You can definitely tell that winter is well on its way. For one thing, Galahad now frequently comes in from the field covered with mud and I have swapped from using a body brush to a dandy brush.
The fields are holding up pretty well so far but there is still enough mud to cover a pony!
Another sign is that Cookster is now wearing these stirrups.
My sister likes to ride in her wellies when the ground is muddy and these make it that bit safer to do so.
I on the other hand am still sticking faithfully to my jodhpur boots.
They might be falling apart and they definitely need replacing but until it gets cold or very wet I will be wearing them!
Didn’t it get cold suddenly! I was not at all prepared for that. Obviously I knew that cold weather was forecast but somehow that didn’t translate to, ‘Wear more clothes.’ It was rather chilly riding on Saturday!
Monday morning was absolutely beautiful. The ground was completely white with frost and the sun was beginning to think about coming up so the sky was turning pink. It was magical. I was rather cautious when riding though – once last winter we went up the hill and hit a patch of ice at the top. Poor Galahad had a proper Bambi moment and I definitely do not want to repeat that!
I am doing less work without stirrups this month than I had hoped simply because the field is too wet to school. What we have done has gone well though. Walking is no problem at all and trotting is fine as long as I remember to cross my stirrups. Galahad is not a fan of them dangling down and hitting him! My sister’s pony seems to find the whole thing fascinating; but then he has always been a fan of boots.
This has been a very exciting week for me. As Galahad is an Exmoor he needs very little stuff – no rugs or anything. This is a shame because I love buying horsey things. However, since we have started going to a couple of shows it seems like an excellent excuse to do some shopping! Hence – Galahad’s first boots.
Sorry the video is rather short, my camera ran out of battery. He was surprisingly unfazed by them. I also bought him a tail bandage. Unfortunately I needed it at rather short notice for our show last week and the only colour left was bright pink:
In the end it didn’t come in time and I did consider returning it in favour of a blue or green one but as I would have to pay the return postage which would be more than the cost of the thing itself it didn’t seem worth it. Galahad is going to be one snazzy pony!
In other news, we are able to gallop on our neighbour’s fields again, hurrah! We have a lovely wide path to play with, although Galahad still thinks that sometimes it is fun to swerve into the long stuff. My boots get filled up with grass seeds!