Over the Queens Birthday weekend, my boyfriend and I did the half day ride with lunch.
So… I (Maria) had a nasty horse riding experience when I was younger and for the better part of 15 years have been absolutely terrified of 'getting back on the horse' - so to speak.
From the first phone call to BHA, I knew this would be an experience of a lifetime. The lovely old man who answered my call asked whether I was a beginner - to which I replied "yes" and I went on to tell him about what had happened to me 15 yrs earlier. He replied "I'm sorry that you had that experience years ago, we will make sure that your experience with us is a positive and memorable one". How lovely - I was sold!
After a brief and amusing introduction to horse riding 101 by Clay and with my heart racing at a million miles an hour, we were perfectly matched to our horses (Snowy for me) and off we went for an adventure of a lifetime!!
This was a true personal challenge for me and the sincere concern, attention and care for me by the whole team - especially Daisy and Flo - was so meaningful and deeply appreciated!
I managed to trot (well sort of...) but was too scared to canter and was not at any time made to feel like I had to do anything I was uncomfortable with. At one point, whilst the others went off being the 'man/woman from snowy river', spent some time alone with Daisy who taught me so much in that short 20 mins or so and really put my mind at ease. The nerves faded and I then noticed Snowy slowly responding to me - as I was obviously riding more efficiently and confidently with Daisy's unbelievable guidance. I LOVED the river crossings!
This was not only an amazing and emotional day for myself (and my boyfriend) but a true bucket list moment that I will never EVER forget.
Eternally grateful to Daisy and Flo for their patience and kindness - I (and my friends) will be back! I felt safe the entire time and would do it again in a heartbeat!
Lunch was also delicious - definitely catered for the vegos of this world (me). Yummy!
Many many thanks to all and keep up the amazing work you do.
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