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Maddie’s Horse Lessons in Shanghai

Maddie rides Benny

Say WHOA like you mean it!

Maddie has been riding in Shanghai for about a month so far.  We wake up every Saturday morning and head out to the barn, leaving the early.  Maddie has a private lesson first to teach her the skills that she needs to be safe and responsible on the horses.  Her trainer is just perfect for her.  His name is Spencer and he’s always telling her to be tough.  Don’t just say “whoa”.  Say “WHOA!”  Maddie is taking a liking to him and the two ponies that she rides on a regular basis.  Her confidence is soaring and she is learning so much.  After four lessons, she’s already getting the hang of posting.  In her own words, here’s Maddie…. she’ll tell you what to do when you fall off!

Maddie and Joe Joe

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Maddie’s Horseback Riding Lessons in Oregon

We knew that this would be the summer that Maddie had her first horse lesson.  We seized the opportunity because we’ve been able to spend a big chunk of our summer in Oregon.  I knew that Maddie was ready for this because I knew that she understood that it was WORK and JOY to take care of a horse… not just the joy part!  She eagerly got my old saddles out, got the saddle soap out, got the saddle oil out and cleaned for a very long time!  This was after taking a “field trip” to our local tack and supply store which lasted well over two hours.  Note:  we only bought saddle soap!

After researching for a long time while sitting on my couch in Shanghai, we decides to go with Champion Training Center.  Everything out their website made me feel like it was “home” if that makes any sense...

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