I'D JUST LIKE TO SAY THANK YOU - ADMINGTON RIDE

bailey14

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I went on the Admington Fun Ride on Sunday and had a fantastic time having accomplished many firsts, galloping my WB flat out up for the first time after owning him for nearly five years (and feeling confident enough to do it), jumping a fence I wouldn't have considered jumping before, and galloping side by side between a group of other riders. I have really lost my confidence over the last couple of years with my horse, due to taking some nasty falls jumping and the lack of confidence has been creeping over me bit by bit. I lost my first horse as a result of an accident on a pleasure ride many years ago, and it has taken me a lot of time to build up my confidence to take part in them again and actually enjoy them. On Sunday my horse behaved impecably, and had horses cantering past him without acting the fool and stood still to let others pass. However he really struggled with crossing a steep slope with a small running stream at the bottom and a steep slope up the other side. He started playing up, leaping around and doing silly little rears and spins. A group of riders passed me and asked if my horse would take a lead from theirs but he was really scared and wouldn't go down the slope even after nine or ten of theirs had given him a lead. One of the riders got of his horse the other side and walked back through the stream and held my horses head and calmed him down, gave him a mint and walked him through the stream. My horse ended up jumping on top of him as he leapt from one bank to the other bank but luckily he hadn't hurt the mans leg. I just wanted to say thankyou to this unknown 'hero'. It was really nice of you to take the time to help me and my scared horse. He sounded like he was south african, and had a group of children with him, his horse was a dark bay. So thank you for helping me, if you know who is was say thank you for me. And thank you to the organisers of the ride for such a fun day, I can't wait till next year to do it all again!!
 

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Good for you..they're a great experience those rides, and you often can find a 'guardian angel' if you need one!
My OH learned so much going on fun rides when he started riding, and one the VWH one at Bibury learned not to lean your thumb against the horse's neck when jumping! His very keen schoolmaster cob put in a big pop and OH bent his thumbnail back - very painful! A very kind lady at one of the drink stops administered a plaster and the necessary sympathy to make him feel better (he wasn't getting much from me and his friends
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