From the moment she was out of hospital Lily was immediately introduced to our ponies at the time, but always with pint sized Leo, our now 20 year old ride and drive Shetland, in mind as her first mount.
Leo was purchased as a driving pony around the same time I became pregnant with Lily and so in time he was always destined to become her first
Driven competitions and shows took up many weekends in the early stages of owning Leo but as Lily got older he also began to take on the role as a lead rein pony with Lily taking part in her first ridden show at the age of two. Leo looked after her every step of the way and took to the job like a duck to water. On their first outing together they took home the red ribbon and at the second triumphed with a trophy.
After Lily started to show a fascination with side saddle riding (I blame many Disney princess books) we bit the bullet and had a stunning childrens side saddle (Pilch saddle) made by Rob Jenkins of Malvern Saddlery. This was a decision based on the theory that life really is far too short and it wont be too long before Lily outgrows Leo and so wanted the pair to have a much fun as possible while they still can. In addition we also captured some beautiful photos which we will treasure forever.
A three year old going on four riding sidesaddle gained quite a few onlookers at local shows and Lily enjoyed telling judges how much she loved Leo and riding side saddle. These days it is quite a battle to persuade her to ride astride rather than aside.
And so tomorrow is the big day, Lily’s first day at school …. lets hope it’s a good one.
02 Sep 2015