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!

12 thoughts on “Adventuring

  1. Haha I know that moment where you let go and then realise “Oh for God’s sake.. just leave him he’ll make his way home he’s good” People appearing wondering why this tacked up horse went out hacking seemingly without a rider.

    I always stressed to my daughter when she was leading our old horse in or out of the field never to try fighting or keeping hold if he decided to do one and go on ahead without her. Razz was a 16hh Appaloosa x and endurance champ so packed a lot of power anyway but my daughter is about 5ft sod all and six stone wet through.

    Murder sometimes especially when one of his best friends was already turned out and he could hear him whinnying like a nutter half a mile down the lane. Too impatient and if he picked up a trot and gained enough momentum you had no chance.

    Let him go he’s fine… just wander down to get that halter and rope off but don’t try to keep hold and have him drag you behind like a John Wayne stunt double.

    The hitting your head on a branch is another one I know as well. Surprising what damage they can do on the quiet. It didn’t seem to faze Galahad much too which is good.

    Looked a gorgeous ride though you should take more footage of your wanders especially in winter. Go off in search of apples and berries and yummy treats along the way too 🙂

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    • Wow he sounds like quite a handful! I was actually really proud of Galahad – it’s not all that long ago that he would have completely panicked if I so much as moved in the saddle so the fact that he just kept calmly walking forward is a huge achievement for us. Of course, if he’d stopped and stood still it might have been less painful!

      It is a beautiful place to ride. The berries are all gone now but I do very much enjoy taking the ponies blackberrying in the autumn.

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      • He is and yet he isn’t a handful if that makes sense. Very big strong horse but never overbearing or too much that he would harm or hurt you in anyway. With Razz it’s always about confidence and how you handle and approach things really.

        He’s very “This is what I want to do now. You can come with me if you like or not – your choice however I am going to go do this”

        He knows who to act up with and when to choose his moments though never in busy traffic and never with a young and inexperienced rider he’s very astute and switched on like that. Mostly in and out of the fields.

        If he’s last to be turned out and had time to get a bit excited and seen his friends going out before him he could be impatient. If his best friend was already out and whinnying loudly he could start to pick up speed and you needed to be firm and bring him tightly in with “Hey hey hey”

        My daughter doesn’t have the same confidence or assertiveness though so if he picks up speed she’s prone to panic and start picking up her speed too which he’ll always win so I tell her to let him go

        Had a nightmare at one yard we moved to briefly which was a weird setup with awful people and we had to get through three lots of electric fence to get in and out. We hated it and were hated because everyone’s horses had their own patch of field and they didn’t want anyone else’s horses in there with them

        Mine are sociable and used to being turfed out together in one field so having these two yobs ducking and jumping fences to go where they liked didn’t go down well.

        Bearing in mind he was an endurance horse and could clear 5ft gates from a standing start, a single line of fence wasn’t a problem anyway but Razz didn’t like the sound of the hums and clicks from it so rather than have to stand whilst we negotiated three lots he’d sometimes just “Nah.. I’ll run and jump the lot it’s quicker and you can catch up”

        When he had his mind set on just jumping that fence you couldn’t stop him for love nor money so I literally let him go and yelled a “Watch your back!!” so the others knew he was incoming.

        Bet they had a full blown street party the day we moved off.


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      • I love how they know who needs looking after. I’ve known some very naughty, bucking ponies who behaved beautifully if a beginner was riding them. One pony could tell my sister did not really want to jump so refused everything with her – that wasn’t actually entirely helpful though!

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