Galloping Again

Yesterday my sister and I went for a ride through the fields together.  Galahad was again very well behaved but with a little more energy – he was perhaps a bit too slow last time!

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This time we had a proper gallop but it was planned and definitely not just Galahad taking off.   He did spook once but we think my sister touched him accidentally with her whip.  It’s excusable to spook at that!

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We had a lovely ride.  The weather was perfect and the ponies were well behaved.  What could be better?

 

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Dressage Progress

Galahad and I recently did another online dressage test.   Recording it was fun – the first day I tried it absolutely poured down with rain and there was no way I could record in that!

The next time we tried my Dad – who was filming – was half hidden in shadow so Galahad felt the need to spook every time he went near him.  That was no good either.

Eventually I managed to get a decent test two days before the closing date.  Galahad was a bit more forward than last time – although there is still room for improvement  – and was only slightly spooky.

He is still a bit stiff on the right rein but he actually feels much better than he used to and I am very pleased with his progress.

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Our score sheet arrived last week and although we did not get a rosette this time our score showed some improvement which I would class as a success.

Fording the Torrent

Yesterday Galahad and I went for a hack along our most overgrown route.  Given the trouble I had to get him to walk through the brambles last time I decided to just lead him from the start.  The trouble was that the stream was a bit swollen by the recent rain.

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Galahad was not impressed and categorically refused to be led through.  I had to get back on and ride him – apparently that was no problem at all!

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I did have to get back off again to navigate the brambles but after that we had a lovely ride.  I had got rather wet riding Cookster but it cleared up nicely for Galahad and I.  Definitely worth the hassle!

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Sedate Excursions

Although we have had a fair bit of rain recently it is still possible to canter in my neighbour’s fields without risking slipping over.  On Sunday my sister and I went for a lovely lazy hack and took full advantage of the not too slippy fields.

Some of the electricity poles have recently been replaced so the gateways were hideously churned up but the fields themselves were fine so we had a great time.

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Both ponies behaved very well – Galahad was possibly the most sedate I have ever known him to be in the field.  Hopefully the lesson is getting through and we will have no more taking off!

It did start to rain while we were out but it was that very fine rain which is practically just mist.  Very atmospheric and nice and refreshing!

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Winter is Coming

You can definitely tell that winter is well on its way.  For one thing, Galahad now frequently comes in from the field covered with mud and I have swapped from using a body brush to a dandy brush.

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The fields are holding up pretty well so far but there is still enough mud to cover a pony!

Another sign is that Cookster is now wearing these stirrups.

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My sister likes to ride in her wellies when the ground is muddy and these make it that bit safer to do so.

I on the other hand am still sticking faithfully to my jodhpur boots.

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They might be falling apart and they definitely need replacing but until it gets cold or very wet I will be wearing them!

A Peaceful Wednesday

It may have been a busy week but today was my day off and I managed to spend it doing not a lot.

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I did ride the ponies though and we had a lovely time pottering about the lanes. Autumn is most definitely here now but I enjoyed spotting all the signs of summer that are still hanging on.

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There was even still some honeysuckle left in the hedge but it did not photograph well!

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I brought the post back down to the house with us and delivered it through the window.  Galahad was not at all sure about that but he was happy enough to get a polo!

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A Tiring Week

Not a lot from me today as this week has been pretty busy and somewhat stressful.  For one thing, our kitchen was flooded by a tap left running!

I have spent today running a stall at a book fair.  I had a great time but it has been a long day and I am pretty tired now.

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I did pick up Christine Pullein-Thompson’s autograph though.  It has been a pretty good day!

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Jungle Riding

Galahad and I recently went for a hack along a route we don’t take very often.  You could definitely tell!

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It was so overgrown that Galahad refused to let me ride through it and I had to lead him.  He looked very fetching afterwards!

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We had a lovely ride though.  It was a beautiful day and there was very little traffic.

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We got to meet our new neighbours too which was good.  They have moved into a house which has had empty stables for years.  It was great to see horses there again!

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Rain Stops Play!

I pride myself on not being a fair weather rider but the weather on Wednesday was a bit much even for me.

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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.

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It turned into a beautiful evening!

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Cloud spotting

One of the many good things about riding is the opportunity it gives to watch the nature around us.  I always love looking at the animals we see – things we would probably miss if we were driving past.

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I also really love to look at the clouds.

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This week seems to have been particularly good for clouds – every evening the sky has been stunning.

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Of course, sometimes the dramatic clouds meant that we were about to get very wet!

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Days like this really make me realise how lucky I am to live here.