We looked for a place for Lili to ride and found a stable in Molfetta, the next town over. The owners are the Minervini family and boy do they have an interesting story! The father Greorio lived in the States for ten years, and is famous for riding a horse, solo, for ninetynine consecutive days from the Mexican border to Washington state. (He said the Sonoma desert part was 'very difficult' - I can only imagine). His story has been written into a book, and it may be made into a movie as well!
Today was Lili's last riding lesson in Finland. We have had a great time at Alaspään Ratsastuskeskus in Hämeenlinna, whose owner Terhi has been very gracious in fitting Lili into their classes. Here are some images.
We visited the photographic museum in Stockholm. It is a great place to see both classic and contemporary photography.
Lili really enjoyed an exhibit of horses in photography and we also saw three horse films related to it. One was about a Swedish show jumper Peter Fredriksson and his horse All In. The film showed his training of the horse. The film was made before the Rio Olympics wher he went on to win the show jumping silver!
There was also an exhibit of photos by the iconic Irving Penn. What a feast for the eyes!
We went to the Louvre! Wow it is always a humbling experience, and frankly I have been putting it off in fear of big lineups. Last night we went for a stroll, and the museum was open till 9:30 pm which I did not know so it was a real lucky strike. No lineups at all, we walked in, got tickets, and went to say hello to La Gioconda, otherwise also known as Mona Lisa.
Out of all the things we have done in Andalucia, we will probably remember our time at Caballos y Vino the most. This is the home ranch of Sandra and Luis where Lili took her riding lessons - eight in all, consisting of six lessons and two long trail rides.
At the end of our month in Spain, Lili was able to freely canter on her own, ride a barrel race course at trot and canter and do several horse care chores all by herself. Her posture, confidence and joy of riding were all increased by leaps and bounds. And it was lovely for Sandra to have a student for a longer stretch as she often gets clients who only visit once or maybe twice.
We have also got to know Sandra's parents Alfred and Barbara who are visiting from Germany and for our last evening we had a dinner together. They are such lovely people. Alfred would normally putter around the ranch with handyman work such as fixing a car, regrouting the masonry, preparing the outdoor pool for the summer season or power washing the patio. Barbara and I would sit, chat and do handwork - I picked up crocheting and have made many little coasters and cotton flowers, some with beads.
Remember Galleta, the lovely mare Lili was riding in early March? We just got an email from Jehu with pictures of her newborn foal - so lovely.
Here is one more huge gift we received from volunteering at Sayulitanimals: we got to know a really great place where to ride horses - at Vista Paraiso with Pablo Braunschweig. People drive here all the way from Puerto Vallarta to take lessons.
It is a gorgeous riding school with many lovely horses, and a proper jumping ring. Karen rides here, and took us with her one day to see the place. It looks like we may end up having time for six lessons before we move on next week.
And here are some of our friends for inspiration:
In these pictures we are capturing some of our last days in Mismaloya. We had a great month there with lots of sun, pool and beach time, great home cooked meals (our suite had a good kitchen), and lots of new friends.
But first and foremost Mismaloya was about riding horses. Horses horses horses! Lili rode almost every day, and by the end of the month she was galloping at good speed coming home from the rides. She never gets tired of riding.
The cutest little foal was born yesterday at the horse ranch. The Mom is called Coqueta but the baby horse has no name yet. I think he should be called Equinox - born on March 21 and being equine. I actually thought that was a really brilliant name but Lili thinks it sounds dumb. She is now busy thinking of better names. And while she is at it I am not so sure it is our business to name this horse anyways...
But it sure is super cute and we had a lovely time visiting it this morning.
Horses carry their babies for eleven months, that is even longer than people. I never knew that. And when the foal is born, it learns to stand up in about an hour, and normally they can run in a few hours. I guess these were all indispensable qualities for wild horses on the go.
Lili also taught me some terminology: the baby horse is a foal - a male foal is a colt - and when it gets to one year old it is called a yearling.
Here we are in Mexico and one of the first things we did was go to see if the horses were still there and if Chava was still there to take people out riding. And the answer was yes to both! Our horse from last time (Mickey Mouse) has been sold, but there are lovely new horses for us to get to know.
Lili has taken riding on three days already - this is where the money from selling all those postcards is going.
-this post is entirely made by Lili-
hire in evergreen there are 9 horses named Flicka, Amber, honey, and chicku those are the 4 pony's .And opaline, kal-el, Kayla, Santiago, And Moksha the 5 horses.And there owners Sara and Matia hire are the horses my favorite is amber she is a small pony this is her bilou.