As a kid, my Aunt Ruth ran a summer horse farm riding business in Maine called "Camp Little Ponderosa".Over 30 Maine horses but a few were more like old friends.
A thirty year old Maine horse is not going to be used in beginning green hunter jumper classes.
These horses in Maine have earned the privilege, right to time literally to be "put out to Maine land pasture".
Enjoying rich pasture clover, socializing with other four legged equines.
Standing back to end.
Taking turns tail swatting flies.
Kids from affluent New York, New Jersey, Massachusetts parents would spend the entire summer on the the Maine horse farm. Rural properties, an agriculural, pastural setting in Maine is the "green screen" back drop needed for simpler, healthier living. Less people and the ones here friendly, community connected in the 4th lowest crime state called Maine up here in the right hand corner of the country.
Learning how to take care of a horse, from haying, graining, watering, shoveling the fertilizer.
Showing the Maine horses in local shows for a blue ribbon, to place in a competition.Added to swimming lessons, time for arts and crafts each day. All part of the experience at my Aunt Ruth's horse farm for kids attending summer camp. Working, earning your keep as a kid on a Maine farm property.
Going to the movies indoor once a week. Outdoor drive in the same interval. Climbing Mount Katahdin once a summer too. Pretty well rounded Maine summer camp experience. Some of the horse shows across the border in Canada. If the horses had all their shots, coggins test paperwork to show border crossing officials.
Besides responsibilities being taught with the grooming, showing of Maine horses, another component a little more hidden shines brightly once exposed.
The therapeutic aspect of the love shown a sensitive, large four legged animal from the gentle hand of an adolescent.
Talking to that Maine horse, getting to know his gate, relying on him to get your through the jump course.
All part of the experience at the Maine horse riding camp for kids.
The responsibility with chores on a Maine farm needing to be done day and night. Round the clock, right on schedule whether the kid feels like it or not. Not an option to skip out of the rotation.
To throw down bales of hay to break up, pull apart, shred in to three flakes for Big Lady, just two flakes for Stardust or Melody.The field haying land operation part of the experience on the Maine horse farm, summer camp too. Working your room and board on top of whatever number Mom and Dad filled in on the check with blue ink.
My Aunt Ruth had no kids but had hundreds. She was also a music teacher and had the ability to get music, a tune, tone from some kids that normally could not carry a tune one if it had handles. With an ability to playfully tease but give attention to some kids who did not get enough growing up. It increased my sense of respect for teachers, roles that the school plays in structure, building a productive citizen of tomorrow.
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