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daytona
24th May 2010, 11:19 AM
Hi guys,
Grab a cuppa and get comfy this could be long,

Well Thursday of last week was the day I had been waiting for since last year it was our return to Freerein a riding holiday company in South Wales.
Burnie and me have been going for the past 4 years now and it just keeps getting better and better especially as this year we never saw a drop of rain. (We normally spend 3 days completely drenched and frozen).
We had the best time ever and even managed not to get totally lost (our normal trick :lol:) we also took my friend Tracy who was a bit bemused at first by the fact that Burnie and me were so giddy and excited about going and laughing at silly land marks on the way, also the jumping up and down when we arrived was like OMG!! But she is now a convert and realised why we were so hyper :D:D

Anyway enough waffling and onto the pics.

Day1

The 3 intrepid explorers ready for off.

Burnie on Bob, Tracy on Sinoedd and me on Frazer (who, at 14.2 felt soooo Diddy compared to my Becky).

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Burnie and Bob ready for the descent
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Tracy and Sinoedd having a break
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First stop of the first day pondering the maps over lunch

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Frazer admiring the view (or thinking how far are we going!!??)
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Leading down - it got very steep.
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Chilled boy
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Day 2
We set off and the route description said green lane may be slightly over grown - (they weren't kidding)

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Lunch again - er common theme emerging :evilgrin:
(Oh and excuse the terrible hat hair)
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Girls I really don't think thats the way :scared::eek:
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Having a break - Frazer wanted to be off I was happy to try catch 40 winks
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Starting the climb
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Then we came across these guys
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Are we nearly there yet?
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Frazer please keep to the right - it was a long way down
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Outside the pub where we stayed for the second night
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This is it as my camera got full and I didnt have another memory card but I'm sure Burnie will be posting some pictures soon.

Hope you enjoyed

Strawberries and cream if you got to the end
xxx

IrishGreenSheep
24th May 2010, 11:27 AM
Oh wow that looked like a lot of fun. Frazer is handsome chap too :)

BEX101
24th May 2010, 11:29 AM
Wow! Looks amazing. The horses must be such superstars to be so good with complete strangers getting lost/drunk on them most days.

My Crazy Clan
24th May 2010, 11:36 AM
fab photos, looks like a real good time x

sparkey
24th May 2010, 11:38 AM
That looks amazing! I would love to do that. Do you just go by yourselves or is there a guide?

beks the artist
24th May 2010, 12:18 PM
Wow I am so jealous!!!!! The riding looks similar to the riding around here (only the bridleways are impassable over the Mountains... grr) It must be an amazing experience! You all look so happy - and the horses too! xxx

vels mum
24th May 2010, 12:21 PM
Omg what fab hacking land! Looks like you guys had a blast, Fraser is a total hunk!!!!
Thanks for posting the pics!!!!

ness
24th May 2010, 12:35 PM
What fabulous pics Jane -that looked like such a fun time! What very good horses too!

GR & Me
24th May 2010, 12:38 PM
Have been waiting for this post all morning! Looks amazing. Really loved ready this post - so .. the most important question .. did you fall off this year?! Hehe - hope not!

Looked like an amazing hol! Since you told me I went on their website and really want to go!

nic
24th May 2010, 01:02 PM
Fabulous pics!! Thats probably one of the things I miss most about wales...the hacking...sigh....

Where did you go? lucky to have such brilliant weather:D

adamntitch
24th May 2010, 01:39 PM
looks amazing

i have a couple of questions where do the horses stay at night is there like a field to put them in and at the end to you ride back or does someone pic the horses and your selfs up

Burnie
24th May 2010, 02:01 PM
Yay fantastic pics Jane! Even the one where it looks as though I'm sniffing my armpit :lol:

Will probably post mine later to get you back :cheekywink:

gem
24th May 2010, 03:23 PM
Wow it looks amazing!! Can I come next year? You can pick me up on the way. I'll get a running start on the motorway and jump in. Job done :)

amandaxx1
24th May 2010, 03:23 PM
Wow that looks fantastic!!!! The horses look great too x

coloredred
24th May 2010, 04:38 PM
That looks amazing! Lovely horses you got to ride too :)

Poppy and Harmony
24th May 2010, 05:00 PM
Fab pics :D Looks like sooo much fun ;)

Mungo Madness
24th May 2010, 05:08 PM
Ohhh I sooooo want to do that, looks brilliant fun!! :D

bimba
24th May 2010, 05:26 PM
To quote the Welsh - it looks totally lush! Horses, friends, cider and sunshine, what more could a girl want?!?!?!

Puss in boots
24th May 2010, 09:29 PM
That looks like a wonderful trip, looks like you had so much fun, what stunning scenery to ride in, lovely horses too :D

daytona
24th May 2010, 09:33 PM
Right I'll try answer all your questions

That looks amazing! I would love to do that. Do you just go by yourselves or is there a guide?

You can do either but we went unguided. You are given an ordanence survey map and a detailed route description that works with the maps so its all at your own pace and time its FAB :D

Have been waiting for this post all morning! Looks amazing. Really loved ready this post - so .. the most important question .. did you fall off this year?! Hehe - hope not!

Looked like an amazing hol! Since you told me I went on their website and really want to go!

Yay Jess we managed to all stay firmly in our saddles noone parted company and all horses extremely well behaved even when a Tornado jet plane flew through the valley lower than what we were riding :eek:


looks amazing

i have a couple of questions where do the horses stay at night is there like a field to put them in and at the end to you ride back or does someone pic the horses and your selfs up

The route we took was a 3 day trail and its kinda like a circuar route we ended up at the place we started. When you stay overnight its usually at a farm B&B or a pub. For the horses the company have an arrangement with local farmers and they stay on their farms in a field. Feed grooming kits etc are delivered each day so the horses are taken care of. Its your duty as rider to look after them as if they were your own.

daytona
24th May 2010, 09:34 PM
Wow it looks amazing!! Can I come next year? You can pick me up on the way. I'll get a running start on the motorway and jump in. Job done :)

Yay Gem you should come its totally awesome.

Thanks for the great replies everyone
xxx

adamntitch
24th May 2010, 09:55 PM
thank you looks realy good i may have to look into doing something like this soon

banjo
24th May 2010, 10:05 PM
wow looks like you all had a fantastic time, and so lucky the weather was on your side

noonoo
24th May 2010, 10:10 PM
Looks like you had a lot of fun, i'd love to do something like that :D

Cobby Keri
24th May 2010, 10:22 PM
what a fabulous time you girls had, the horses look so well looked after

Loony
24th May 2010, 11:37 PM
AMAAAAZING! I so want to come! Fantastic pics, love the dramatic one next to the sign! Nutters!