I have written several times about fighting my way up the lane when it gets overgrown – it’s incredible how fast everything can grow in the summer! For a few weeks it got so overgrown that Galahad and I could not force our way through at all.
However, my parents have recently been doing a lot of work outside and also got a man in to help with cutting the undergrowth in the lane and scraping the surface back to its original stone level. There is even a new gate at the top so I don’t have to get off to move the hurdle any more. Such a luxury.
It is all looking a lot better, if still a little muddy. The grass will grow though and I already have access to the longer rides we have been missing (and an indoor school just up the road!). We have a lot to look forward to.
Yesterday Galahad and I went for a hack along our most overgrown route. Given the trouble I had to get him to walk through the brambles last time I decided to just lead him from the start. The trouble was that the stream was a bit swollen by the recent rain.
Galahad was not impressed and categorically refused to be led through. I had to get back on and ride him – apparently that was no problem at all!
I did have to get back off again to navigate the brambles but after that we had a lovely ride. I had got rather wet riding Cookster but it cleared up nicely for Galahad and I. Definitely worth the hassle!
Galahad and I recently went for a hack along a route we don’t take very often. You could definitely tell!
It was so overgrown that Galahad refused to let me ride through it and I had to lead him. He looked very fetching afterwards!
We had a lovely ride though. It was a beautiful day and there was very little traffic.
We got to meet our new neighbours too which was good. They have moved into a house which has had empty stables for years. It was great to see horses there again!
Galahad’s tail is usually pretty pathetic. He has a gorgeous, thick mane and forelock but his tail – despite being long – is also normally very thin and weedy.
It does improve slowly over time and then disappears again, so much so that people actually ask what I have done to it. The answer is nothing but I think this could be said to be the culprit.
Galahad spends a lot of time in fields enclosed by hedges and he likes to eat things from the hedge. Clearly this means his tail has to be punished!