Medium Stiff Bristle Brush, Soft Brush, Body Brush, Hoof Pick, Wide Tooth Mane & Tail Comb , Mane Pulling Comb – what to use when 10 children and young people attended our Head, Heart, Hands programme Pony Care and Riding Day at Lakeview Stud near Bristol. How to approach a pony? What is involved in the daily care before the horses get ridden? This were just some of the question a group of young people learning and working at the stables shared with the children and young people from Capstone.
‘That is quite hard work’ stated one of the young participants, carefully observing the ears of his pony to determine if his care is received with pleasure or if the pony starts worrying. For his friend it was amazing to feel the warm fur of the pony as he hadn’t thought it would feel like it.
Finally – after some intensive pony grooming – in the saddle, everyone learned to move and to stop the pony, to balance hands on the heats and to even touch ones toes whilst in motion. The gently canter was building the confidence on horse back and many wished the time would not come where we had to bring the ponies back to the paddocks and say good buy. Before embarking home everyone received a rosette and a certificate for the day and we heard many intentions for taking up a new hobby.
“Many thanks for organising today. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. ”
“ R really enjoyed today and has made her more enthusiastic about horses an riding with big plans to own her own horse one day, and she is going to ask about helping to look after a horse at her pony club, apparently when you get more experience that is an option. “