It has been a roller coaster of a couple weeks, and I have been one of the passengers in the middle car. One of our boarders & families has had a terrible turn of luck that I am not discussing here, but they have been a true study in grace. If you wish to have it termed in grittier eventing lingo – then they really seem to know how to sit back and kick on. Suffice to say, that the kids in the barn along with their parents are some pretty great people. However, its probably because of the parents that the children are really great.
And whether or not you want to attribute it to Churchill or Shakespeare, “something about the outside of a horse is good for the inside of a man (or woman, or teenage girl, or small boy)”. My preference is Churchill, but that is largely due to a latent but lingering resentment of Shakespeare created by the vile Romeo and Juliet movie that was shown in schools for the last three generations. Tangent aside, sometimes, the four legged ones have an amazing sense of timing for their antics or basic snuggly-ness, and are just a great distraction.