On Friday, January 18th, Ashtyn, mom and I headed out to Graystone Ranch for a horse riding adventure. For Ashtyn’s ninth birthday this year, her Mimi and Papa gave her the wonderfully unique gift of a 2 hour trail ride (thanks to a great coupon we found!). And, it couldn’t be complete unless all 3 of us made a day of it of course. A sweet friend came over to watch the little ones and we enjoyed lunch together and headed out to the Georgia country to a very unique (to say the least) family-owned Ranch and animal rescue property. If you are looking for a very “raw”, “natural” horseback-riding adventure, this is the place 🙂 This has been one of Ashtyn’s childhood dreams and Mom and I brushed up on our old horse-riding skills from our youth and ventured off together hitting the trails with our youthful guides. So much fun was had and it was a beautiful memory together.
Mom got the largest horse of all – a black stallion worth $250 grand! She had to use a picnic table to hoist her petite self up onto this big guy, but she did it!
Our new friends.
Because of Ashtyn’s “small for her age” size, they didn’t have a saddle with stirrups short enough for her legs, so she had to co-ride until she felt comfortable. After about 10 minutes, she was on her own without help. The girls told us she was the most calm, confident 9 year old they have ever seen ride. And this was her first time!
The trail was just gorgeous
After our ride, we got to brush the horses for a bit.