Jordyn and Abby have known each other almost from birth. Jordyn is about six months older than Abby but Abby has always been bright enough and quick enough to not only follow Jordyn but to lead her. Sometimes that was not good, especially when they were three and four years old and known “shop” at the Equestrian Center boutiques, promising Caroline or I would be back to pay for whatever they had picked out (I have to say they usually had extremely good taste-I didn’t always want to purchase a $100 sweater for Jo).
Both Jo and Abby has older role models in their aunt/sister and the millions of kids they watch at the shows that they should be top-notch riders now by age seven. But both girls are equally skittish. Trotting fine one day and reluctant to move forward the next. We can easily blame that on some super-duper falls they have taken that have made them leery of anything Caroline or I promise. fair enough. It was great this last weekend to have a horse date without aunt or sister in tow, just the little girls to ride their ponies.
The have enjoyed lots of fun times but have not actually entered a horse show except for Leadline. We are hoping to remedy that in September where they will step out on the rescue ponies for the first time on their own. That should be an event to remember. I am glad these girls have had each other, to play with, to love horses with, to support one another and drive each other on. It is a special friendship.
I hope one day these two make the Junior Riders team. But it is just as likely they could walk away from all this riding stuff their families do and just say it is not for me. It can be scary, and overwhelming. but I hope they stay friends and continue to build on their early relationship.