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3/27/2017 4:00:00 AM
Horsing around on spring break
The Times photoBetsy Reasonís daughter joys her first time horseback riding on a trail ride Saturday at Strawtown Koteewi Parkís K-Trails Equestrian Adventure.
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Betsy Reasonís daughter joys her first time horseback riding on a trail ride Saturday at Strawtown Koteewi Parkís K-Trails Equestrian Adventure.

By Betsy Reason

Today's the first official day of a two-week spring break for Noblesville Schools.

Since 3:25 p.m. Friday, we've already checked off a couple of activities from my fifth-grader's list of things to do.

Friday night, we volunteered as doors hosts for The Belfry Theatre's opening night of "The Foreigner."

Then, just as the curtain raised, we were off to an 11th birthday party, a Glow Night at Sky Zone Trampoline Park in Fishers. Blacklight, lasers and loud music transformed the indoor trampoline park into a jumping dance club for a mostly tween crowd.

Saturday, finding that the forecast for rain would hold off until evening, we put on our jeans and boots and headed for Hamilton County Parks' new Koteewi Stable & Trails at Strawtown Koteewi Park north of Noblesville.

Driving into Koteewi Park, we spotted a small herd of deer in the park pasture. I stopped the car to take photos as the deer jumped a fence and headed across the driveway and into the nearby woods. A beautiful sight.

At Koteewi Stable, we watched horseback riders coming in from the trail, led by Noblesville's John Stewart, operator of the park's new K-Trails Equestrian Adventure. Our group signed waivers and went into the Stable arena to learn horse basics and safety for the ride, picked up riding helmets and walked out to the barn lot to find out what horse had been hand-picked for each of us riders.

It was my daughter's first time to go horseback riding, other than the pony rides at the Indiana State Fair and Sandy, the mechanical pony at Meijer.

Her eyes lit up as she put her left foot in the stirrup of her horse, Scout, then swung her right leg over the horse to get comfortable in the saddle. All smiles, she sat high on her horse, getting familiar with the reigns. When all of the riders were saddled up, we rode the guided trail through the woods. When we returned to the barn, we watched 4-H horsemen feed the animals, then my daughter helped walk some of the horses out to the pasture. She was all smiles the whole time we were there. She didn't want to leave and is ready to go back and ride again.

Today, we are on to the next spring-break adventure. My daughter's list includes spending a visit to the Children's Museum, for the new Circus adventure; visiting Conner Prairie, which opens for the season on Tuesday; going to see the "The LEGO Batman Movie; bowling with her former teacher, Ginger Jimenez; and indoor rock climbing at Climb Time Indy. Also, visiting grandmas and grandpas, playing dolls, eating yogurt at Sweet Roo's and Menchie's frozen yogurt shops and ice cream at Alexander's on the Square and Dairy Queen, and sampling sushi. Of course, we have to squeeze spring cleaning into all of this fun.

Noblesville and Hamilton Heights Schools are on spring break through April 7; and Carmel-Clay, Hamilton Southeastern, Sheridan Community and Westfield Washington schools are on spring break March 31-April 7.

-Contact me at betsy@thetimes24-7.com.

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