Written by Pony Club Member Leah Ruggles
On Tuesday 25th October Talygarn Pony Club Centre visited the South Wales Mounted Police Section based in Bridgend. Where eight horses are stabled. Our guide Rick was very informative. He started our tour of the yard at the Horses’ turnout paddocks. Here Rick spoke about four horses; Charlie, Marley, George and Bailey. There were also four more horses. Two in stables names Rubin and Max and two other horses Bodie and Samson out having a break for three weeks, making a total of eight.
After seeing the horses Rick took us to the feed room, and showed us what the horses were fed. I was surprised at how little the big horses are fed. Rick told us that the most important things a horse should eat are hay/haylage and grass.
We were then taken to the tack room and Rick explained that the horses are ridden in a Pelham bit with double reins and a saddle.
Rick and Charlotte tacked up and rode two of the horses, Max and Rubin. They demonstrated how the horses weren’t affected by us all jumping, screaming and waving our arms about. The horses did not spook at any of it! Rick and Charlotte then got us to stand in a huddle in the middle of the outdoor arena and showed us how easy it was to separate a big bunch of people into individuals.- this technique they use for football crowds. It was quite scary facing the large horses, no wonder it works! Rubin one of the horses spotted Olivia had polos. Rick told Olivia to start walking and Rubin followed Olivia wherever she went, we laughed as when Olivia got faster Rubin got faster- Rick told us that he has a very good sense of smell and as greedy. This has been to his advantage and he’s managed to sniff out Cannabis on several occasions easing to an arrest!
It was a fantastic day and everyone throughly enjoyed it.