Monday, 17 June 2013

Mostly Mute Monday

Hoping to keep this word-light as photo heavy, may add a few explanatory captions to images. *blush*
All photos taken yesterday on our pic-nicking/pit-stopping hack up the country!

Nancy & Kika's first away from "home" adventure since moving to Luxembourg!
(AKA Kika's first re-introduction to a horsebox in 3 years!)


View from horseback on way to breakfast pit stop of croissant & coffee/hot chocolate (apple juice for me)

Height of log pile all passed without batting an eye lid

3 amigos

Pit stop #2 - a couple mouthfulls of grass for the girls,
Fanta for me & a tasty mini meat & gurkin salad!

Took bit out of mouth for easier chow-down after photo was taken

Pit stop #2 as we rode away - lots of full Friesians also did it...
I still think my unique ISH X is best though! (yes I am biased)

Woods

Fields

Coming up to a gorgeous castle for Pit Stop #3


Pit Stop #3

Soup & bread + another cool drink - needed as weather was lovely, just right.
Not too hot, but warm enough that sweater not needed for woods!

We took bits off so girls could graze if they wanted,
was also a bucket of water here for them to slurp if re-hydration wanted
View of castle which we got to go into to use rest rooms - horses had to stay outside ;-)



Back to business


We also got some road hacking through the village
Kika bravely leading the way
Steep incline


Final pit stop - ponies looking quite tired bless them!
Kika shared some of my melon - she's such a ham and will eat anything!


Last leg as we headed back to/through village

I am so proud of both my girls and indeed myself after our first off-site adventure. We each took turns leading, there was some trotting & cantering and lots of walking as we took in lovely views and enjoyed some tasty food along the way. Each equine had their spooks and hairy eye-ball moments, but no massive misbehaving from anyone (yes Kika I mostly mean you :p) - all in all the jockeys had a great day out and I think the horses enjoyed themselves also!
We did learn that Nancy is not overly fond of sheep or cows, she did give  a yellow phone box a good look - so did the rest of them though lol. Her biggest spook was at a large metal cylinder feeder-type thing, where she scooted sideways and trotted past with a lovely bend - pity we weren't looking for that, lol!

To say I am body sore today is an understatement, lol! We set shortly after 10am and got back to the boxes some time after 4pm, but it was totally worth it! L & I are going to take the three for a short stroll in woods this evening to take things easy, L on O, me on N and Kika playing doggy on a lead! :)

22 comments:

  1. You have the most amazing adventures! Looks like tons of fun and something I'd love to do someday!

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    1. That's very kind of you to say Amanda, yet I think all the blogs I follow where people are getting out competing are great adventures!
      I guess the grass is always greener on the other side! :p

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  2. Hi (again!)! Just letting you know that I've nominated you for a Liebster Blog Award, see the post here -> http://lbhlbh.blogspot.com.au/2013/06/liebster-blog-award.html

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    1. Aw thanks! CT!
      Shall have to go check it out!

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  3. WHAT! I am so jealous. There's definitely nothing as cool around here. Well, maybe some big fields, but no awesome castles to ride to!! So so jealous! Awesome pics :)

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    1. Thanks hun, it was so cool - I had no idea that we would be so close to a castle...I actually agreed to go along without really knowing what i was getting myself in for - thankfully it didn't all finish tits up - but a great day out was had by all! :D
      Or at least the humans had a blast, i hope the horses did too ;-)

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  4. Well done on the girls great behavior !!!! Love the photos, it really looks like you had a great time in a great area. Not jealous, no, not at all :P
    enjoy your relax hack out :)

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    1. I was so proud of my girls, both of them!
      I am truly lucky to have them in my life.

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    1. Thanks T, it was beyond anything I could have imagined, everything just went right. Horses loaded well, behaved well and weather was fine...couldn't have asked for anymore!

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  6. Sounds like such an amazing ride :) Looks like such a gorgeous place to ride.

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  7. I have left an award for you on my blog :) Head over there now to check it out.

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    1. Wow Thanks Ruffles!
      I am honoured! *hug*

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  8. It is incredibly gorgeous there!! What a cool ride :)! Not many people can say that they just casually rode up to a castle...

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    1. I have to say K, I never thought I'd be saying it - it really was a great day!

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  9. What a gorgeous ride! I love the castle... and doesn't it feel vaguely "cool" to be riding through villages? ;-)

    Great pictures, too, but I have to say my photos of steep inclines never look as impressive in real life either!

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    1. Thanks Missus!
      It was great fun - nowhere near as adventurous as your "Wanderly Wagon" adventures though!

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  10. Holy smokes girl! I love the pics and that view! Another reason I need to come visit you - I want to see things by horseback like that!

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    1. How did I miss this reply - woops, sorry!
      Please do come visit me!!! Although, this isn't every day hacking for us it was a "special" outing up the country! One of or usual hack routes goes by a playground castle of that counts ;-)

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  11. How did I miss this, looks like so much fun!

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    1. It was great fun & a fab day out. :-D

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