My younger son, raised around horses from about the age of 2, is a hopeless city child. He tolerated the horses (with the comment of "they're YOUR horses" on occasion) and that was about it. The older one eats, sleeps, lives with them and is a wonderful hand esp with youngsters. Younger one now lives near Cleveland and has a 2 year old son of his own. Wife has lived in that area for her entire life and has extended family there and not a horse person. Got a call last evening with the news that the grandson is playing with flashcards with pictures of various animals...and last evening said "horse" for the first time and then laughed. There's hope that the "horse gene" has managed to survive another generation!!
Aww how exciting! I swear sometimes it skips a generation-- my grandpa was a horseman but none of his kids followed suit. Then I came along, and was obsessed from an early age!
My son has a habit of doing loops in our family room, going from my daughter's Breyers, to my stack of horse books, to the rocking horse. He's only 9 months so I can't read too much into it but oh man does it make me excited.....!!
We couldn't all be cowboys, so some of us are clowns.
I hope I get so lucky. I still have the pony that I bought for my son's 3rd birthday. My son is now 23. I joke with him - saying that he needs to hurry to give me grandchildren because his pony is not going to live forever. I know it's too early for my son to have kids, but I'd love to see my grandchildren ride Apache before he dies...
Did you buy the boy a pony yet? You know, for when he visits.
Bred one..actually two but lost one to rattlesnake bite last spring...blue eyed bay tobiano Paint. Other is a half brother to the one I lost...solid bay with just a star, now a 4 year old and only about 14.1 so will be just perfect size-wise. Will be starting under saddle this summer as well as harness. Smart, friendly colt (will visit vet as well) with good manners and kind attitude. This is gonna be fun!!