|The Gorgeous Red|
|The experienced riders took it in turns to jump.|
For the first hour we stayed with the experienced riders' group enjoying the cross country course in the Briwnant fields. We mostly helped put fences back up. It was lovely to see Red enjoying himself in the capable hands of Jodi. It looked as though he was calm and well-behaved - in fact the whole event was pretty calm and well organised.
|Showing the horses this scary pink and white jump |
before asking them to jump it.
Although these events are called 'fun rides' there always seem to be a few youngsters for whom they become something of an ordeal. At the beginning of the ride I tried to reassure one nervous little girl by leading her around the arena a few times to give her a chance to settle into the saddle and relax. When the novice group were trying the jumps I stayed with a couple of riders who had stayed behind the main group to try jumping without the excitement of the larger group. They did not really need any help but I felt it was better that they had someone with them just in case. After this I returned to the rest of the novice group and found a young girl crying because her pony kept running away with her. I started to lead her back to the yard and then another helper took her the rest of the way. After a bit more jumping everyone began to head back to the yard for refreshments.
|Adam showing he is becoming a confident |
and able rider.