There is a new, young horse a few stalls along from me who has just been bought for the riding school. He seems a nice enough person, although still a bit anxious and wary of the goings on in a very busy yard. Today, one of the staff came in and went to brush him. I don't think he saw her as he was eating his haylage so he jumped a little. She wasn't cross with him but she said, 'Look, you're a riding school horse now. Just get used to it.' I was getting my daily groom from my owner at the time and it made me realise just what a lucky pony I am to have someone special to love me. There are lots of horses that belong to the riding school and although they are well looked after, many of them will never know what it is to have a special person.
Here are some photos of riding school ponies, past and present. Special thoughts to them and to other working horses all over the world. . . . .