“Ride Up With Wear Sir”

From Are You Being Served (UK TV Sitcom)- 

Mr. Grainger: Don’t worry if the sleeves are too long, you’ll find they’ll ride up with wear.”

This phrase has passed into everyday usage and reminds most folk of trying on over-sized school uniform just before their first day of secondary school.

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So, today, was quickly deteriorating weather-wise and all I could think of was poor Storm.  A friend, last night, on Facebook had offered me a 3′ 9″ waterproof rug (no fill) and we had arranged for me to get it on Monday but as I looked at the weather forecast, I realised Monday could be too late.  I drove over (2 hours) and collected a beautiful brand new rug.

I called the boys up and separated off Taktur and Storm for their food.

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They ended up swapping and sharing with BeAnne carefully monitoring progress.


Little Storm seems to have a different coat from everyone else.  It is longer but not as thick.


Reminds me of last winter’s creation, to be honest.


So I took Storm into the shed and introduced him to his scary purple bat!  After an initial reluctance, I did it all up on the smallest size and I think this is where we say “It will ride up with wear, sir”!


Storm was such a good boy about it.  A little unsure to start off with.


But the weather is closing in fast and he needs it.


Storm was returned to his field with the others.  I was worried they would all point and laugh.  They duly did.


But The Minions jumped the stream leaving the big boys behind.  Our Icelandic horses are not trained to jump so rarely bother.


Once they had worked it out, they all rushed around a bit and then gave up.


And with that, the weather disintegrated but Storm didn’t notice and went on eating grass.


I shall peruse Fleabay for a smaller rug.

3′ 6″ or 3′ 3″?  What do we reckon?

7 thoughts on ““Ride Up With Wear Sir”

  1. Terri

    This truly made my day, which is just beginning! I don’t think “he’ll grow into it” either. Good luck in finding a smaller size….
    PS AYBS was one of our favorite programs. And I am unanimous in that.

  2. bigears

    he took to it really well given it would have felt strange and made silly noises, brave boy, hope the others didn’t laugh too much

  3. Linda

    Oh Francis, it makes me feel SO GOOD to see Storm so well looked after, and I think his new purple “bat” looks like it will the job of keeping the rain and damp out. You’re such a good horse-mom!


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