My back, as I continually whinge on, is deteriorating fast now. Hospital on Wednesday for my steroid epidural injections cannot come soon enough.
In my head I had vowed to stop riding but in my heart I just wanted one more plod out. I told Daisy of my plan and she said she would accompany me on Kappi, kindly caught Haakon for me and we tacked up to go out for a walk. Nothing faster.
Usually when I tell Haakon we are going on a slow ride, he ignores me and takes me for a belter no matter what.
Daisy was happy for Kappi to plod. He has worked hard recently and enjoys a no-pressure ride.
Long, low and relaxed is encouraged.
So Haakon walked. Ok, it was his fast strong power-walk but he never broke into any other gait, even when Daisy/Kappi went for a canter up the hill.
What did Haakon do? He took me to the other side of the road and stopped and waited for Kappi/Daisy to return. What did I do? I cried. Haakon knows I am not feeling well – my legs are weak and my back is clicking and odd. He cares about me and I could really see that.
If you have met Haakon or have ever been on a ride with us, you would know Haakon never just stops.
So we looked at the nice view.
And then we went on a bit further.
I don’t think I picked up the reins once.
You can keep all the Icelandic horses in the world. When I ride Haakon, I have everything.