The ponies are away for a couple of weeks again as we join in with my riding instructor’s horses for visits from the dentist and the back lady. They saw the dentist on Thursday and were apparently very well behaved – I was at work so couldn’t be there.
It is very strange not having them at home. Yesterday I had lessons on both of them in the morning and when I came home I didn’t know what to do with myself. Normally if I have been out in the morning I come home and ride the ponies. Yesterday I didn’t even have any mucking out to do! It was most odd but I managed to occupy myself by watching the livestreams of Royal Windsor Horse Show and the Event Rider Masters at Chatsworth. I just about had enough wifi signal to watch under the apple tree in the garden. It was lovely!
Galahad’s lesson went very well. He felt a little stiff to start with but did loosen up and felt much better by the end. I had a bit of trouble getting the correct canter lead on the right rein though. A lot of that was due to him having a good look at things going on outside the school and bending the wrong way.
We had a great jumping session as well. We began at about two foot which is probably the highest he has jumped to start – normally we work up from much smaller jumps. We jumped all the scary jumps without a single run out and even went straight over the barrel, although Galahad had a good look at it first! The first time we had a guide pole up at the side to help us but in our second round it was gone and we still sailed over. We finished with a fairly substantial spread which Galahad flew over. He is getting stretched a little more every time we go out but is taking it all in his stride. Clever pony!