Clip clop, clippety clop

7 Jun

When I asked Eve what she wanted for her birthday back in March she said a Butterscotch Pony.  I said over my dead body, or words to that effect, but that she could have a riding lesson on a real horse instead.  She asked if I would come with her, so only two months later, on a rainy Tuesday, we turned up at Wimbledon Village Stables for our joint lesson.

After almost 20 years on a horse, it felt very high up, but as soon as we reached the bridleway across the wet green field, it sort of came back to me.  Eve was a natural and spent the entire time with a big grin on her face.

The rain turned out to be a blessing.  It felt like we had the whole world to ourselves.  Our soundtrack was the soft thud of the horses’ hooves on the earth path and the drip drip drips of water falling from the leaves.  In a world of damp browns and greens, robins hopped from branch to branch and squirrels scurried across our path like a real life version of Bambi.  Our lovely horses, Alice and Cookie, knew exactly what they’re doing and even my inexpert riding doesn’t matter.

After an hour of quiet contemplation and viewing the world from a new angle we returned to the stables.  Eve’s first question was “When can we go again?”.  Soon I hope.


5 Responses to “Clip clop, clippety clop”

  1. Pamela 07/06/2010 at 6:01 pm #

    She looks like she’s having a wonderful time. I started out like this with my daughter, Sophia, and now we’re into our sixth year of riding with showing, leasing and all the horsey-pursuits that go along with it. It’s seriously addictive.

  2. Pants With Names 08/06/2010 at 8:16 am #

    Oh, looks lovely, she looks like she’s having a wonderful time and is clearly relaxed and at ease. I was forced to learn to ride as a child and hated it but as an adult have really enjoyed that I can ride and even gone on the odd riding holiday – and loved it!

  3. Heather Davis 14/06/2010 at 9:00 pm #

    My Eve loves horse riding too! I have never done it with her though. Maybe I will have to try one day. BTW she would also love a pony.

    • itsasmallworldafterallfamily 15/06/2010 at 9:45 am #

      It was really fun doing it together. Although blinking expensive!


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