We started off on Thursday with a Therapeutic Driving Session for a visitor. Therapeutic Driving is a therapeutic intervention where horse and cart/carriage are utilised for therapeutic work with people with identified needs. Since 2011, we run sessions from our place in therapeutic driving and therapeutic riding as well as equine assisted learning, and if this caught your interest, find out more on equineassistedinterventions.com!
On Friday we went out for a drive with Winnie and the cart and Henry came along as side horse, trotting alongside Winnie - this way, he gets his daily exercise and I don't need to do two separate trips. (Hopefully, soon our two-horse cart will be made, and then I can drive them on the road as a team!)
On Saturday, we ran our first course this year - 'Introduction to logging with horses', and Henry excelled at helping to teach a group of newcomers how to pull timber out of the woods in a low-impact way.
Sunday was our leisure day out, and we went to the West Cork Trec League - only to come back with a red rosette for our collection! Henry jumped the 'jumps' and walked the 's-bend' and trotted the 'bending poles' and perfected the 'immobility', just to name some of the obstacles he had to master in the Trec obstacle course.
And we didn't even start to work with Henry and the plough, the harrow, the seed drill...he has more talents than you could fit into a weekend!
So, Monday was his well-deserved day off, whilst I had to go off to work, using my other talents...