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Horsepower for Kids

September 19, 2013

A few weeks ago Henry and I spent a morning at a local farm/riding stable/petting zoo/wild animal rescue place called Horsepower for Kids. I didn’t think Henry would be interested in riding the ponies, but I knew he’d love seeing and petting lots of different animals.

This baby pig walked out of his pen, made a beeline for Henry’s lap, and made himself right at home!



After snuggling with the piglet for as long as he could sit still, Henry passed a rigorous inspection by a miniature horse:


Then he lost a staring contest with a rather large bunny:


So he plopped down on the ground to commiserate with a friendly tortoise:


Henry found a kindred spirit in this sweet and silly goat:


But he didn’t really appreciate this sheep’s oily fleece:


Henry’s favorite animal was a lazy barn cat who didn’t seem to mind a few tight squeezes:


Finally, he insisted he wanted to ride this pony named Chip.  I was skeptical and Henry started the ride with a death-grip on my hand:


But he quickly became comfortable enough to hold onto the saddle horn and insist, “Come on, Chip! Let’s go!” when the pony had the audacity to slow down for a nibble of grass!


We had a great time!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 19, 2013 4:36 pm

    Wow! What fun.

  2. Ericka Northrop permalink
    September 20, 2013 7:54 am

    So cute! Great photos!

  3. Haley permalink
    September 20, 2013 4:36 pm

    Awwwww… Henry does the funnest things! :)

  4. September 21, 2013 7:36 am

    Remember when you were young I had to take you to a pet store on a regular basis. The agreement was, “I won’t ask you to leave before you are ready and you won’t ask me to buy any of the animals.” I always took you just before lunch and eventually you would get hungry enough to leave peacefully.

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