Life on the farm is still wonderful, but it is a lot busier because of the new routine for the summer camps. I have made friends with Eraldo’s dog, Drago, and enjoy taking him on long walks through the fields during my free time.
The girl who I am working with for the whole month of June arrived about a week ago. Her name is Kara and she is a 35-year-old medical photographer from Australia. Like me, she found the job at Rendola through workaway. She is an incredibly free-spirited girl and I have been having an amazing time with her already. The other day she saw fireflies for the first time in her life and was ecstatic. It was a beautiful moment to witness. We have been establishing a plan to advertise Rendola Riding through our combined skills of her photography and my marketing/design background.
The children arrived last Sunday and I have been getting along with them very well! I enjoy seeing young girls interact with horses. Looking back, I realize how much horses have benefitted me throughout my life because of the responsibility that it taught me. It is lovely helping young girls do something that I am so passionate about. They are at a very good age where they are not dependent on me for their entertainment. I walked outside the other night to feed the horses and they all had set up jumps in the paddock to jump by foot. It instantly brought me back to my childhood, where my friends and I used to act like horses and jump around courses for hours upon hours. I even used to drag my dog along to join! The girls have arranged a competition for later in the week and I have been assigned to be the judge/time keeper.
I felt honored when I was asked by Eraldo to ride his horse, Byron, in the riding ring the other day. Byron is an incredibly beautiful, jet black, Arab that has a white blaze on his face like Ellie, my first horse, did. He was lovely to ride and I even got to jump him. Kara came down and took some pictures (shown below). Please check out her other photos at www.karaburns.com
I was getting picked on the other day because every time I am done riding a horse I say “I think ___ is my favorite now.” I’ve decided that it is impossible for me to have a favorite because I love every single one of them. They are all incredibly well behaved and good mannered horses.