As most of you know, I went to mum’s friend’s horses today. She picked me up around 2:30 and we drove up. Her daughter, who is a few years younger than me had gone to get lovely Katie who I rode last time.
We brushed the horses we were going to ride, I on Katie, mum’s friend’s daughter, N on Amber the little grey and her friend C on Maverick the handsome, 17.2 HH of a handsomeness.
We brushed, saddled and bridled up and went to mount. I followed C and N came behind us.
We rode off the lane and up on some busy ropes. Not once did I feel unsafe and I think a lot of it was because of the confidence I’ve built up with my riding school and the amount of road work we do. No one was on the ground today, I was on my own as I have been on rare occasions but Katie bless her took good care of me.
It was beautifully sunny and I languished in the summer sun whilst riding along on the back of a lovely horse like Katie. She has a significant bounce which I noticed more while in the saddle today. By the way, their saddles are awesome. They have saddle savers, I believe N called them that act as a cushion for your bum. Love it!
The little grey wanted to overtake so she went in front of me but Katie kept trying to get back in front, but she listened to me and half halts worked so well. This horse is so lovely and sweet and so honest, love her.
After a good ride, we got back and I was told to stay on Katie and I could ride her back to her field so I could get a canter in. I was really grateful for that.
We rode up to the field up a winding lane, the girls walking in front of us. I didn’t find it hard to follow them on horse back or walking at any time. We got to the field and I squeezed and Katie went into a lovely canter, I tried to do my two point seat but sat down to the canter as it’s so lovely anyway.
I dismounted and untacked her. She got her feed bucket and was taken back to her friends in the top field. She had been such a good girl.
We went back to the lower paddock and stables where some of the injured horses and a little greedy grey pony are staying at the minute. Maverick has a wound on his leg but is walking fine, they’re just waiting for the hair to grow over before he can go back into the field with the others. Then Bonnie, a new horse of theirs who came to them in somewhat of a state has a poorly foot at the minute so she’s down there too on a bit of rest. I watched them wash her foot that was sore today and what a good girl she was.
I helped fill a ton of hay nets and carry them to the horses in the stable paddock, got a few cuddles and photos and hung by the car chatting to the girls before coming home. Time flew and it was such a beautiful day! I was so thankful for the ride out and then a canter across the field on lovely Katie.
They seem happier every time I go up and it helps they know my RSO and RI as they already have heard some of my adventures. It’s making me more confident as a rider and enjoying it. That canter would have been impossible for me to sit to a few months ago but I truly enjoyed it. Can’t wait for more adventures. I love helping out where I can and I gave mum’s friend a bit of money as I know it’s a lovely thing she’s doing letting me ride her horse.
Katie is a sweetie as are the others, and no one is panicking too much, well if they are, they’re hiding it very well.
A pleasurable day. And tomorrow it’s gymkhana at my riding school. So going up with Bails to watch.
Hope everyone else has had a lovely weekend with their horses.
Here are a few pics I and one of the girls took for me today.