Britain is soooooo cold and soooo wet!!! Ever since landing back into Britain and back to reality I have lost all motivation to train my horses. I must be sick!
So the first ride of the season for most of us in my area was the Christmas Cracker ride held at Staunton. This ride is a known as a Pleasure Ride (PR) to give us the social and a chance to exercise the horses out quietly without it being competitive. I took Barik along for this "gentle" stroll out of 18km. Despite it being cold (well at least I thought so) it was dry which was such a bonus.
I had clipped Barik the day before, so he was cleaned up and plaited ready for the off on Sunday. The route had changed from last year with some of the not so nice parts taken out. The route took us along forest tracks twisting our way through the forest. Baz was all too keen for this ride and we were motoring around at a striding trot.
The track along the river side was kept in, so with it being flat Barik and I galloped along happily together enjoying the blur of the scenery. And then casual jogged into the venue with me readying myself for the "What the hell are you doing back so soon!" from my Nan. Luckily there was no telling off from Nan, phew!
Barik and I enjoyed being reunited together and starting the season. He was his forward going little self which gave me the motivation I needed.
The organiser, Suzanne Garlick, provided the riders with mince pies and mulled wine on finish. Although Barik and I were fighing over the mince pie when he tried to steal it.
I saw many familiar faces at this ride and had many "How are you?", "Glad to see your back", "You must be finding it so cold here", "Congrats on all your results etc" So nice to be welcomed back into the fold of things.
So my endurance season has started and already my plan for this season has been drawn up
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