On Wednesday I was racing the light to get a ride in before it got dark. I was so short of time that I didn’t even bother to change my boots or put on my gloves.
I was cutting it very fine light-wise but we just about made it home before it got too dark to be safe, for which I was very grateful. I’m not sure Galahad knew what had hit him though – he’s never been hurried along quite so much.
I had such a great time – as I was not worried about changing into all the right clothes, I was very relaxed. I felt like a child again just having fun with my pony. It was wonderful and I would recommend it to anyone.
As it has been so warm here recently I am finding that I am riding late in the evening more and more often. It is just more comfortable – for both me and the ponies. I have been enjoying it more than I thought I would and it is not just being cooler. I also get to enjoy beautiful sights like this.
The picture makes it look like I am riding in the dark but I promise I am not! When my camera is not pointed directly at the sunset things look more like this which is much more reasonable.
The schooling itself has been going pretty well too. Galahad is a little stiff to the right and I have to work hard to get the correct canter lead on the right rein but otherwise I am very pleased and having a lot of fun.
One of the most exciting (to me) things to happen this winter has been the addition of a new light in the yard.
Until now we have just had the lights in the stables and the tack room so although the yard hasn’t been pitch black it has been pretty murky. It is wonderful to be able to see!
Even better, the light has a remote control switch so I can turn it on before I am even in the yard. Which means I can see to open the gate. Technology is amazing!
Look what we now have enough light for before I go to work!
It has been wonderful to be able to ride every day. No one else is about so it is just me and the pony. Plus a lot of birds singing. It is the best start to the day! We probably haven’t been riding for quite as long as normal but that is no fault of the light – I am just struggling to adjust to the earlier mornings. They are so worth it though. We have enjoyed several misty hacks and have seen some pretty dramatic clouds forming.
Luckily we haven’t got too wet though! We have however made friends with this year’s crop of lambs.
At any rate, we looked at them and they looked back. I’m pretty sure that counts!
I really need to get a move on in the evenings. I mentioned that a week or two ago but it has suddenly got more urgent. Term has just restarted which means that a) I have less evenings free when I can ride and b) If I am free my sister isn’t so I have two ponies to deal with. I don’t get home until just after seven and if I let myself get distracted – as I did last night – it can be eight o’clock before I am in the saddle. It doesn’t help when I bring Galahad in from the field looking like this.
Horses always know when you are in a hurry!
I had to cut the riding a bit short but both ponies had a good session. They were listening from the start which was most welcome given the time constraints. It was pretty dark by the time we finished, although not as dark as the picture suggests – I only had my phone on me and it couldn’t cope with the bright sky and darker landscape.
Today I did much better and was onto the second pony before eight. The good news is that it is still light enough to hack out both of them. In general I prefer to school one and hack the other which is better from a light point of view too – less light is needed for schooling than hacking! Today though I had two lovely evening hacks which ended my day perfectly.
What a difference a day makes!