A while ago a friend from work mentioned that she goes horseback riding in Hungary and invited me to come along with her. I declined. After all, I do have a horse here and driving to Hungary just to gor for a ride didn’t make much sense to me.
A few months passed and another very good friend of mine started talking about wanting to go horseback riding again, as she had been as a child, but not in over 10 years. Once again the topic of going to Hungary came up and this time we agreed we’d give it a try. After weeks in which the weather was more than awful we finally packed our things and drove to Hungary yesterday.
We spent over two hours trotting through the forest or along wine gardens. We let the hungarian puszta pass us by as we let our horses run in full galopp across the fields. The sun was shining, the wind still cool though and the time way too short.
We rode along Lake Neusiedl and through reeds, through vine branches and trees. The view, my god, the view was nothing short of breathtaking!
I will shut up now and let the pictures do the talking.
[Above: An old wine cellar we discovered on our ride up the hill. | Below: The breathtaking view. Hills, vineyards and Lake Neusiedl in the background.]
[Above and Below: Lake Neusiedl is surrounded by lots and lots of reeds. So were we.]
[Above and Below: Picnic at the lake. The perfect end for a perfect day.]
Exactly one year ago I sat on Sargon for the first time. After about two years in which I was at the stables frequently but never in the saddle I was given the opportunity to ride and care for this pretty, yet mischievous arabian gelding. I was told that he isn’t that easy to handle and spooks easily but I think the two of us get along quite well.
In the year together we’ve had a lot of great experiences. We’ve trained for a little fun tournament at the stables, we’ve learned together and accomplished a lot. However, we’ve also had some great rides through the forest – on late summer evenings or on sunny winter mornings, through meters of fluffy snow. We’ve had our ups and downs, sure (like that one time when he tripped and we both fell together), but I’m just so glad and happy to have been given this opportunity.
Now that we’ve finally left this long winter behind us we can start to train again, days are longer and filled with more possibilities – we know each other better and I couldn’t be more excited.
[Above and below: we’ve had lots of snow and it provided us with our very own winter wonderland.]
[Above: we’ve had our fair share of ups…. | Below: … and downs.]
[Above: we had fun in the woods during summer… | Below: … and enjoyed colourful leaves in autumn.]
(I apologise for the different sizes, colourings and qualities of these pictures. I never take my Canon with me when I’m ON a horse so these were mostly taken with my phone.)
After slaving away with Sargon for one hour (for the first time this year, mind you!) and then taking pictures (see here and here) it was time for some well deserved fun. Since my pony is a huge spoilsport I had to borrow my friend’s (sometimes problematic, but really quite clingy and affectionate) lipizzan gelding. He loves to get treats play catch and it’s a lot of fun! He get’s really into it (and so do I). : )