This morning dawned beautifully foggy but once it cleared it was a simply glorious day so Galahad and I went exploring.
We couldn’t get along a lane which was blocked with a van but had permission to ride in some new fields which was very exciting – we don’t often have new places to ride. These fields are incredibly steep but are shelved, making handy tracks to ride along. They can be a bit unnerving though – I was very aware that one spook could send us down the hillside.
Nevertheless, we were having a lovely time. It was wonderful to be out hacking again after a long week at work and we were very much enjoying ourselves in the sunshine. Then this happened.
I somehow failed to duck properly under the tree and a branch caught me round the face. I genuinely thought I was going to be pulled off backwards – I stayed on but I have some very impressive scratches which look rather like cat whiskers. They are just a bit sore too!
Things got even more exciting on our way home. I stupidly let go of Galahad when I was closing the gate back onto our land – it’s an awkward gate which needs two hands. Galahad thought it would be a great idea to canter home and caused great consternation when he arrived with reins and stirrups flying but no rider.
All in all, it was a lovely ride but I was quite glad to be home!