My road is very busy as it's between 3 towns.. one of which is renowned for "boy racers" who fly up and down the road. DD has been hacking the pony on it but she is only allowed go as far as I can see her and I stand in the middle of the road waving cars down. We once had a young lad blast his car horn at us when he flew by!!
umm... being a "foreigner" living here, and i'm sure i'll offend - I think the Irish like hunting so much because it gives people who can't be bothered to learn to ride properly a chance to go bombing through fields/ditches with a gang of other horses. My horse was used as a "beginners hunting horse" and was loaned out to people - none of the people were taught anything, it was a case of "up and away". I know a 7yo girl who is hunting already - she came to ride DD's pony - she had no contact with her reins, her seat was sloppy, her heels were darn near touchin the clouds, she was leaning to far forward that I thought she as preparing to ride the grand national. Child still out hunting, which frightens the life out of me!
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