On a surprisingly cool July afternoon, Jerri has four pre-teen and one just barely teenage girl in the circular outdoor arena at J & M Quarter Horses. Six-and-a-half year old Amy Pender is the youngest one currently on a horse, though her sister who’s three is also learning to ride.
Do not forget to go to the New Lanark World Heritage Village. There are rides for kids, a restaurant and shop and you can hike down to the water and see the falls that made this area suitable for cotton mills. You will see what life was like during the Industrial Revolution. The area becomes a Christmas village during the holidays. You can follow the life of Annie MacLeod where a child actor tells of her life along with filmed footage.
Wearing snug fitting garments may sound very daunting, but you will get used to them. Female horse riding is very popular of course so there are loads of different designs (and colours) to choose from. Of course, the better quality horse riding clothing that you purchase the longer it will last too. Remember, your ladies jodphurs should also be able to withstand regular bouts in the washing machine, so again quality garments pay off.
Jerri and Mark built the barn and arena facilities in 2004 to train cutting horses. Initially, they employed a full-time trainer to help as well, but the trainer has moved on to other things and so have Jerri and Mark. “We may go back to that someday, but for now we’re concentrating on the rodeos,” she said.
Cutting is a rodeo event that requires a rider to cut, or separate, a single animal – usually a calf-from the herd of cattle. Then, the horse imposes itself between the separated animal and the herd, staying between the calf and herd with low, zigzagging movements. The rider controls the horse only with his knees and must keep his hands off the reins.
Besides these fixtures, there are tons of vendors who throng the beach in the evenings. They sell anything from cut raw mango with chilli powder and salt, to a puffed rice bhel mixture, to bajji on the beach. Corn on the cob, fish fry and cotton candy are the other temptations.
If you are in need of tack then try buying used. There are many consignment shops throughout the country that offer great deals. Tack and equestrian appreal can also often be found on eBay. Also ask people around the barn, they usually have clothes and tack that they don’t need and may sell it to you for a good deal. Also check your own tack room and closet for old tack and riding clothes you no longer need. These can be sold for cash to help with the rising horse care cost.
With so many different types of scenery, it is hard to decide what the most beautiful area in Mongolia is. But Khanggai is definitely in the running. A trip here should begin with a visit to the ancient city of Karachroam, established by Ghengis Khan in 1220 and once considered the ruling point of the world. Next, you can take your pick. Visit the beautiful, green mountains and the eight lakes near their top. Or visit some of Mongolia’s most famous Buddhist monasteries like Erdene Zuu, Shankh Khiid or Thoviin Khiid. Khanggai is also home to Mongolia’s biggest waterfall, and nomadic camps of yak and cashmere goat herders to visit.