Tomorrow, after a 2,5 hour drive to Værnes, I’ll board my plane to Oslo and then continue to Heathrow, UK. I’m going to spend about two weeks in Surrey at the stable I worked at in 2013, and then I’m going to Canterbury to spend several weeks at a bigger stable when I’ll do yard work in change for riding lessons.
I have had my own horses since I was 10, but actually never learned how to properly school and educate horses as the equestrian community in my town were next to none when I was younger.
After that I have been unlucky with both my college years and later my work places, as none of them offered regular riding lessons at the time. So here I am with five horses, and only the retired one knows what I’m talking about. But with no arena to work in, muddy fields and no instructor, I feel kinda stuck.
I could drive one or two horses into town once a week and pay a small fortune to attend lessons, but that’s really not tempting as my horses doesn’t like being in the trailer, and I’m not sure if I could afford paying for the lessons for more than a short period.
So therefore, I combine my “education” with a new adventure, and go abroad to do it instead. Why not? I’m having serious withdrawal symptoms as it has been way too long since my last visit to the UK.
I have no idea how it’s going to be and if I’ll like the stable I’ll be working at, but I’ll never know if I don’t try. Looks promising according to their website at least! I’m very excited but prepared for the worst just in case. I had high expectations of the first stable I worked at in Sligo, Ireland, and was very disappointed when I found out that nothing was like in the job description at all. So I think it’s better to have low expectations and be pleasantly surprised instead of having high ones and be disappionted once more.
And of course I’ve already booked and planned a theatre weekend in London, where I’ll be seeing two performances of Phantom of the Opera and FINALLY see John Owen-Jones as the Phantom (his two last performances), and then seeing it again one or two times later during my stay to see Ben Forster as the Phantom. And I’m also seeing Ralph Fiennes in Ibsen’s The Master Builder, and crossing my fingers that I’ll be able to get his autograph afterwards. I’ll be trying to attend as many performances as possible, but the rest I’ll just book spontaneously. Why waste time shopping when there’s so many shows to see?!