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Good weekend so far!

Right - that's my fourth out of six weekends in a row spent in Cambridgeshire over and done with! I did a little work for the Shires on Friday (bathing a couple horses, poo-picking, nothing huge ... y'know, except the horses themselves! Ha) and again today, as we were doing horse 'n' cart rides at the school fete. A little girl asked me if Boy was a "stray horse", which perplexed me, until I discovered that she'd misheard 'Shire horse' and thought that was what the breed was called. Adorable, amiright.

Also, a very small boy - after staring at me for some time - asked if I was a farmer. When I replied in the negative, his next line was: "What ARE you, then?" Funny, funny kid. He also wanted to know why I was looking at people (I was riding on the step, and just looking ahead - not actually at anyone in particular), and whether I was allowed to look at him. Children's brains are amazing places.

On Friday, I also bathed Pepsi and mum bathed Bea. This is my favourite photo from the whole weekend, I think.

Pepsi running around again. No sheep this time, but there was a bloke spraying pesticides in the orchard. He was wearing a big ghostbuster's style backpack and this, in Pepsi's world, was Not Allowed.



13.2hh of PURE PONY FURY.


I just like this picture of her. <3


Bea doesn't like her face being washed. :P


Pepsi wore my hat and she loved it. No really. The only reason she hasn't got her ears forward is because the hat fell off if she did.



Ah, the Shire horse; a truly magnificent and noble beast.


Scrubs up well, though.


On our way down to the fete with Boy.


Boy bouncing after being turned out at the end of the day. He accompanied this with a ridiculous, high-pitched squeal.


And this is Freddie, a miniature Shetland colt, who doesn't even come up the Shires' knees.



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Jun. 23rd, 2013 12:06 am (UTC)
these are fantastic. I love Pepsi's mane. I love that tiny pony. I love the kid asking "what ARE you?" How did you answer?
Jun. 23rd, 2013 08:01 pm (UTC)
Boringly, I'm afraid. After mentally groping for some kind of response to that, I just said: "I'm a groom." And, of course, his response was: "What's THAT?" He lost interest before I'd finished explaining it. That's when we moved on to whether I was allowed to look at him.
Jun. 23rd, 2013 05:38 am (UTC)
Kids say/think the funniest stuff. lol

and Beautiful horses <3
Jun. 23rd, 2013 10:51 am (UTC)
Kids really do ask the strangest things. I used to get all sorts when I demonstrated Forensic Science techniques while at uni. I do miss working with kids sometimes.

Those are some gorgeous horses. Makes me want to ride again. It's been years since I was last on a horse.
Jun. 23rd, 2013 08:02 pm (UTC)
Haha yeh, I bet you got some crazy questions then! Kids are quite amusing.

Ah, I didn't know you used to ride! When are where?
Jun. 23rd, 2013 09:24 pm (UTC)
Oh yeah it was a laugh sometimes. Kids really do say the funniest things

Yeah I used love it. Stopped to do my GCSE's and never really got back into it. So it's been nearly 10 years since I was last on a horse. Bloody hell that's a long time.

I rode at a couple of places but spent the most time at Milhouse Stables in Newark. I feel out with them after they put me on a pony that hadn't been broken in. She was crazy and didn't like to be ridden. I got her to tolerate being ridden on hacks and round the training area but even then she badly threw a rider and broke the girls ribs.
The day after that incident they asked me to jump with her and I told them she wouldn't do it. Three horse in the ring, jumping for the first time, just after she'd thrown someone, it was a recipe for disaster. True enough she threw me and went wild. Nearly trampled me. It was only the fact that one of the other riders positioned themselves in front of me while I got up and out of there that kept me from being seriously hurt.

I don't blame the horse I blame the stable owners. I finished out my lesson on the back of a gentle old grey and got some awesome group jumps in but I didn't want to go back to the stables after that. Then exams, uni, trying to afford a car and place to live I just never went back to riding. I do really miss it though.

And that is a hell of a long reply to a simple question. Sorry :)
Jun. 23rd, 2013 10:04 pm (UTC)
Wow, I'm sorry you had such a horrible experience. :( The stables sound pretty damn incompetent. It's great that you finished the lesson, though, rather than leaving it on a bad note - a really brave thing to do.

Do you think you'll ever get back into it again? I guess lessons are pretty expensive these days - I haven't had actual riding lessons for some years, and they were bloody pricey back then, so I guess they must be even more so now. Ironically, the rising costs are mainly because stables have to pay such huge insurance fees to cover them if riders sue. So you'd have thought your stables would have handled things a bit better!
Jun. 24th, 2013 07:43 pm (UTC)
They really are. I wouldn't ever go back there. I'm surprised they are still open.

When I get a full time job I will find a stable and get back to it. Take a couple of refresher lessons before just enjoying the act of riding again
Jun. 24th, 2013 02:11 pm (UTC)
what a big gorgeous horse!
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