The Open Road

I have written several times about fighting my way up the lane when it gets overgrown – it’s incredible how fast everything can grow in the summer!  For a few weeks it got so overgrown that Galahad and I could not force our way through at all.

However, my parents have recently been doing a lot of work outside and also got a man in to help with cutting the undergrowth in the lane and scraping the surface back to its original stone level.  There is even a new gate at the top so I don’t have to get off to move the hurdle any more.  Such a luxury.

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It is all looking a lot better, if still a little muddy.  The grass will grow though and I already have access to the longer rides we have been missing (and an indoor school just up the road!).  We have a lot to look forward to.

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Intrepid Explorers

As happens most years, this week I went up the lane from our house for the first time in a couple of weeks and poor Galahad had to fight his way through a wall of greenery.

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I’m sure it’s worse this year than it has been before – probably thanks to the rain we have had over the past few weeks.  The picture doesn’t quite do it justice as I took it on the return trip after we had already trampled it down once.

It’s amazing how quickly it gets overgrown – nature rally is powerful.  Galahad was also extremely impressive in the way he just ploughed through it all – I wouldn’t have enjoyed it much on foot!  As it was I got badly stung by all the nettles.  We managed to bring a fair bit of it with us too.

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It was pretty dark under the trees, hence the rather blurry picture.

It was an exciting adventure but I must remember to keep using all our routes regularly if I don’t want to get stuck!

Summer Grazing

As the heat wave has killed off so much of the grass, we are having to get inventive in the ponies’ turnout.  Not that they need too much to eat – they are practically bred to live on air!  They do need something though and we have been making the most of the land.

There is a lane leading up over the stream which is very overgrown and muddy – you wouldn’t get a car along it.  I have written before about riding up it but now the ponies are eating it.

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It is actually very useful as they trample the undergrowth as well as eating it so hopefully it will be a bit clearer next time we ride!

Jungle Pony

One of our hacking routes takes us up a very overgrown lane.  Galahad used to object strongly to walking up it but now he amazes me by the way he so willingly walks through a wall of greenery.

He normally comes out the far side rather well decorated. I haven’t managed to get a great picture but he does tend to look very pretty!

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It is definitely worth fighting our way through though – we get to go much further afield this way and the views are stunning.

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We have been having some lovely hacks, meandering through the countryside. It is too hot to do anything too strenuous but we are enjoying exploring nonetheless. I think Galahad enjoys his baths afterwards too!