Percy Warner’s son-in-law, Luke Lea, donated the park’s original 868 acres to the city of Nashville, with the stipulation that the park bear Percy’s name. Luke Lea, founder of the newspaper, The Tennessean, served as an U.S. senator and as a colonel in the 114th Field Artillery in WWI. Consequently, there’s a vaguely patriotic feel to the park’s main entrance. Under the American flag flies a white flag with the words “We honor those who serve,” and just a few yards away, there’s a monument to honor the men of the First Tennessee Infantry lost in WWI.
I faced and began healing a new set of emotional wounds, found the courage to open my heart and visited with ghosts corporeal and noncorporeal from a childhood long past.
Then came the “it’s Him” moment. We had made it to the top of a hill where there was a cell phone tower and building surrounded by chain link fencing. On the outside of this facility, there was a cement water trough with fresh water. Our trainer and the other rider had gotten their first and their horses were quietly drinking. Romeo came up from the side and put his whole face into the water then started splashing the other horses! Both of them jumped back as if to say “Hey, he’s splashing me!” Romeo continued to splash and play in the water, I’m not sure that he drank any.
When I was teaching young people to ride in the 90s. It was a requirement that they have at least a Parker Trail Bridle. I did not have to worry if the halter was at the trailer or it the headstall was left at home in the rush to load the horse. The bridle was there. The bit and reins were the easy part, they were in the saddle bags. When we got to a spot for lunch or a swim on the Buffalo River, a lead was snapped to the halter ring, bits were unsnapped and tied to the saddle horn. Very easy solution to a worrisome problem.
Horseback riding surprisingly doesn’t necessarily have to be an expensive recreation. Consider Ellenwood equestrian Center. Just 13 miles from Atlanta and I-285, the center offers riding lessons for only per hour. It also engages the children in summer camp from ages 6-16. This could be a great way to add a little variety to the kids vacation. Are you tired of gathering at the same ole party venue? If you are planning family gatherings or a party for your young ones, Ellenwood equestrian Center would be delighted to accommodate you.
Some horse camps supply small water bottles but you’re better off purchasing a large insulated thermos. Dehydration is of great concern, especially if your child will be working with the horses all day. Mucking stalls, cleaning tack, throwing hay and tossing feed will serve to dehydrate your child quickly if she doesn’t drink enough. Before she leaves, talk about the importance of drinking lots of water and make sure the counselors encourage their campers to drink.
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