Been working all day on stuff for HorseBack. It’s always the hardest kind of writing I ever have to do, because it’s for such a serious purpose. This is not just for me, for my own vanity or success or amour-propre. It’s for an organisation which really does transform people’s lives. It’s a keen responsibility.
They are all so no-nonsense and funny and matter-of-fact down there it’s sometimes easy to forget what an extraordinary thing it is that they have undertaken. Since I’ve been working with them, I’ve watched a man with no legs trot off into the wild Deeside hills, talked to a gentleman whose body is filled with bullet holes, observed a laughing fellow guide a horse round an arena using his last remaining digit. People come there for whom the simple act of sleeping is a rare luxury. So these words damn well matter.
My brain is now so stretched that it is about to crawl out of my ears and hide behind the sofa, so there is nothing left for the blog. You are good people; you understand about priorities. I know that I do not have to apologise for this.
There are, however, some pictures. Almost a little photo essay, you might say. Because today was the Red Letter Day when Autumn the Filly got her first saddle on her back.
We were expecting a bit of a buck or a jump or at the very least a tossed head. But her trainer has worked so well with her on the ground that she mostly just went to sleep as the big foreign object was placed on her. Yeah, yeah, whatever, one could almost hear her saying, her ears in firm donkey position.
Hmm, and you want me to react to this how?:
I suppose it is faintly interesting:
But NOT as scary as you thought:
Really nothing to see here. Move along:
I’ll just do a bit of collected circling:
At this point, the Horse Talker arrived, who is the owner of Autumn, and the filly pricked up her ears as if to say MUM:
Look what I DID:
It was actually quite hard work, I suppose:
Meanwhile, Red was off in a doze, eating her hay:
When the thrilling decision to do some free schooling was taken:
And it was - Come on everyone, LET’S GO:
They have been very still lately, with all the weather. They had so much fun cantering about that, afterwards, Myfanwy clearly thought she was Queen of the World:
Which she almost certainly is:
And then they just hung out for a bit, very pleased with themselves:
But of course the main thing was that Stanley the Dog HAD HIS BALL:
No hill today. I would love to say it is lost in music, but in fact it’s lost in the cloud.