I thought that the downpour a couple of weeks ago had put paid to any schooling for the rest of the winter. The fields were certainly very soggy afterwards. Since then though we have had two dry, frosty weeks which have done wonders for the ground.
The going is almost perfect now. Perhaps a little on the soft side but it is lovely to ride on and we had a good schooling session. Galahad behaved very well and was actually working quite nicely.
The puppy normally comes out with me when I do the ponies and she is now old enough for me to leave her to potter about whilst I school. I tie her up with a long line outside the field and keep half an eye on her. It is wonderful to be able to do so.
The ponies have been continuing their education in meeting new people. My Uncle came to lunch recently and he was a brand new person they had never met before. Galahad wasn’t too sure about him but didn’t actually shy which is an improvement.
The puppy is also assisting in their education – and being educated herself. They have met plenty of times before but it was new for them to meet when I was riding.
Neither of them were particularly bothered so it was a good lesson!
I love riding. I really do – even just spending time with the ponies is very theraputic for me.
Even so, there are times when I just do not want to ride. They don’t come around often and I feel terrible when they do. There is always a good reason for my reluctance but I still feel incredibly guilty for shirking a responsibility.
This weekend I rode Galahad early on Saturday morning, then had a full day of orchestra rehearsals followed by a concert in the evening. On Sunday I was busy with choir rehearsals and had a concert in the late afternoon. I didn’t ride that morning as I had time to ride both ponies when I got home. However, by the time I did get home I was exhausted and had a headache. I just did not feel like riding. I did get changed but I was persuaded to give it a miss. It was probably for the best as I was practically falling asleep anyway!
Sometimes one just has to accept that it is okay to have a rest. Nobody is going to think that I am going off riding if I miss one day. The ponies will be there tomorrow and they won’t mind not being ridden as long as they have food and water.
Of course, I still went out to see them which made me feel a lot better. I also have this one helping me so things are not all bad!
The grass has definitely been growing recently! It really became noticeable whilst the ponies were away just because there was nothing eating it. Now they are back it has been getting back under control, although we have obviously had to keep an eye on their waistlines.
However, we get quite a lot of docks in the field which the ponies do not eat and which can make it difficult to school as we have to weave between the plants. The rain lately made it impossible to get a tractor in to cut them but we have had enough of a dry spell to get the field topped this week. It has made a huge difference and the field is now looking beautiful.
I didn’t get any pictures of the actual topping as we were busy introducing the puppy to the noise of the tractor. She kept an eye on it but was really much more interested in playing with a flowerpot!
We have a new member of the family.
Molly is a collie spaniel cross and is nine weeks old. We picked her up at the weekend and in the few days she has been here she has really blossomed and become a proper person. Quite a cheeky person but utterly adorable.
The cat is not so sure and is remaining aloof.
She is quite restricted at the moment while she waits for her second set of vaccinations but she has been to meet the ponies. She thought they were very large and a bit scary. They thought she was very small and a bit scary!
She is settling in well and I am looking forward to having a lot of fun with her.