This was the best choice I could've made; six sessions of riding and stable management lessons. Cornwall Sports Partnership co-operated with Polmartin Riding Stables to help fund these 2 hour sessions after school on a Wednesday.

I was a bit nervous to start with as I hadn’t ridden much before, and was worried that I would be the only student of a lower riding ability. But when I arrived at Polmartin, with the other girls, I soon discovered that I wasn’t the only one. The range of ability varied from experienced riders to complete beginners.

We were then split into two groups, the A Group (experienced) and the B Group (beginners). I was in the B Group and I rode a gorgeous piebald pony called Mr Little.

In the total six hours of stable management, we learnt how to groom, tack & untack, feed and care for our horses. We were also taught the basics such as mucking out, sweeping the yard, leading horses and filling hay nets. Sometimes, we would be set homework for the following week, for example, to learn parts of the horse, or parts of the bridle and saddle.

However, for the other six hours, we had practical lessons. We started off on the lead reins walking and trotting around the sand school. If we had spare time, we would play games such as musical corners-where you walk around the school and when the music stops you trot as fast as you can to your original corners.

I really enjoyed these practical lessons and as the weeks progressed, we came off our lead reins and began to ride independently. In total, we had learnt to walk and trot independently, to use the inside and outside rein and to ride on the right diagonal.

Finally, on our last lesson, we had a test. For this, we had to put into practice everything we had learnt. Some parts of this were scary but the good news is that we all passed!

I would like to say a BIG thank you to all the staff and instructors at Polmartin, to Cornwall Sports Partnership for helping fund the sessions and to Miss Roberts for co-ordinating it all. I really enjoyed myself.

By Bayo Earl 9S

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