1980 Castle Hill Show - Me on the Grey & Carolyn Spencer on the Palomino
I actually grew up riding horses and from the age of six had to get 10 out of 10 in my spelling tests to have my weekly lesson. It hasn't helped my spelling ability!
Over twenty years have past since I've ridden on a weekly basis and to think I had an hour lesson on Friday and I'm still hurting! I must admit hopping into the saddle was as fun as it was frightening.....falling a breaking a bone in my 40s wasn't something on the agenda. Luckily I didn't fall but I do have muscles that I don't remember ever having had before! As much as I wasn't the one trotting or cantering, riding is exhausting exercise!
Izzy is a mad keen little rider with a great seat but she lacks confidence. Friday was hopefully the first of many lesson for me, at Highlands Equestrian Centre, to regain my confidence. I feel within 12months I'll be helping Izzy with her own horse.
It is a truly wonderful thing that Izzy and I can share this together because so many daughters distance themselves from their mothers in their teen years, which are approaching quickly. I can only hope that doing the horse thing together will strengthen our bond of love and friendship.