Our horseback adventure
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July 30th, 2009 – by: sophiewil24
Yesterday we had a very lazy morning as we were shattered after all of our travelling and very early morning wake-ups.
We arrived at the farm, and saw that there were 6 horses waiting for us (as a Dutch family of 4 were joining us for the tour). After a few minutes which we spent signing our lives away in the form of waivers about the dangers of horseriding, and then all of a sudden we were being helped onto our horses.
The ´riding instructions´were also rather basic - ´if you want to go left pull left, if you want to go right pull right, to stop pull back´. Suddenly I was very thankful of those Easter holidays I spent at the Ridgway Stables, however basic and forgotten my knowledge may have been. Rusty seemed rather less comfortable, as his horse kept going off for something to eat (like horse, like rider it seemed).
Before too long, however, we were off.
The route was really beautiful and took us up the hills, and across fields with cows and goats in. We went through a couple a rivers, which was pretty cool and up some rather steep paths, but by now I had began to trust my horse, Coqueta. The family didn´t seem to speak to much English, so I missed out on some of what they were saying about the wildlife, but Rusty managed to translate most of it for me.
After about an hour of riding, we reached the top and dismounted. It seemed wierd that the family didn´t tie the horses up, but just left them standing where they were. They were very obedient, as most of them remained in the same places an hour later when we got back on. The other two, which had been making a break for freedom, it seemed, were soon rounded up and brought back to their riders.
In the time at the top of the hill, which was waiting for the sunset, a game of football was started. This was obviously well planned, as there were goals already set up in the trees, and soon a rather competetive game had started. I even joined in, showing off the best of my (rather unexistant skills), but managed to get in a few tackles (I think I may have got the ball through pity rather than any skill however).
As with the volcano, the descent was actually rather worse than the ascent, as it felt often like we were going to fall off the front of the horse. The clouds began to close in as we went down, and soon it was getting dark. This was actually quite fun, as when we went back through the trees there were fireflies everywhere, which were fascinating to watch. We had been told that this tour would take 2 hours, and, having started at 3pm, we were still out riding at about 6.00pm.
Once we got back to the family´s house, the mother had prepared some drinks and cakes for us, which was very generous and much appreciated.
Once we got back from this tour, the bus was apparently going to be another 20 minutes, so we didn´t end up getting home until 10 to 8! It was a great afternoon though, much enjoyed by both of us.
We were so tired by the time we got back that we decided to put the kitchen to good use, and went on another trip to the supermarket to get some pasta and tomato sauce to satisfy our student stomachs!
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