Those Summer Pony Days...
Summer really is the best time of year for riding. Long evenings, glorious sunny days, and happy ponies! But for all the good things about summer, you also get inundated with nasty flies, and days that are far too muggy to do anything productive.
This summer, Skye and I have had quite a few adventures. We've had our very first gallop, conquered our fear of sheep.. and cows and concrete shapes, happily and confidently walked out in front and found a new love for cross country jumping.
It's been a very busy few months!
And we've also moved again! Skye is so much more settled in her new home. She now shares a field with my friends' horses Travis and Bella. The difference in Skye's temperament is just phenomenal. If someone said to me that she would stand perfectly still untied whilst I tacked her up, I wouldn't have believed them.
But she does! In fact she stands so perfectly that I can walk off to get something and she won't move a muscle. She doesn't even attempt to put her head down to graze!
Our new home is a lot more basic than our old yard. For the majority of the year, we'll just have a field. We've sectioned off areas for a grass school and jumping paddock, but that's all we have, and I absolutely love it. Things are so much simpler!
We can also ride straight out onto our favourite hacking routes. There are some amazing paths through the woods (with a few fallen logs to jump!) and we don't have to go too far to find some hills to have a good gallop!
Over winter, we'll need to move them so that we have access to the stables. We won't have any electricity, but I'm really looking forward to it. I've been so lucky with my previous yards, and I was a little worried about the lack of facilities where she is now, but we'll make do without and she seems so much happier!
As we're coming into September, it's time to start preparing for winter. That means making sure we have enough hay and bedding, and choosing the right feed to support them through the colder months. As we won't have any lights, we'll have to change the times that we ride. I'm hoping that we'll be able to get out 2-3 times during the week and also at the weekends.
I've also decided to start having regular lessons, starting soon! I can't wait to see how quickly we can progress so we can hopefully start competing next year.
More pony adventures coming soon!
Izzy & Skye x