A horsey summer holiday

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!

Basil and I, around 2009!

Basil and I, around 2009!

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.

Cassie and I back in the day!

Cassie and I back in the day!

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!



A horsey summer holiday — 6 Comments

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    • Thank you! Oh go on – she might love it! You’ll have to bear in mind that falls are probably going to happen, and her confidence might go a little, but I got into horse riding quite late (I feel) and I think I could have learnt so much more if I had started at a younger age. xx

  2. Oh this looks amazing! I haven’t ridden for years (I mean years, probably about 15). I absolutely loved it as a child, I spent every weekend riding! My daughter has now started asking if she could have a go, and even though I started at her age I would be terrified watching her! #ChasingNature

  3. Aww that’s wonderful!! Just shows that you two were meant to be together. I used to ride a horse called Basil too when I was little.
    I was stuck on a horse at birth, but stopped when I was in my early 20’s when I moved from my village. I will start again one day. I’ve promised myself.
    Lovely blog to read 🙂

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