Continuing our series on Motherhood and Riding, we have a special treat today!
Two professional women, who love horses and their young children, share HOW and WHY they have stayed active in the horse community during this busy chapter in their lives.
I think it is a shame that women leave the saddle during the young-child phase, though I can certainly understand why. Horses and children can both be expensive, time consuming, and demanding. But I believe that with the right planning (such as co-leasing your horse), and the right collaboration with your horse service providers (your stable, your trainers), more mothers may be able to stay in horses. Even if this period of your life requires you to sell your horse in your family's or your horse's best interests, I would still advocate the value in continuing to be involved in the horse community, even if you are not regularly mounted yourself. The soul-soothing it can give you, the value in exposing your children to the barn, and the value and encouragement you can add to your fellow equestrians are all compelling reasons to make it to the next horse show or clinic or lesson to audit, help set jumps, or to just be refreshed by being in and around the horse world.
Have a read to see what our two contributing working/ riding/ mothering women have to say about horses and motherhood!
Dr. Camille Knopf, who has contributed regularly to Ribbons and Red Tape, starting with an introduction in this post, shared about stallion STD testing in mares, about Sex Ed for Mr. Ed, and many more!
Jackie of Regarding Horses writes a personal blog about her life with horses as a mother, on horsemanship and training, equestrian event coverage, tutorials, product reviews, and more. She recently offered a very honest post, "6 Confessions of a Postpartum horse back rider" which is essential reading for any expecting equestrian mother...and for horse businesses that serve mothers and want to understand their target market a bit better!
Do any of these reasons resonate with you, either as a riding mother, a horse-crazy mom who had to leave the barn during the hectic years, or as a barn that loses the income stream when moms can't keep up a horse while also raising young children?