We loved to train our animals, all and any animals. None escaped our commitment and practice sessions to provide experience and amusement.
Our parents entertained quite often, with afternoon tea parties as one of the most popular events. Family and friends were invited together with their children for an afternoon of great food, and fun and games for the children.
It seemed all our child visitors, as soon as they became aware we had horses, only wanted one thing, and that was to ride the horses.
We had become used to these demands and were usually well prepared to ensure the horse riding activities took as little time as possible. It was too much like work for us. After all we looked forward to the entertainment and special treats which ensured.
The four Carter children , the stars in the book. Richard was the eldest, followed by Brian, Elizabeth and Judith. Richard is holding a stock whip, which he often practiced whipping, using his siblings as subjects.
Teaching the dogs to ride the horses. There were times we needed to have the dogs ride the horses with us. This training familiarised the dog to learn to balance while riding. We kept the horse on a lead while training. Our ponies were ‘fool proof’ and accepted most exercises we subjected them to.
Mischief the Shetland pony was the smallest, and the favourite for all the visitors who wanted to ride our horses. Mischief had years of experience with hundreds of children, and he also had some tricks that he played on them. His first and favourite was to take them under the Willow Tree. There was a low lying branch, which removed the children very quickly. No child or animal was ever badly hurt. Most children never asked for a second ride on Mischief.
Collage of the 4 cartoon drawings completed to date.
Riding back to front is very easy, but it all depends on the pony involved.