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 🙂
Again I think this is my fave as the light flare is so pretty :3
Happy Saturday everyone!
Quick Question: What kind of content would you guys like to see here?
So yesterday was a lovely day and as they have been rare recently, I dashed out for a model photoshoot.
I think the above is my favourite.
Which ones do you like best?
I’ve got some more which I’ll put up next week 🙂