This is me today.
I have been demoted to riding Sancho Panza’s donkey – Dapple (or Haakon as he is affectionately known).
So, Daisy and I went for a hack – this is the first bit, when we ride on a long rein to help the horses stretch.
Daisy rode her competition horse, Kappi.
He goes fast and very enthusiastically.
Going past local sheeples.
We even had a lovely canter.
I rode my old faithful Icelandic horse, Haakon. I have had him since he was three years old and he has never let me down but he is getting old (now 23) and is, perhaps, the “old style” functional farm model.
Over the years, we have been everywhere together.
His tölt is flat, comfortable but good and very kind to my back.
Sometimes we go up into the hill. “Game of Thrones” territory.
And then home walking down the road in the Shetland summer sunshine. We met absolutely no traffic.
A perfect ride.
But Haakon and I are still Sancho Panza on his donkey! It is now the way it is. We don’t really keep up anymore.
Riding is also very good therapy for me.