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Cannock Chase

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 7:19 pm
by 'Banastre'
So Rhys took me there - we were going to walk to the war graves but doing so in riding boots wasn't the smartest of ideas so we turned back in five minutes. Short as I am, I ended up with Summer - wonderful temperment. I thought lidimy and Annis might like the horses :lol: I had a wonderful mental image of me in a Dragoon uniform... but the sore *rse and blisters after really made that little daydream a little soured. Still, I'd do it again in more comfortable boots!



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Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:07 pm
by lidimy
Wow, looks like a beautiful place to go riding in! :D

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 9:12 pm
by 'Banastre'
It was! 26 square miles (or kilometres, one of the two) of terrain like that then heathland and dense forest.

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:17 pm
by Zachos
Lovely horses, and scenery. Are you riding downhill perchance?

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2008 10:23 pm
by Annis
ooh! I like the skewbald horse!! :D You look a like scared on Summer, unless you just so happened to be sitting strangely at that point!

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:10 am
by 'Banastre'
Zachos - Yep, I think we were. *searches her memory* Yes, we were heading off the hill to do some trotting on better ground.

Annis - Well Summer had just decided to send up a spray of horse snot at the time :lol:

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 3:59 pm
by Annis
'Banastre' wrote:Annis - Well Summer had just decided to send up a spray of horse snot at the time :lol:


:lol: urgh, nice!

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 4:12 pm
by 'Banastre'
Annis wrote:
'Banastre' wrote:Annis - Well Summer had just decided to send up a spray of horse snot at the time :lol:


:lol: urgh, nice!


A *lovely* shower :P

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:01 pm
by James The Archer
They're a bit on small side for me, Went ridding on my boy (well 1/2 my boy) over weekend, just started again after he had bit of lameness, now got to both of us fit! Mind you had an "interesting" moment or two when he got spooked by birds flying out of hedge.

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 8:24 pm
by Izabela Pitcher
a fantastic place to go riding or hunting if you are around Devon:
www.offpisteriding.co.uk

Absolutely marvelous horses and great people. and exploring Exmoor on horseback is unforgettable.
I came across them 2years ago and I return twice a year for a week's hunting each spring and autumn. abnd uysually have some time in between to practice some skills at arms in a paddock as well:_)

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 9:51 pm
by lidimy
Izabela, those horses look stunning! I'd never have guessed that ex race horses, could become so adaptable to off roading!

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:15 pm
by Izabela Pitcher
they are not also stunners and of great character - their stamina is unbelievable. I remember a hunt that lasted almost 8 hours, in rain and gale force wind, ion one of the most difficult terrains - and I was shattered and the horses were just pleasently tired, still rearing to go . and the final chase was about 40min of canter...

the terrain - well, when I first looked at all the bracken, swamp, bog, pebbles and holes, I was convinced that we would be able just to walk there... however the horses know the terrain so well, that I simply cantered on with the others - and just avoided looking down. once you know the land a bit better, you get more confident where the going is good, but at first I trasted the steed and that was not such a bad thing.
in other words, an unforgettable experience:-)

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2008 10:34 pm
by Izabela Pitcher
they are not also stunners and of great character - their stamina is unbelievable. I remember a hunt that lasted almost 8 hours, in rain and gale force wind, ion one of the most difficult terrains - and I was shattered and the horses were just pleasently tired, still rearing to go . and the final chase was about 40min of canter...

the terrain - well, when I first looked at all the bracken, swamp, bog, pebbles and holes, I was convinced that we would be able just to walk there... however the horses know the terrain so well, that I simply cantered on with the others - and just avoided looking down. once you know the land a bit better, you get more confident where the going is good, but at first I trasted the steed and that was not such a bad thing.
in other words, an unforgettable experience:-)

Posted: Sat Mar 01, 2008 9:16 pm
by Thrud
Cannock Chase!!!!

AAarrrrrggghhhhhh....

I used to have to do cross-country on Cannock chase.

Posted: Wed Mar 12, 2008 7:19 pm
by bourbon
This is very very close to where the Ferrers household hail from at least the Chairman

Posted: Fri Mar 14, 2008 7:16 pm
by tonw
And where we should be training :roll:

Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 1:40 am
by purple peril
Thrud wrote:Cannock Chase!!!!

AAarrrrrggghhhhhh....

I used to have to do cross-country on Cannock chase.


Really? I used to go orienteering there when I was still at school :)

Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2008 9:04 pm
by Thrud
My school was only a few miles from the chase.

Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2008 1:37 pm
by Philippa de Vere
Thrud wrote:My school was only a few miles from the chase.


Mine too (Aelfgar). I clearly remember taking part in the annual sponsored 10 mile walk across those hills.