..is back on on a Sunday. And last week we had 14 riders all keen to put their on foot raquet skills practice to the test on horseback. The sun shone and the riders rode and the ball got picked up first time (most of the time anyway). We actually started by running through some riding skills like riding off and a manoeuvre involving a leg yield, turn on the hind, rein back and halt to canter transition. We then played a bit of the numbers game before finishing off stickless.
Going back a bit, Saturday was another lovely day and all the lessons were in the outdoor arena. Robyn came down and taught the 10am lesson and the 4pm lesson which gave me a break. This week I had nobody fall off. Phew.
During the week the weather held and the arena got very dry. We kept running our fitness work with the polocrosse horses and we are up to a half km of trot then 2km of canter and a final half km of trot.
The summer holiday activity schedule has been handed out at pony club and has been given out at all the lessons this week. It will be going on line and on faceb. We have all the usual things and some new activities too like the Musical Ride day or the Happy Hacking Club. Check out the schedule and start planning your school holidays. As these are usually so popular we have had to make the decision to only open them up to people who currently have a regular riding lesson with us. There is going to be a demand for places on the camps as it so please book you space early.
The week ended considerably wetter than it started. Thursday saw a cloud burst that had water pouring across the yard and the arena flooded. It has started to dry off again. The long spell of dry weather has really had a benfucial effect on the arena as after only a fay of dry weather the arena was usuable again and we had another mounted polocrosse training session in the outdoor school on Sunday we had 9 members of the Edinburgh Uni Polocrosse club in the afternoon as well.
And we are now fittening the polocrosse ponies in the pony field. The first day was pretty exciting with fly flying around.
The second day was alot calmer. We have posted a couple of videos.
..that lasso would come in useful. Iceman has been getting little walks out to the front lawn to get a pick of grass and to make sure his leg doesn’t get infected again. Ru was in charge and so obviously he kept his horse completely under control whilst grabbing some rays himself..
..actually Ice was completely under control but mostly because he was grass tethered we think.
Anyway the weather has been very warm and sunny and we can almost hear the grass growing out in the fields. This has let us make the decision that the horses will be going out 24/7 from the end of this month. This means only 17 days more of mucking out. Yippee. Having said that we are going to keep bringing the ponies in at night to give their field some rest in the morning and evening to help keep the grass growing. We will organise it so that most of the ponies are in pens and we will only have 6 boxes being mucked out.
The polocrosse ponies continue to be fittened each day and we are now up to 1km of trot and 2km of canter. We are still going around the arena rather than through the fields. Yesterday I used my phones running app to measure the distance and speed. It also tells us our average speed so we can push the average speed as well.
Tuesday night was pony club. The weather was brilliant and we played Waterloo in the outdoor arena. Louise went like the clappers cantering around the arena and Bobby Brown was full of beans too. At one point he was racing Buzz and holding his own. I don’t actually think that it’s the beans that he us full of its more probably the peas and maize rather than the soya beans in our home nade super feed mix that is giving all the horses and ponies loads of energy. After the juniors had ridden they then played a catch and chase game (not on the ponies) on the embankment whilst the seniors rode..
..look at that blue sky.
..start of May and a sunny day today. We have been working on fittening the polox ponies for hamish’s return. Not yet been brave enough to take them out into the fields as they are still very soggy. I would say “the fields and not the ponies” but the ponies are all still pretty soggy too.
Last weekend mollie and becca were running the yard again as katie and I went to Chester with Ru to the Celyn polocrosse camp. Mountain experienced his first polocrosse contact and was great but unfortunately ended up getting a corn and being unrideable for the Sunday and Monday. He came home and we got the vet out to him and he is now getting daily poultices on and his foot is much better.
The weather has picked up a bit and we are promised that next week will be a scorcher. Fingers crossed. Mountain is definately looming forward to the blue skies and sunshine…