
I have watched the uncoordinated child develop simply because he has
to saddle, bridle and unsaddle the horse.He develops strength through out
the body because this activity demands that you use everything.
It is a 'hold your breath moment' when you watch a 40 pound child safely
lead a 1000 pound horse then get on top and have it work for them.
It is wonderful when the student realizes he/she is responsible for what is
happening AND assumes responsibility.
The pictures are of me (top) and the rest are grand kids. They taught me
a lot about kids with horses.
LOCATED IN PORTALES NEW MEXICO, ABRAZOS ADVENTURE IS EASY ACCESS FROM CLOVIS, MELROSE AND
CANNON AIR FORCE BASE.
WE ARE DEFINITELY AN OUTDOOR HORSEBACK RIDING EXPERIENCE, OPEN YEAR ROUND, AND TRY TO WORK
AROUND YOUR SCHEDULE AND THE WEATHER. A GOOD ACTIVITY FOR BOTH CHILDREN AND ADULTS. YOU ARE
NEVER TOO OLD.
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THE JOURNEY TO NOW
I love these two photos. When we talk about a kid having to shinny up
the horse this is what it can look like. You just don't want to go too far
though. Chance is such a tall man now, that mounting is no problem.
This photo is of CC the horse I started the school with.