Inspired by reading another Wellington blog (http://www.chezlee.co.nz/) we decided to try the girls horse riding this weekend. We went to the Country Club Riding Academy (http://www.horsetrekking.co.nz/page/home.aspx) in Oharui Valley about a twenty minute drive from us.
The girls thoroughly enjoyed themselves and as it was their first time on horse back where surprisingly unfazed by the size of the pony or the speed when trotting. Our pony was called Duchess and she was very calm (bordering on half asleep) and seemed to want to spend most of the time in the corner of the arena where the sun was shining. She kept walking around with us and as we entered the sunny corner, would become unstoppable and head straight onwards towards the fence and halt with her rear end facing into the sun. Having said that she really was the perfect horse for the girls to have their first ride on. She was very gentle with them when they tried to give her very passionate cuddles at the end of the ride.
The riding centre looked fantastic and caters for all types of riders. So next weekend I may well be going on a trek myself.
Very little people on a large stubborn pony.