As the days begin to brighten here the workload begins to increase. Endless assignments and a lot of preparation for a week of giving riding lessons to school kids next week! We are practicing ‘smalabraut’ a lot at the moment with our school horses. It’s basically an obstacle course and a part of building both trust with our horses.
We have a competition series within the school and I took part with my school horse mostly to enjoy it and also to put a little bit of pressure to her and see how she would handle it. Fortunately I’m happy to say I both enjoyed it and was pleased with the outcome which for those of you that know me better is quite something.
Outside of school I have 3 other horses that I am training in my extra time to both practice what I learn and to have something to do other than just studying.
At the moment I am studying the feeding of sport horses, practical teaching, riding and anatomy. That will all change after a few weeks when I have exams in the feeding and anatomy courses, then there is some more riding and one less ‘classroom subject’!
We feel the full force of winter here in the north of Iceland often having to just hope that the road is where you think it is when driving. It’s not uncommon that there is too much snow to ride outside and some days I can train my extra horses because the riding ways haven’t been cleared! So whilst the Icelandic winter may look charming and beautiful it’s mostly just a nuisance!!