Meet Tessa. She was the lovely pony that Moozles got to ride for an entire hour on Saturday. Last week, the RSPCA had asked if my daughter would like to have a horseback riding lesson, and it was an easy answer. Moozles has had a few pony rides, but they only lasted 3-4 minutes each. I knew she would love the chance to learn some basics of riding a horse.
The horseback riding lesson was held at Ridgway Stables in Wimbledon. The riders mount their horse/pony at the stable, then cross the road and walk up another road to get to Wimbledon Common. This is urban horse riding. Horses pooping on the road next to £1 million houses. You gotta love London.
Moozles wanted me to accompany her on the ride, so rather than sitting at the nearby pub I trotted behind her and her horse. At one point, crossing the road, her horse nearly pooped on me. But luckily I am quick like a cheetah. Anyway, it was a beautiful, sunny day and I enjoyed my rather brisk walk on Wimbledon Common. Moozles thoroughly enjoyed the ride, and it left her feeling quite happy and confident. On a side note, I was quite pleased with the helpfulness of the staff at Ridgway Stables, and we are now thinking of sending Moozles there for lessons. On another side note, Husband says that British people call it horse riding not horseback riding. But I don’t care. That’s what I’m calling it!
While we are chatting about horses, did you know that the RSPCA rescues horses and ponies and re-homes them across England and Wales? You can have a look online for the animals who need a home. If you don’t have a home to offer a horse or pony, you can donate unwanted equipment for the horses, ponies and donkeys.
My daughter was given a complimentary horseback riding lesson by the RSPCA. All opinions expressed are entirely my own.