I am so happy my husband and I decided to move away from the city and to a rural town in Eastern CT. Besides all the wonderful things available to families in the area, I have to say my favorite part of living in CT is where we live. We are situated among rolling fields and behind our house through the woods is a horse farm. When the girls were little, my husband and I would scroll them up to see the horses. And, as they got older, they moved on to traveling up the hill to see the horses in a wagon, then by feet and now they sometimes venture on their bikes. This has become a weekly ritual for us to visit with the horses and bring them apples and carrots. And, on days that is too hot or about to rain, we will hop in the car and drive up there, just to say "hello." As soon as we stop near the fence and roll down the car window, you can hear the girls calling from the backseat, "Hi Shelby" and Shelby will walk from her stall over to the fence to greet the girls. It is so sweet. Here is a picture I took last year of the girls visiting with their horse friends, that has become my background for my phone and computer.
The girls were smiling and so happy, and this is the case each and every time they visit with the horses. They are hoping that when they get a little bigger that they will be able to take riding lessons up the hill and finally get to ride Shelby or one of the other beautiful horses that live on the farm. But, in the meantime they are content with making the trek up the hill to bring treats, or playing at home together or with friends with their new Horse Club products we were recently sent from the folks at Schleich.
"Schleich is one of Germany’s largest toy manufacturers, providing 80 years of hand painted, highly detailed, playworlds and figurines to stimulate children’s minds and encourage imaginative play."
Here is a cute unveiling video I took of the girls. I didn't tell them what was in the box, as I wanted to get their full reaction of taking out the goodies in the box.
The girls received the following Horse Club toys to review and share their thoughts on....
Horse feeding playset – "The Trakehner foal loves fresh carrots and whenever his friend comes to see him in his stable with a tasty treat, he’s so happy and excited that he paws the ground with his hooves! $24.99, Ages 5-12."
Horse care set, Frisian - "Our Friese loves it when he gets a few of his favorite treats before riding. Frisians are almost all completely black.Friesian horses need especially attentive care because of their long mane. Whenever it is really cold outside, you can give it its thermal blanket. Then it feels especially good and does not get ill. $12.99, Ages 5-12"
After I took this video, the girls tore into the packages and started to line up the toys. And, for the next few hours they were like two peas in a pod, crawling all over the floor playing with their new Horse Club toys from Schleich. What I loved most, besides the girls playing together without fighting is how these toys got their imaginations going. They pretended that one of the horses was injured and needed to see the vet. Another time they were introducing one of the horses to the other as if it was new to the stable. I could go on and on about the stories I heard the girls making up and playing out with their toys. But, instead, here are some photos I took of the girls having fun and really getting them excited about horses, while stimulating their imaginations.
Since receiving these toys and playset from Schleich, the dining table has become a welcoming area for the horses in the AM when the girls sit for breakfast. Then, throughout the day they will tote around their horses, or pull out all their horse stuff and play on the floor together. And, when we have to run errands, the girls are quick to grab their horse friends to bring along for the ride.
They have already asked me to add this toy collection to their wish lists for Santa, as they want to grow their horse farm and have a huge assortment of horse playsets and accessories to play with. They both their own Pick up with Horse Box to drive their horses to shows and competitions in. :-)
Does your child or grandchild like horses? Or, are you looking for a toy that will not only be fun, but also stimulate their imaginations, and be a toy they pick up and play with time and time again? Then, you will want to check out the Horse Club from Schleich. For such an amazing toy line -- just look at the detail of the horses and playset accessories....
...you will not break the bank in purchasing one of more pieces for your child. The folks at Schleich have added 18 new products including figurines, playsets and accessories to its Horse Club collection (Available: now and Fall 2016), which are geared towards children ages 5-12 years old. Prices range from $3.29-99.99.
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