Emma Massingale Demo

On Friday evening I went out to see a demonstration by Emma Massingale.  I have been a fan of hers for several years now but had never managed to see a demo so I was very much looking forward to it – I bought the ticket way back in May!

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I had wanted to get a hot chocolate to keep myself warm but I only had five minutes to spare when I arrived and didn’t want to miss the beginning.  It was so cold though – it took me ages to warm up when I got home.

The demo was brilliant.  The bond Emma has with her ponies is wonderful to see and something I would love to achieve with my own ponies.  Not that Galahad and I don’t have a bond but it could be so much more.

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Emma worked with several ponies individually to show us their various stages of experience.  She reinforced something which really I already knew but which is easy to forget sometimes – it is much better to stop working on something once it has been successful than to keep repeating it because the first time might have been a fluke.  I can certainly be guilt of doing that sometimes.

She also said something which I found very interesting – she doesn’t want to be the herd leader because, although the other ponies do what the leader tells them, they don’t actually like him very much.  She had left her leader at home and the ponies she had brought didn’t really care.  Emma said she wants to be the ponies’ friend and that seems like a much better attitude to me.

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The work with the liberty team was great to watch too.  The way she can get the ponies to work together and then send one off to do something by himself is just incredible.

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I had such an enjoyable evening (despite the cold!) – if you get the chance to see one of Emma’s demos I would highly recommend it.

Beautiful Autumn

Today was very exciting for me – I wore my riding skirt out on a pony for the first time since last winter.

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I actually don’t wear it riding as much as I would like because I love to wear it as an ordinary skirt so much and it isn’t really sociable to wear it around town when it smells of horse!  Today though it was raining and I decided it was time to take it out.

We had a beautiful ride as all the leaves are turning and the countryside is a blaze of colour.  My sister and I turned a corner and it was like we came out into the light – we were surrounded by bright orange leaves.  It was absolutely stunning and we sat there for a good five minutes just drinking it all in.

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I love autumn!