Monday, 9 May 2011

Confidence growing

What a lovely weekend of hacking! An hour and a half on Saturday and two and a half hours on Sunday in perfect riding weather - sunny with just enough breeze to keep cool without that spooky wind. Not only that but last Thursday evening I rode round the farm for half an hour on my own!! How fantastic is that? I was so pleased with myself and Santana although he must have thought I'd gone a bit loopy because I chatted nonsense to him the whole time. We came across a couple of scary 'monsters' but I gave him time to have a good look and see that it was all in his imagination.

So by the time we rode at the weekend I could ride feeling quite relaxed and confident - loose reins and everything! I'm sure Santana is much happier and more confident too.

Next problem to overcome is sore feet. I asked the farrier to take his shoes off a couple of weeks ago (he'd lost both back ones anyway) and I think he's feeling it a bit after so much walking at the weekend. He'll have a rest this week and then more hacking next weekend - yay!

Another thing I have to write about is Jasmine's new horse. Gosh, how exciting and unexpected that was. Photos and details to follow soon...


  1. You rode around the farm for 1/2 hour on your own???! Fantastic! So envious!

  2. I can hardly believe it myself! I braved gas guns (bird scarers), bee man (we have bee hives on the farm), crop pickers, marauding pheasants, and various random bits of farm machinery lying in wait around corners and got back in one piece. If I can do it, you can too. We've made so much progress over the last few weeks. You keep at it - you'll get there. Its such a great feeling to be really looking forward to your next ride.