Sunday, 28 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 28: My First Horse Experience



I’ve always loved animals – I have many memories of being very young and being obsessed with all sort of pets. Wanting a hamster one day, to a rabbit the next, spending hours staring into the large fish tank my Mum & Dad had in the living room (very 80’s!), to teasing the border collie that had the house to himself before I popped along… I loved dogs beyond anything, so much so that when I was around 18 months old, I walked up to a gate with a German shepherd behind it, and I left with a decent bite mark on my cheek. Nowadays, I’m a bit more cautious when I approach any dogs…

Back to horses… 

My first memory of horses was leaning over the gate of a field about 100 yards from my house, watching intensely as a girl and her Mum were looking after their horses. There was a small breeze block shed in the corner near the gate, where they kept bales of hay, rugs and all of their equipment, but there were no stables or arena. Often when I would see their car, I would skip along & over the bridge just to watch them with their horses. That was it, I was hooked…

When I used to stay with my Dad on a weekend, I’d often stay over at my Grandma’s house where there was a family run riding school along the lane. While playing out on my bike, I’d watch in amazement as a few other lucky children would come along enjoying their ride out with the school. One day, I was surprised with a lesson myself! I rode a small dark bay pony call Pepsi, and he was pretty cool. I loved being led around on him along the country lanes and up past the canals that ran around the area. The school ran pony days too, which I LOVED – you did everything and anything. Tack cleaning, sweeping the yard, apple bobbing, racing standing on a barrel and rolling it by walking, relay races in the style of Pony Club games, and the family house had a pool so sometimes we’d even end up with a swim too! I really enjoyed those days and think with all of the health & safety and insurance world we live in today, it’s a shame children today don’t experience horses in the same way…

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