We have another new addition here at the farm. Meet "Spirit" or, as I like to refer to him "what the heck was I thinking?!" In all seriousness, he's a terrific pony for Claire who will be 3 in September. She has been helping feed him and clean his stall (with her pink wheelbarrow, of course) and she leads him to and from the field. She's riding him on the leadline now but keeps asking when she can jump.....sigh. So, in addition to the expense of buying all the new tack that goes with a pony - even though I have 4 of everything needed for his bigger counterparts in the barn - and one more beast to take care of around here when things are already busy enough; I'm pretty sure I'm gaining a few gray hairs every time she wants to do anything with him. He has incredible patience with her as she walks everywhere BUT straight to the barn when he comes in from the field or she spends 20 minutes learning to pick out his feet. He has given me no reason to be worried but it's much harder teaching my fearless daughter when I see all the things that could happen! I've apologized to my mom for putting up with watching me event all these years! Joking aside, who could regret buying a pony when it brings a little girl this big a smile!