One of my friends asked "Why do you pay so much money for your kid to ride horses?" Well I have a confession to make, I don't pay for my kid to ride horses.
So, if I am not paying for her to ride, what am I paying for?
- I pay for those moments when my kid becomes so tired she wants to quit but doesn't.
- I pay for those days when my kid comes home from school and is "too tired" to go the barn but goes anyway.
- I pay for my kid to learn to be disciplined.
- I pay for my kid to learn to take care of her body.
- I pay for my kid to learn to work with others and to be a good team mate.
- I pay for my kid to learn to deal with disappointment, when she doesn't get that ribbon she'd hoped for, but still has to work hard in the grading.
- I pay for my kid to learn to make and accomplish goals.
- I pay for my kid to learn that it takes hours and hours and hours and hours of hard work and practice to create a champion, and that success does not happen overnight.
- I pay for the opportunity my kid has and will have to make life-long friendships.
- I pay so that my kid can be in the arena instead of in front of a screen...
...I could go on but, to be short, I don't pay for horse riding, I pay for the opportunities that horse riding provides my kid with to develop attributes that will serve her well throughout her life and give her the opportunity to bless the lives of others. From what I have seen so far I think it is a great investment.