For Luca’s fourth birthday his Aunty Ash bought him some horse riding lessons. Luca has been riding with me before. He has had a little trot with me whilst Ash runs alongside ready to grab him. He’s always loved being at the stables and I’ve been dying to get him riding properly for ages. I couldn’t wait until he was old enough for lessons and at the weekend that day finally arrived.
We took him to the Northern Riding Centre, about a 20 minute drive from our house. We arrived and headed to reception to get him fitted for a hat. Then his lovely instructor, Tony, went and fetched his pony for him. Luca took the reins and walked Toby to the arena for his lesson.
He was a little dubious at first but I think it was more to do with Tony than Toby, the pony. He didn’t want me to leave him on his own, so I ended up walking around with him for the lesson.
I was so impressed with the level of teaching Luca received. Tony had him learning how to do a rising trot within ten minutes of being in the saddle.
By the end he was happy for me to step away and take a few photos of him. We had big smiles all around and Luca was chatting away to the Tony and being his usual cheeky self. He then dismounted and walked Toby back to his stable.
I’m so happy he enjoyed it and wants to go back for more lessons, this weekend in fact. I’m already dreaming of family days spent horse riding and going on horsey picnics together.