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Today is not a perfect day. It’s still howling with wind, and pouring with rain, and I have been stuck indoors most of the day.

A perfect day involves being outside for most of the day. It involves playing with my horses, going for a walk, going for a ride, going off on adventure. I don’t actually have to ride For time with the horses to be enjoyable and worthwhile. Don’t get me wrong, I’d ride every day if I could, but I ride to be around horses, as opposed to being around horses in order to be Abel to ride. So I get just as much pleasure from handling them on the ground, or just being around them, as I do from riding; sometimes even more. I am actually one of those people who takes a perfectly rideable horse for a walk in hand from time to time.

Let’s face it. Six years ago I was struggling to keep two horses on livery. Whilst I dreamt about having my own little yard and land, if you had told me how quickly that would become reality I would’ve laughed in your face. So excuse me if I sound a little bit too smug here, but I am living the dream. Yes there are some difficult days, and no I don’t like this weather, but only have to walk out of my back door and my horses are there. What could be more perfect than that?