We often have requests from various people, such as new members of staff or people new to town who have heard of us, to see if they can come visit the animals and for their children to ride a horse. Also, we get contacted by people who want to join Pony Club but don't realise they need a horse to do so - and, of course, don't want to buy one in case their horse mad child actually doesn't enjoy being lifted high up onto half a tonne of a beast that you've been told has a bitey end and a kickey end!
Being suckers nice people, we now have a number of small humans who enjoy coming out to give love and carrots to the animals, and to have a ride on the horses. We have Mia and Sayde (our youngest riders), Ryan the Sheriff and his sister Maddie the Reluctant Cowgirl, and GI Joseph. Joseph's mum, Sarah, is also learning to ride. She's in love with Driza (who wouldn't be!) and has discovered how therapeutic being around her favourite horse can be. We also have our own slave Willing Helper in Tayla who we put to work in exchange for riding Grace here and at Pony Club. Tayla’s mum, Greer, has been educating Smokey for us - but not long after coming back into work he managed to cut his leg and it is taking an age to heal. He runs around the paddock like a spring chicken but can't be ridden, crafty bugger.
Thanks to our wonderful friends Ann and Kerry, we have been able to borrow Bucky for the littlies. Bucky is 14.2 hands high, and just as wide! Nothing phases her so she will be perfect. I think that even the Reluctant Cowgirl will enjoy riding her around the round yard.