'Fraid old legs need to warm up without added weight of a rider, so your walking for the first bit!
along the road...
on to the off road track
you spot some local wildlife (which inspires you to sing 'three craws'! )
nearly ready for his rider
end of the off road track and our neighbouring farm (which is also a livery yard)
time to spring on board!
riding down the quiet country road
and being carefully watched by the inhabitants of the field!
heading towards the busy residential area (behind the fence is the city bypass) but dont worry, your mount is road proof!
being a sensible rider you put the camera away for the road, and just as well as you pass numerous cars, buses, motorbikes, council road repair van's, and the odd push bike! (all without misshap)
turn off the busy road and you pass the pony black hole!!! Which must be past with extream caution incase you are sucked into it and spat out in some parallel universe where ponies are not the most important thing!!
but all is well, and you venture into the dark tunnel that is the private road!
breath in, you have to fit between the car and the wall!
but you are rewarded for tackleing the dark tunnel and narrow gaps with the sight of an open field!! Hold on tight, your going for a canter! (all the way along the tree line - and a very nice, speedy but smooth and controled canter it was!)
then it's back the way you came, through the posh houses...
view from the top of the canter path (the yards down there somewhere!)
you have another canter but spot a pile of wire a little late and just manage to steer away from it but you hear your pony clip it with a hind leg so pull up, pop off and check his leg. All is well, but he's puffing so you lead him while he gets his breath back
another gate to negotiate
walking down through the cow field
back on board and walking through the farm
on the homeward stretch now
just one more hill, and thankfully its downwards!
your decide to walk the last bit as your steed has carried you so willingly
nearly home (the yard fields are just behind that fence)
2 1/2 hour later, untacked, and sweaty legs hosed down
time for a treat!
Thankyou B for carrying us through perilous country side, facing many terrors with the bravery of a knight!
(a big slice of tripple choc cake if you made it to the end!!)
Aww, what a happy pony He's the sort of guy that just makes you grin as soon as you see his little face - looks like a lot of fun, would love to have been with you for real - though I think your post was the next best thing!