Saturday was an amazing day.... cool breezes with bright sunshine. Perfect weather for riding horses. So we struck out early and headed for the Kentucky Horse Park. Lucky for me it is only about a twenty minute drive from home, because it is absolutely my daughter's favorite place in the world. With so much to do from museums to horse drawn carriages, horse shows and special events, trolley rides and pony rides, we can loose ourselves in a world full of horses. Exploring the barns, petting the horses and being up close and personal with each one is where 'E' wants to be. She searches for every opportunity to touch the soft nose of each different breed. I am amazed with her interest and focus for such a tender age. Some people say that all little girls love horses, "it is just natural." But watching from the outside, I think 'E' has more than an everyday fascination. Unlike the attachment to a toy she will soon outgrow, the connection she displays in the saddle is so much deeper. It is love exuded right before my eyes. Her face glows and her eyes twinkle with amazement. I can tell she wants to squeeze so tight, as her delicate little hands brush the soft fur of her mounts mane. It is new everytime she rides, but familiar and safe. She rides without hesitation and has complete trust in her horse. The quick lead-line pony ride only fuels her wishes and dreams to "ride on her own." In her mind, I am sure she is galloping through the open pastures, as she circles on the pony for the last time. I smile trying to soak in every moment knowing soon enough the reins will be in her hands.