<a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaworskihouse/4008054749/” title=”Spring Down portrait, by jaworskihouse”><img src=”http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2662/4008054749_5293d8799c.jpg” width=”334″ height=”500″ alt=”Spring Down 2009″ /></a><br />n<br />nThis past Sunday, Penny and I attended an <a href=”http://www.ymca.net/adventureguides/” title=”adventure guides”>Adventure Guides</a> event at <a href=”http://www.springdown.com/” title=”spring down equestrian center”>Spring Down Equestrian Center</a>. At this event, Penny had the opportunity to ride a horse around a covered arena while getting a bit of instruction from a handler. She also got to have a group lesson in grooming a horse as well as putting the tack on.<br />n<br />nWe also got a tour of the facility, which has been around in Portola Valley for a lot of years. The owner of the place gave the tour, where she showcased some of her more interesting animals and explained that the main purpose of the place was to teach horsemanship. Though she boarders a few horses for people, that’s not the main point of the stables.<br />n<br />nAt the end of the three hours, we went back to the truck, dropped the tailgate, and had ourselves a very nice, father/daughter picnic.<br />n<br />nWe had a great time, glad we signed up for it, and we’re looking forward to the campout in November.