The many and various ways I pass the time now has a new addition. Usually it involves drinking coffee whilst sitting at a computer keeping in touch with chums, or sipping wine sitting on our tiny terrace catching the sun, and wondering what else I can do to avoid any cleaning or tidying or putting away of stuff and things that aren't even MINE. And now I am going to type this blog. Provided that doesn't become a chore as well, in which case...

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Giddy UP!

I am due to have a riding lesson in a little while, my first one for over six months. I have found I can only ride when the weather is warmer, as by the end of my last lesson on a chilly grey day in November my slightly arthritc hips had frozen solid and I could hardly get off, even in the indoor school.   It is under cover, but there is a huge sliding barn door left open with a five-barred gate across it, so if the wind is in the wrong direction it's just as cold as outside.
Pleased to be able to report can still zip up my boots and jodhpurs, so whatever else is going wrong with my body getting even fatter isn't one of them.  I have had a toke on my asthma inhaler and taken an anti-histamine, to help cope with my dust and horse druff allergies, and adjusted and strapped on my hat, so I'm all set to go.  Tally ho!

I shall add to this post when I have got through and out the other side...

...half an hour in the saddle, a quick trip to the supermarket and a decent lunch later, dear readers, and I am STILL IN ONE PIECE AND WALKING QUITE NORMALLY!
Managed mounting from a block without any silly getting stuck halfway, at the end managed to get off without too much hassle by dismounting back onto the block with the right leg flung over the horse's head, didn't even skim his ears.  In between had a good amble in and out of the irons, a bit of a sitting trot, which made my left hip quite sore, sadly, so couldn't do much of that, and ended with some stretches. Not bad for the first time back on a horse for half a year.  Teacher pleased (she's so nice to me) and next lesson booked for 11.00am next Tuesday.


  1. Hari Om
    Oh well done! I rode a lot in younger days, but confess the thought of it now is as you mention - aches, creaks, and possible leaks!! Do love horses though.

    Glad to see you back in the 'blog' saddle too and hope you had a super break. YAM xx

    1. Thank you, YAM. We have had three wonderful weeks of mostly dry sunny warm weather, and I had no urge to blog while it was going on.

      Yesterday it was much duller until the evening (except but for the news, which was far too stimuluating, but not in a good way) and today it has rained quite heavily, though not for long. Tonight we are due high winds, gale force at the coast, so I am back on the sofa, with laptop on knee, hiding from what The Husband likes to call "the elephants".

      I am riding for exercise, to get a proper akill, rather the very haphazard way I rode as a kid, and to be near horses. I love the beasts. They unnerve me slightly at times, and I respect them like one would any half-ton animal, but love overcomes my fear.

  2. Well, how did it go? Was it warm enough for you? (I can sympathise with the hips seizing up in cold weather) Don't keep us in suspense.... :-)

    1. I've added a paragraph above, Perpetua. All went well. A slow amble, but it went well.