I am a horse owner for the first time when I am WAY closer to 40 than 30
Cody arrived on Tuesday afternoon and was wormed that evening so has been in his stable since - he goes out tomorrow. He has met his pony companion so that should go OK.
Wednesday I lunged him for about 10 mins and just rode him down the road and back with the pony.
I didn't ride him yesterday but took him out alone tonight and he was a star!
The ride was only about a couple of miles but in that time we saw:-
- normal traffic
- other horses in a field
- cows in a field with calves who were running around
- sheep in a field
- a tractor with a sprayer on a narrow road
- a 4-wheel drive with an empty, loud trailer
- a VERY loud land rover
- kids playing footie in a garden
He didn't bat an eyelid! And I haven't hacked out in years either so I thought we did well.
He is quite a bit broader and longer striding than the riding school horses I have been on recently so I think I will ache till we get used to each other!
Anyway - I think that Cody and I will get on just fine and my confidence has increased a lot just from tonight.
In fact - this is me right now
(and it isn't from the glass of red!)