Monday 15 April 2013

Super Sunshine & Contest Winner!

8.45pm last night - it was a gorgeous day!

 First off I want to say a mahoosive thank you to all who participated in the Celebratory Contest. I  had no idea we had so many anonymous readers, please don't be shy about posting comments in the future now that you have posted one - I LOVE hearing from readers!

And the winner is commenter number 12 -  Kathrin.
Congratulations, thank you for reading & commenting; I will be in touch to find out whether you would like a saddle pad or shirt & sort out the ordering of such. :-)

Right now that the official business has been dealt with, most will probably stop reading this post, but if you bear with me there will be more photos! :-P

If you're still reading I had a wonderful weekend, the weather was fabulous! Saturday was unfortunately a bit of a write off for me horse-riding wise though as I was out late on Friday night, I don't drink so not hungover just up way past my usual bedtime, lol. Didn't get to bed until about 4am when I am usually asleep at the latest by 11.30-12pm on a weekend!
After her quiet week of no work Nancy got a lunge Saturday evening, which in itself was a workout from me as she is a strong beasty and likes to try and go faster all the time - but we're getting better at listening to vocal commands and slowing down when asked. Kika was the lucky one and spent the day outside in the turnout area so I was naughty & didn't do anything with her on Saturday.

Ready for our hack
Sunday, the Guru & I had arranged to go for a hack in the woods in the morning - it was a glorious day. L & I were like 2 big kids, me more so than her as I am just a big child playing with my first "pony".

O & K playing nice on our hack

We had a blast hacking in the woods, both mares plodding along on the buckle. Kika & I even took the lead when we met cyclist, joggers & to go first up a potentially scary hill, hahaha. We had fun trotting side-by-side & with em behind - where Kika fearing ebing left behind resorted to pony-club still tiny steps in a vain attempt at speed - it was hilarious I could only laugh like a lunatic as i was fired out of the saddle faster then I could rise - what a bumpy ride! ;-)

Happy head - can you tell we were stopped under a long hanging branch?! Hahaha

We also got some lovely cantering stretches. Kika was a star to put up with my desire to splash through all the puddles that we came across.

O usually dislikes going through puddles as she can't see the bottom, but she followed Kika through yesterday. I think L's smile speaks a thousand words!
So now that you've an idea as to the puddles I was playing with - you'll understand why Kika's legs ended up looking like this...

I was on such a high after our 2 hour hack and feeling like such a kid that i couldn't resist attempting to do "around-the-world" on Kika. It used to be an exercise my aunt (who taught me how to ride) used to have us do as kids. Where you completely move around in the saddle, ideally someone holds the horse for you / but Kika was in good form so I chanced she'd stand still - which she dutifully did. It wasn't until I was facing backwards that I realised how long it has been since I did this particular legs are considerably longer then they were then and took a lot more organising to sort myself out to get back the right way! *blushing*
Angel head after my silly around-the-wrold, getting too close as she wanted to nosy at phone
"Fine if I can't nosy at phone - I'll have to see what I can find on the floor...poor mistreated horse that I am"

Cleaned her up and turned herself & O out for a bit while I rode Nancy in the main arena, who got quite hot both in her attempts to canter when I wanted to trot and just hot in general as it was a gloriously sunny day - so she got her first shower since arriving in Lux and as with everything else we have done with her - she was an angel and possibly enjoyed it ... I know I'd have appreciated a shower by then, teehee!
Tied her outside for a few minutes to sunbathe & dry while I cleaned up her deposits from the arena, then swapped her for Kika in the turnout area and tied Kika up to sunbathe while I cleaned my tack & leather gear!

I think I've enough leather to be getting on with!
It would be embarassing to admit when my gear was last cleaned, but it has been ages as I am a lazy sod who like good weather to clean my gear so that I can sit outside and make it a pleasurable experience!

Nancy's clean bridle
L & I then walked her lovely pooches and decided to take Nancy & O from the field on the stroll with us so that we could let them graze afterwards. We do this every year to allow their stomachs & systems a chance to get re-acquainted with grass eating after the winter "indoors" so that they don't eat too much fresh grass when they first get out next month and make themselves sick!

Kika's clean bridle

Turned them back out while I helped L with pole work for another horse she rides (W), before going back to hang the haynets for today, refill the water in the turnout area and bring the girls in for the night.

Total time spent at the yard by me yesterday over 10 1/2 hours!
10.30am - 8.55ish woops! *teehee*


  1. Such pretty scenery on your hack!

  2. Congrats to the winner and I am jealous of all your hacking in the woods!

  3. Thanks guys, hack was still quite brown scenery and all the leaves on the ground made it feel more like autumn then spring BUT there is green beginning to appear here and there FINALLY!
    Hopefully next hack pics will have a more s/s feel to it! ;)

  4. Fun hacking in the woods! I don't think I've done an around the world maybe ever?

    1. It is so much fun, hope i described it properly. Was an exercise my aunt did with kids as well as touching pony/horse's ears, tail and my own feet with both hands - build coordination I guess...
      Bless Kika she was a saint to put up with me harking back to my childhood. :p

  5. Sounds like a great outing! How fun that you had a friend to do that with! :)

    1. We were like two big kids and still laughing about our messing yesterday!

  6. Round the World! Solly waits till you are facing the back, then heads off to the nearest potential food while your scrambling to get back to the front.. Nothing better than a yard day.. Sounds like you had a dinger of a one!!


    1. Hahaha, bless Solly. When I was facing backwards it took me a few minutes to figure out how to maneuver my legs to finish my trip around the world and was suddenly aware that if Kika decided to take a walk I'd have no way of stopping her!
      Thankfully she was quite happy to stand still - probably with a "What-are-you-doing-human?!" exasperated face!

  7. Wohoo!!! Thank you soooooooooooooooooo much !!!!!! I never won nothing so I am absolutely over the moon now. Hurray :D
    Sounds like you had a truly fabulous day out. Keep those photos coming, might be the only way for us to see sunshine.

    1. Congrats again K!
      It was a great day - shall do my best to keep photos coming, I do love looking at photos so I do try to have some to reward blog readers as I write so much waffle!

  8. Looks like you had some fun. Beautiful scenery too!

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  10. Sounds like you had a great day, lovely pics! And congrats Kathrin!

    1. I did have a fantabulous day - thanks Edz!

  11. Great that you got to go on a nice hack! And yay for clean tack! :)

    1. It was a glorious hack, I'm still grinning think about it.
      Tack slightly less clean now - but I'll give it another going over at the weekend - i love clean tack but I have so many leather bits now I really have to set aside time to clean it all in one sitting as with the two horses to ride most evening & boxes to clean, haynets to fill for turnout - i don't have time in the evenings after work! *blush*

  12. Hi Aoife! Nice to meet you (virtually)
    Cork being such a small place, I bet we have people in common....
    Your hacking looks lovely, a bit more level and less rocky than around here :)


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