Today I was meant to be show jumping with the riding club but Storm Ciara meant that it was understandably postponed and I had an unexpected day at home.
I have spent much of the day cosied up indoors – there’s nothing quite like a log fire and a book when the storm is raging. However, I did manage to venture outside for a hack.
I rode out in the morning when the weather wasn’t too bad. There was of course constant rain – at times we couldn’t even see to the other side of the valley – and it was blowing a gale but actually it was quite exhilarating.
The ponies didn’t think so. I thought they would be completely wound up but in fact they were pretty sluggish today and moped along with their heads lowered. Not that I could really blame them – I’m sure they would have much preferred to be tucked up in the stables!
I pride myself on not being a fair weather rider but the weather on Wednesday was a bit much even for me.
Sorry about the video orientation!
I had been planning to film my next online dressage test for BHS Somerset but I definitely was not going to film in that. It’s not like we would do a good test in those conditions anyway.
I gave up for the day, turned out the ponies and went indoors for a cup of tea. Of course, within ten minutes the rain had stopped and the sky had cleared. I decided it was still too dark to film, plus the field was probably pretty slippery, but there was no reason why we shouldn’t go out for a hack.
Galahad had other ideas though – I had turned him out and he had no intention of coming back in again! It took me at least five minutes to catch him but I managed it and we went out for a lovely ride splashing through the puddles.
It turned into a beautiful evening!