The ponies being away for a few days doesn’t just give me a chance to use the school. We also get to explore some different hacking routes which is always a nice change.
The other day I arrived a bit late but I had been looking forward to my hack and the sun was still a little way off setting so I decided I could get out as long as I was super quick getting ready. I was soon on and we set off up the drive – me giving firm instructions that we would be walking nice and fast and trotting as much as possible.
At first Galahad was not impressed but before too long he decided it was quite fun after all. In fact, I’d wound him up so much that he didn’t really want to walk at all and thought that canter would be much more fun than trotting. He had a whale of a time!
I was not quite so convinced but it did the job – we got home before it was too dark!
The ponies are spending a couple of weeks with my riding instructor – partly so Galahad can have a bit of a trim and partly so we can get to our dressage competition in a fortnight.
Of course, I am taking full advantage of the facilities while they are there. They were collected on Friday afternoon and I went over straight after work to school Galahad. He hasn’t been ridden under lights for months – probably not since last winter – so he was a little tense at first and had to have a very good look at the darkness beyond the lights to make sure there were no hidden monsters.
I just worked him quietly round the school and before long we could ride on a loose rein with no problem.
We actually had a very good session. Galahad was working nicely, although he did tire a bit. He got pretty hot as well – definitely time for that clip.
I have written a lot recently about our hacks but I have been schooling Galahad as well.
We had a great session on Thursday – Galahad really felt like he was listening to me, was nicely forward going and seemed very willing. We did some work on turns on the forehand and they felt amazing. I had no eyes on the ground so I don’t know how they looked!
When we moved onto canter work I was even more pleased as Galahad struck off with the correct lead every time – I’m not sure that’s ever happened on the right rein before.
I finished up feeling very positive indeed and looking forward to more. Hopefully the ground will hold up for a while yet before we have to stop for the winter.
This week the ponies have actually been earning their keep.
Our lawn mower broke and the grass needed cutting. There is a shortage of hay in the UK this year so we have been trying to make the best use of the grass we can. Therefore, the ponies became living lawn mowers.
Of course, I couldn’t just leave them to get on with it as there is a drop at the edge of the grass and I had to make sure they didn’t try to jump down. Besides, I didn’t want them tearing up the lawn!
I had a lovely time sat out with a book and enjoying the ponies’ company. It is something I would thoroughly recommend, although I did get rather chilly!