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Hippo the Horse

We are back from Berkshire after a day of horseriding for me. This was David's Red Letter Day experience gift to me for Valentine's Day. We'd booked it pretty soon after 14th Feb, but I didn't want to risk booking before the Spring because I didn't particularly want rain. It couldn't have worked out better. The weather was glorious - and hot!

I was assigned a horse called Hippo. Could you imagine a better name for a horse?! ☺ Unfortunately, he was the lazy horse and sometimes refused to walk even when my 'assistant' pulled him along. But other than that, he was a sweet-natured thing and I took to him pretty well.

I've been horseriding three times before today, spanning about 15 years (!!), but I couldn't ever say I learnt anything much. Today we trotted ☺ Sure, those of you who ride are laughing, but for me that's something :) And I was even prouder because lazy Hippo responded too!

After the lesson, we spent an hour walking (well the horses did the walking) in the fields and woods near Cullinghood Stables.

Lunch followed (served on the premises) - tomato soup, lasagne, chocolate cake (and a little snooze in the car) - and then another hour in the woods. It was lovely and of course my nether regions are rather sore at the moment. But I have a 'country air' glow about me and I just know I'm going to sleep like a log tonight!



  1. Nice exeperience! hA cute name for a horse. I ve never gone horseriding.

  2. I haven't been horseriding in years!!!

  3. I LOVE experience gifts - how fun! And how hilarious that they named the horse Hippo! LoL.

    And OH YUM - that lunch sounds soooo good. It sounds like someone was spolied! ;)

  4. Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

  5. Im obcessed with experiences, so that is a genius idea to give it as a gift to someone else. Sounds like a perfect day.