When the campers left at 2pm after their swimming, I took Madison home. She would not have been able to come had she not had a ride home. The road to take her home was very curvy and winding. That Wednesday I got carsick and had a hard time driving back. I didn't even go back to camp, but called Nate and said I just had to lay down and that I would be home. Whew. Glad that was over. I think my aweful feelings were compounded or started with a headache all morning starting with the saddliing...and spraying the horses with fly spray. Boom. Headache. The next day I asked the kitchen for white vinegar to spray for flies. Seems like I would learn not to use the strong sprays. I had trouble with this before.
The campers arrived at the barn in groups twice each day. The ponies brought into the barn ahead of time and brushed and saddled. We divided the group up when they arrived at the barn. Some were riding ponies, some were swinging on the barn swing and some went for a ride in the pony cart. We didn't use a pony though. We asked the guy counselors to take them for a little ride out through and gate and around the tractor and wagon and back again. The kids enjoyed themselves and Kristin, one of the workers said the pony cart was a hit. Why didn't we think of this before? Last year we let them brush a pony, but I really didn't have enough workers to spread around the barn. I needed most to lead the ponies. ...getting our guy counselors in shape. :)
During the break and while the chldren were in chapel for a 45 minute block of time, we worked out some of the horses in the arena. We had brought in two horses and had them brushed and saddled and ready in the two stalls. We worked on circles, starting and stopping and consistant gaits around the arena...and teaching them to walk past the gate instead of always trying to come into the barn.
After lunch, the wranglers and I went back to the barn and cleaned the fields, sacrifice lot, and arena of piles. We usually brought 6 full wheel barrows full to the compost pile. It's work, but a tarp over that stuff sure is an aid to keep flies down.
We took another 45 minutes to work out another horse or two. I've learned some things in the workouts...that there are some obstacles or scary things around the barn that need to be moved. (These objects were newly placed and the horses are not used to them.) I may be able to handle the horses around these things, but campers couldn't. They are risk factors.
More campers come to ride next week. The barn and the horses is just a little part of camp, there are so many fun things to do and learn - especially about God. I must do my part making the horses as safe as possible to ride and teaching the campers as much as possible whle they are at the barn.
One of the many good things the speaker said this week was that it's never, never, never, never never, never about us. It's about being a servant of the King of Kings. It's about Jesus.
Enough writing for tonight. I heard Yetti barking a few minutes ago. I think I'll go see her and take her for a little walk around the house and yard a couple of times. The fireflies are out and it's beautiful seeing them on the mountain..