Around 12pm I brought in Pepe ( the horse I am riding in my avatar ) and got him ready for his lesson with a teenage girl, then went and helped a girl who was volunteering, with one of the ponys (welsh cob). She was scared of him but trying to be brave, I held him as she followed my instructions of how to untack him, and how to lift the saddle from his back with her stirrups ran up.
All was going well, until she was finding his rug (which someone had dumped amongst all the others) and he spooked and broke free from the twine I had safety tied his lead rope to, luckily was able to grab his rope and calm him down..... where he prompty went to sleep . Got the girl to rug him, and taught her how to do the leg straps up properly, with some encouragment she pushed through her fears and got him rugged .Took him back to his paddock.
Walked a girl (10?) around to cool her horse out (she was being led as she isnt confident right now, otherwise would have been able to go off on her own to cool him out) which went well, we had a chat and she told me about how she had lessons every two weeks and had friends with horses and how she loved the horse she was riding. She was shy, but we had fun - im generally shy too, except around horses .
My payment was meant to be a free ride (a bonus really, got to spend the whole day at a place I love, helping out!), but instead the lady who owns the place has offered me a free private lesson in exchange for the work I did for her today and has offered for me to be paid to help the instructors with the kids lessons so happy!!
Will be blogging every Saturday!