Monday, 11 April 2016

Caring for a Horse

One of my favourite places to go when I was younger was the stables near my Grandma and Grandpa's house. We used to have a couple of horses and we used to go every weekend to ride and help muck out. It was always so much fun although we were absolutely shattered by the end of the day.

When Miss C wanted to start horse riding, I was really excited to go back to a riding school and the stables. I hoped that she would love horse riding as much as I did and she didn't disappoint.

Last week, Miss C took part in a loan at horse riding. The loans usually run during the school holidays and last a full week. The loan consists of 2 riding lessons and stable management. Miss C had to be at the stables at 9am and I picked her up at 4pm. Despite it being such a long, hard day, Miss C didn't want to leave.

Miss C had her favourite pony to look after; Jocky. He is a popular pony so she was really excited to be caring for him for the week.

The loan is such a great experience for young riders. It teaches them responsibility and opens their eyes to just how much work goes in to looking after a horse. Mucking out certainly isn't glamorous but Miss C didn't bat an eyelid at having to use a mini fork to pick up all of Jocky's poop.

Miss C did a loan last Easter with a horse called Sonny and I noticed a huge difference in her riding after that week. I can't wait to see how much she has grown when we go to our next lesson. During the week, she did fall off Jocky when she went in to canter but she got straight back on which is such an important thing to do when it comes to horse riding; unless you are seriously hurt of course. But she also did a bug straight jump which she hasn't had the confidence to do in awhile.

The other lovely thing about the loan has been the chance for Miss C to make some new friends. She has already said she wants to help out at the school when she's older so it's great she'll have some friends when she goes.

It has been a busy week for Miss C and I'm glad she had the loan in the first week of the holidays as she'll have this week to recover. Although I'm sure she would love to do the horse loan every day of the year if she could.

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