It only got better.
The first lesson was really all about teaching the kids to be around horses. They learned how to walk around a horse, and use some of the basic tools. I should note that the girls usually don't dress alike, but they wanted to on this day, so the code for these photos is braids for Abigail, straight ponytails for Mae.
They learned how to brush a clean horse (brushing a dirty one is an entirely different lesson!).
They learned how to handle a horse's foot and clean them.
They also "squirreled" on the horse, sitting on her bare back and moving around, gaining confidence in sitting on top of this large animal.
Although a little timid at first, the girls loosened up and enjoyed themselves.