Egill Þórarinsson is here, at Thordale, training 10 riders and their Icelandic horses all weekend.
Today, having arrived fresh off the boat, he waded straight in. Egill asked everyone to ride their horse and then, having watched them together, the rider dismounted and he got on and tried the horse for himself. Then, mostly, everyone rode their horse again with instruction. Tomorrow there will be individual lessons. The weather was miserable outside so we were all thankful for the indoor school.
There was a strict timetable – five horses before lunch, and five after with a small break for coffee/tea and we introduced Egill to the Scottish staple, Tunnocks caramel wafers, as well. Bjørn was on hand to translate and assist.
We all watched.
There was lots of chatting over horses.
We provided comfortable seating with occasional armrest.
I may have eaten my weight in egg mayonaise sandiwiches….
And then, again, in apple cake (eplekake)
Why am I not riding? Because my back is not up to it at the moment. Flossie and Daisy are participating, though, so that is all that matters for me. I am happy enough eating egg mayonnaise sandwiches interpersed with taking the odd photo!