My sister and I recently took advantage of the weather to go for a little mini picnic ride. She was in charge so all I had to do was get my pony ready. She even carried the food!
We rode up the hill to a little patch of woodland. It is rather overgrown but that makes it all the more perfect for picnics – it is secret and seems suited to a fairy tale.
The ponies were very interested in the food and Cookster actually managed to find – and attempt to eat – an apple which should have been safe inside the bag. He made proper teethmarks in it! They were pretty cross not to be allowed the chocolate biscuits but were pleased with the apple cores!
Having eaten I could have quite happily settled down for a nap but of course Galahad couldn’t allow that! The view from the log was simply stunning though and I could have stayed there gazing at it for hours.
Two days ago, when I was calling the ponies in for their dinner, a gate got left open. It only led into another enclosed paddock so it wasn’t an issue and besides, they wanted their dinner. They wouldn’t be going away from the stables.
It turns out that fresh grass – greener than the stuff in their current field – is much more interesting than hay or even hard feed. Both ponies went straight out of the gate and were soon munching away happily. Sadly the excitement was a bit much for them so they also had to run around a bit. The thing is, there’s a reason they haven’t been allowed in before to eat all that lovely juicy grass.
It is on a pretty steep slope which is lovely in the summer but all the rain we have been having lately has made it just a tad slippery. The ponies are both fine – they are not exactly delicate creatures – but the ground got surprisingly cut up in five minutes. All gates will be kept firmly shut in future!