Bareback Moonlit Hack!!

moonlit horseHi everyone!

It’s that time of year again! The nights are getting colder and darker, the daylight hours retreating. Soon it’ll be winter!

For us horsey people winter means frozen fingers, endless mud, and searching for that rug which always seems to disappear when it’s needed. Catching or turning out a horse becomes a challenging feat with the navigation of thick mud, and puddles that forget they’re suppose to be puddles, not lakes!!

Ok, now I’ve done the compulsory complaining about winter weather, I have to admit I actually quite like winter! The starry skies and dark shadows are beautiful at the yard after dark.

The last time I was at the stables I’d just had an amazing riding lesson. The horse I’d ridden was being used again in another lesson, so I got to help turn out the ponies. There was a group of us turning out several ponies and we decided to ride them out to their fields. We rode bareback with just an extra leadrope on the headcollar, no saddle or bridle!

I got to ride the tiniest, fluffiest, cutest little pony ever!!! He was the pony I learnt to jump on and I hadn’t ridden him for years!! I’d thought I was too big to ride him but everyone else thought it was ok, and he didn’t seem to mind. His winter coat was growing through and, because he was unclipped, he was like the fluffiest teddy bear ever!! Just so cute!!!!

It wasn’t very late but once we left the yard it was black as night. Our ponies went in the fields furthest from the stable yard, so we had to ride through fields, ditches, banks, and the woods to get there!! Really, it was like an unofficial hack – but bareback and in the dark!!! Above us hung a beautiful moon, the stars hidden behind patterned clouds. We had a head torch, but it was only faint and the light didn’t reach far.

It was a magical moment, riding that little pony out into the night! Riding with just a headcollar is easier than you’d expect if you’ve never done it before. There was plenty of laughter along the way (we were, after all, going on a night time adventure!), especially after we turned the ponies out into their field and had to walk back to the yard without getting stuck in the mud!! Now that was difficult!!!

See you next time!

Horse Daydreamer xxx

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