We had a very exciting time on our ride this morning. We got to the top of the hill to find two things with long necks peering over the fence at us – a pair of alpacas! Galahad did not have a clue what they were and wasn’t at all sure that he wanted to stick around to find out. He spun around but didn’t actually run away and I persuaded him to turn back to have a proper look. He decided that they might be okay but I didn’t manage to take a photograph because by the time he had settled enough the alpacas were running away themselves.
The weather has also been rather exciting. Very windy this morning with sudden heavy showers of freezing cold rain. Galahad was not too impressed that I wanted to keep going when the rain started. We did have fun paddling in the puddles though – at least, I did! I do love the wind too – there is something about it which makes it very exciting.
So far this week it has rained. A lot. There is no chance of schooling or anything else in the field at the moment – it is far too slippery. We are doing a lot of hacking. Which is lovely, plus it has to be hillwork here so Galahad should be keeping nice and fit at least.
We are also getting the opportunity to perfect our puddle splashing technique. Galahad has never been overly fond of puddles and will normally bend every which way to avoid them. It is funny though – he will happily walk through a stream. Most of the time.
‘Are you sure this is safe?’
The nights are definitely drawing in. My summertime routine of coming home, having a cup of tea and a chat, wandering out to ride the pony(ies) and still having plenty of light afterwards is not really feasible any more. On the bright side the stable looks ever so cosy with the light on.
Also, having to rush the riding a little bit has meant I have finally strung up Galahad’s rosettes. Such a proud moment!