Just a quick post today, after a busy holiday weekend which included horse riding (with Bea and her super horses Muttley and Moon, and encouraged by that on the following day on my own horse Sam), sheep foot trimming (yuk), wool dyeing (more on that in another post), and my own personal favourite (not!) - putting up electric fencing.
Anyway, to prove that I do actually ride my own horse sometimes, here's a pic taken this weekend just before Sam and I set off on a hack. I'm not really a winter rider, neither Sam nor I like going out in wind/rain/mud, so we've only recently started riding out again. His summer coat's coming through now so he's looking all sleek and handsome, much nicer than his winter hairy beast look. And yes, that's a bitless bridle, Sam doesn't get on with bits, so he wears a hackamore.
We even had a proper balanced canter during this ride, so it seems he's remembered some of the schooling I did with him last summer after all! His trotting needs work though, his trot currently resembles a runaway train going downhill, sideways!
Here's another photo of him that I took this weekend. Luckily you can't see the knots in his mane from this angle. I spent ages trying to comb them out before our ride, but they thwarted me in a single session. Next time I'm attacking them with furniture polish (thanks for the tip Bea), and possibly a machete!