As some of you may have noticed, I’ve been horse riding quite a lot lately.
I started horse riding in 2009, when I was about 13 years old. I used to walk dogs every day for a business I owned called Walk-Ease, and earned £4 a day. I’d then spend all of the money I earned on learning how to ride a horse at Bowlings Riding School.
I started off riding a horse called Basil. He was a huge horse, but very much the friendly giant. He liked to stroll rather than march, and didn’t quite like a canter!
I then went on to ride a black and white horse called Rosie, who sadly isn’t with us anymore, and later, a horse called Cassie.
I absolutely loved riding Cassie, and was sad when someone else had already been put down on the list to ride her. I learnt a lot from her, and my horse riding skills improved immensely. A couple years later, I stopped walking dogs, and stopped riding horses.
I had ridden horses here and there over the years, but had never been horse riding properly like I had when I was younger. That was until my sister-in-law started loaning a horse, and we got chatting.
Turns out, the horse that Lynne had started loaning was in fact Cassie!
I started going riding again with Lynne earlier this year, and I haven’t stopped. My confidence has grown as a rider, and I can say with all the pride in the world, I can tack a horse up by myself, go for a ride by myself, open gates whilst on a horse – BY MYSELF!
Here’s a few of my favourite horsey photos over the summer holidays!