We will be coming up on our last week of camp. This week is for our 4-5th grade campers. I would have liked more campers. I heard there were about 50. It's way lower than previous years. I'm sure the schedule change had a lot to do with it. Our week was moved from the first week to the last week because of the school schedule being late. Weather in the winter makes a difference to the camp in the summer.
God knows, though, just who will be there and it will be a good week for them too.
I have to keep an eye on a few horses who are getting a little tired of the routine. It's fun to change things up, and I know it's good for the horses too. Having younger campers, we need to watch that the reins are not held too tightly making horses toss their heads up and down or the horse backing up. Either motion puts a nervousness into campers. I tell the wranglers working with me to go immediately to walk beside the horse and lead for awhile. Talking to the camper and teaching how to hold the reins and showing them how to follow the other horses in a line is very helpful at this age.
We can get two different responses from two different campers who have ridden the same horse in the same day: "This horse is stubborn and won't go." or, "this horse is so well trained, I don't have to do much. I like this." It's all in the routine and how those campers are holding the reins and using their hands, weight, legs and voice to communicate,in my humble opinion.
We can teach and reteach and correct, but if it is not maintained during riding, the horse is going to throw it's head or walk in the wrong direction (we are glad it is walking and not trotting or cantering!). Horses really are very smart and they can tell you if they are bored, or hurting, or distressed. Just observe...and then correct the situation. I ask that the wranglers go immediately. I can go to a problem too, and I do, but having the extra eyes and hands and assertiveness lowers risk.
A lot of different situations in life can be "low risk" situations if we learn to be observant and then be assertive enough to fix the problem before it gets out of hand.
Praying for a very nice camp week. :)
II Corinthians 12:8,9 And He said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness." Therefore must gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore, I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.