I am not riding as much as normal at the moment – work is still a bit strange and stressful and when I get home all I really want to do is collapse in a heap. I am therefore mostly riding on my days off. I am hopeful that will change soon but for the moment that is how I am coping.
However, when I do ride I am so grateful that I can. There is nothing quite like taking Galahad out for a hack to make me relax and calm down a bit. We are not going as far as we might otherwise have done but it is so peaceful poddling along the lanes. Ponies really are the best kind of therapy.
After my very exciting hack with Cookster last week, this week has been a lot more relaxed.
In fact, I haven’t been able to ride all that much as I have been having to work extra hours. I have managed to get out a few times but the ponies have also been spending a lot of time in the field. Not that they mind that at all!
We had a lot of rain last weekend but for the past few days we have been back to glorious sunshine. It has been perfect for riding and when I have managed a hack I have very much appreciated that!
There is nothing quite like a gentle hack to make one feel happier and relaxed. I would recommend it to anyone.
One of my favourite things about autumn is the time I spend with the ponies in the evening. There is something very relaxing about going out in the dark to talk to them. I know I have complained about the lack of riding now it is darker in the evenings but it is really just as nice just being with them without the pressure of trying to actually achieve something. I always come in feeling completely calm and happy.
After a stressful day there is nothing better than a pony hug to make it all better. Galahad is particularly good for hugging – he will stand patiently for ages while I tell him my troubles. Except on those odd days when apparently I am the scariest thing he has ever seen.
Cookster on the other hand has no time for hugging. He comes up to see me but without any food he very quickly gets bored and goes back to munching grass. He is a proper stereotypical pony!