Today’s post is going to be split in two parts as each part is about very different things.
I meant to make a post of the first half last week but I have been very busy with redecorating our house.
As you may know I volunteer with the RDA. If you don’t know go check out my blog post about it over here ⇒ Volunteer Work.
Volunteering has actually brought me an opportunity that I never thought I would have.
One of the ponies, Finnigan, has had laminitis and so required a rider. Although I am not an expert and still learning the majority of riding, I offered, not thinking that anyone would say yes. However they agreed!
I now ride Finnigan every Monday after the RDA session has finished. At the moment I trot and walk him around the arena for half an hour max although a couple of times now I have been lucky enough to get to jump some very low jumps.
Often the RDA instructors are still around so I sometimes get a free lesson which is of course is always welcome.
(Thank you Instructors!)
When I am in the saddle, I feel so calm, so at home and so at one with the pony below me.
I am so lucky to have this opportunity and also now, as the summer break is upon us, Finnigan will have very little exercise over the eight weeks of holiday so I have the chance to ride him now and then throughout.
I would love to raise the pole sometime in the future and up my level of riding with Finnigan.
This part of the post may be quite boring as it is just me rambling on about blogging and what not so feel free to stop reading now XD
I was looking at my stats today and was delighted to see that in 2015, the first year of my blog, StableStoreys had 2 ,155 views. I find this amazing and it made me so happy to see that something I have created was so well seen.
However I was slightly sad to see that in StableStoreys’ second year it only had 1,253 views. That’s quite a big drop of 902 views and I was annoyed with myself as that is a consequence of my terrible posting in 2016.
Seeing the difference of 902 views has really made me determined to do better in blogging for the remainder of this year and to really raise my blogs standard next year when I have hopefully finished my GCSEs
Also I have downloaded the WordPress app on my phone so hopefully I can be slightly more active when I am away from home.
Hope you all enjoyed this slightly different blog post.
What is a challenge or tag you would like to see here on StableStoreys? Horsey or other. Leave any suggestions in the comments!
So as promised last week this post is all about my current volunteer job with the RDA.
At RDA, our horses and ponies provide therapy, achievement and enjoyment to people with disabilities all over the UK.
Our network of 500 volunteer groups organise activities such as riding, carriage driving, vaulting, show jumping and Hippotherapy to up to 28,000 people each year.
We have been carrying out our life-changing activities for over 40 years, and take great pride in the exceptional standard of our instructors and volunteers (18,000 in all).
We offer activities for all age groups and, wherever possible, to people with any disability – and you’re just as likely to find an RDA Group in an urban setting as a rural one.
We rely on voluntary help, donations and legacies to deliver our services.
Taken from the RDA website > RDA
I started volunteer work with a local RDA group last summer and have no intention of stopping anytime soon.
My group teaches and provides therapy for a class of disabled kids every Monday morning.
I do have to get up at seven every Monday morning but it’s worth it. I get there at about half nine and if needed, groom and tack one of the four ponies.
Then I walk one of the ponies around to warm them up and then line up with the others at half ten when the bus arrives. I then proceed to walk alongside my chosen pony holding on to a child’s leg and ankle and helping them learn how to control a pony.
It sounds incredibly dull when you say it like that but it is actually a really rewarding and satisfactory thing to see the children learning and enjoying themselves. Sometimes it can be hard or annoying because some of the kids are more challenging than others. But it’s always worth it.
As I said in my last post it also helps me a little.
I am so glad that my mum found the RDA last year and that they took me on.
I don’t normally blog about my feelings and emotions unless it’s related to a new model, a thing I have or such the like. And when I do, those feelings and emotions are pretty much always good.
But I am human and I do have days when I just want to curl up in a ball and block out the whole world.
Blogging is one of the things that really makes me happy. I love it. It’s like it’s almost therapeutic for me.
Also crafting can make me feel great but sometimes, if I do too much then I can get really down and start thinking about the pointlessness of life, why do I exist, how we’re all going to die eventually and then I just sink in to a black hole and can’t come out until my mum gets so fed up, we end up having an argument and then I tell her my feelings and she makes it all better.
sorry if I just ruined your day
Another thing that really gets me down is seeing other people riding. Which is inescapable where we live.
It makes me jealous of the rider cause I’m not them and I wish I was, it makes me question my love of horses cause ”if loving horses so much when I can’t interact with them causes me so much pain then whats the point?” and it makes me fall down another black hole where I wish my life was that of an incredibly rich person who could pretty much have everything they ever wanted i.e. a stable full of horses, a mansion, a walk in wardrobe, a… You get the picture.
Something that really helps my lack of horses slump is my volunteer job with the RDA.
I’ve never written about this before although I have meant to and I have now decided that next weeks post will be about that.
Anyways… My volunteer job basically has me next to a horse/pony for around two hours a week. Sure it’s not riding but it still helps.
And the last thing that gets me down is my lack of friends. I have a grand total of three close friends and then two other friends. I am a social person although I pretend not to be. I need to be surrounded by people to be perfectly happy and living where I do and not going to school makes that quite hard.
The friends that I do have are brilliant and I love them all but for me five friends that I either never see or see not very often is just not enough for me to thrive.
I do have my ”online friends” as well of course but even they are few. They are great! But few.
Anywaysss I’m sorry this post has been so dreary but I never really let this stuff out and I kinda cracked today.
I’m not using this as a plea for sympathy or friendship, I just… I guess I just wanted you all to know that I’m not perfect and if I don’t post on a saturday, sometimes it’s because I haven’t been able to find the motivation or the confidence to. Or sometimes it’s because I just havn’t been bothered cause I feel crap.
Again sorry for the long dreary post, I promise next week’s will be happier.If you’ve read all the way through, thankyou 🙂
Ok so once again I’m sorry. I cant quite belive it’s been 4 months since I last posted. 4! So much has been happening and I have to post about a lot of it. In August I had guests over for a week, I was ill and I went to my friend Elva’s for three nights to film a short movie she’s written. But now to the post!
So I know this was done and dusted 8 months ago but I only just found out about it. In my usual late way. And I’ve decided to have a go. So here we go. StableStoreys takes on the Copper Fox 10 Day Challenge.
Day One ~ Inspiration day.
I get inspiration from many places.
Desktop Stables was one of the first model horse blogs I ever looked at. Nichelle’s stuff looked so amazing and it still does that I really wanted to try my own. My tack will never compare to hers but I hope that one day my standard will rise a little closer to Nichelle’s.
Tiny Horse Talk is another blog that really helped start me off. FillieFanatic’s little dolls house had me in fits when I first saw it.
I also get a lot of inspiration for my riding from real horses and real life riders. I have quite a few idols in the equine world. Carl Hester, Pippa Funnel and Mary King to name a few.
And as much as I may hate to admit it, I get inspiration from my mum. I get most of my inspiration to experiment and to make stuff from her. So thanks Mum 🙂
And some of the customs you see on google just blow me away. Like these for instance:
Credit to owners. Your work is amazing!
So um yeah. Also these pictures. Just wow.
Now I have been very bad and let my collection of horses grow. That parts fine. The bad part is that I haven’t shown any of them to you guys!
I have three new models and one of them is from my birthday which was at the beginning of October. The other two are from November. So yeah. Sorry about that
But I suppose it means that now I can do a great big blog post. YAY!!!! 😀
Here is a video introducing the two November ones. After Christmas I promise I will do one with the October pony in it.
Bonjour my rabid readers! I am back!.
Sorry about the continued Silence. I have been extremely busy and also had nothing to blog about. But now there is plenty!!
Firstly. Hello! I am back and hope to be back for good and never abandon you guys again.
Secondly. I might (MIGHT) be going to start riding lessons again! Woohooo! There is this place nearby: Nafferton Park Farm Ltd – The New Home Of Western Riding. They provide riding lessons based on the principles of Western Riding and Natural Horsemanship. Here is the link to their website:
Or I’ll have to find somewhere else. 😦
Thirdly. I have a new Schleich!!! I was away a few days ago and Jake bought me one in payment. (Long Story)
Enter the Camargue Foal!
He needs naming so PLEASE HELP!! He’ll be going up in the gallery so comment name ideas up there.
And last but not least! I am proud to present, My first pedigree horse:
Ashia Summer Dawn
(Ashka X Topsails Copper Cowboy)
Owned by: Bluebell Wood Equestrian
She is also in the gallery now.
So yeah! Lots of news. Well I got to go now but hopefully I’ll have new post soon.
THE QUESTION:Is it weird to name horses that you meet in fields? I all ways do and I wondered if this is a thing that most horse obsessed people do or if it’s just me. Please comment your thoughts below this post.
Now then. The other day I went on my bike to get some eggs from the village. On the way there you have to go past a stud farm. And I saw that there was a new foal in the field next to the road. luckily I had my camera with me so here are the results:
Then in the next field I met these guys:
They already new me and were pretty friendly.
So yeh. There are now a lot more chances that the post on this blog aren’t just about models anymore. See ya next time!
I am a terrible promise keeper! This picture is a week and seven days late because: I have been continually ill, I have been away in Sheffield and other places, I have been trying to maintain my resolutions and I have been studying. There I go making thousands of excuses!
Ahh I said it! Any way here is your promised picture. Not one of my absolout best but never the less a better than some one.
Hello! I have now improved very slightly in my health but I’m not altogether well again. Now, the purpose of this post: I have a subscription to a magazine called AQUILA (brilliant mag by the way). I got this month’s issue this morning and guess what the topic was. Horses! I was very pleased and spent the next half hour poring over it. I have, today discovered, thanks to this wonderful magazine, that horses were not discovered by Man till only 6,000 years ago. And also that George Stubbs’s (the very famous painter) most famous painting of a horse was titled ‘Whistlejacket’
So anyway I just thought I would share this most interesting discovery and and then say…