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.
Today I got to be an honorary child and join in with the children’s gymkhana games.
We had a big group of children and kept swapping ponies. That meant that not only did I get to ride a lot of different ponies – which doesn’t happen often for me these days – but my own ponies got ridden by many different riders. The children were arguing over who got to ride them – I hadn’t realised they were quite so popular!
It was a fantastic education for them – it isn’t often that they get ridden by anybody else, let alone so many within the space of a couple of hours. Plus, naturally a gymkana involves a great many scary things like flags but they both just took them all in their stride. I was so proud of them!
Equitation goes a bit by the board in gymkana!
Cookster in particular did very well in the bucket elimination round – especially as he has not done it before. We got down to three buckets before we were knocked out and came second in the older group.
I also helped out with the younger children which for a gymkhana means lots of running up and down leading ponies. I haven’t run so far in ages!
This was also the first time in years that I have taken part in gymkana games with other people away from home. I had so much fun!