RETRO: They’re just horsing around

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Saddle up – and no horsing around.

If there’s one thing you can say about those who like to ride on equine animals it’s that they – unlike their four-legged friend – rarely have a long face.

Sheree Powell and Shelley Davidson give pony ride to Danielle Adam

Sheree Powell and Shelley Davidson give pony ride to Danielle Adam

Hundreds of South Yorkshire folk have enjoyed trekking down the decades with perhaps the area’s most famous club, the Hallamshire Riding Society Of Sheffield, founded in 1949.

Now, Tuesday Retro continues our weekly A-Z series of hobbies enjoyed in the region with P is for pony trekking.

“It’s a great way of seeing beautiful countryside while unwinding and getting away from the day to day stresses of life,” says Emily Davies, a keen rider of 20 years.

“You actually get great views from up on a horse – far better than you would in a car or on a bike.

Operation Treasure Hunt.  24th March 195 Horse riding

Operation Treasure Hunt. 24th March 195 Horse riding

“And it’s great exercise. It keeps you fit and active, while helping to clear your mind and just relax.”

It’s not without the odd mishap, of course. Journalist Emily, of Barlborough, has been “since I won a prize to give it a go at school” and seen her fair share of hairy moments.

“When I was 12, a horse reared up and I fell off backwards,” she says. “But I’ve never had any broken bones or anything serious.”

And this area is particularly good for riders with the Peak District and all its bridle paths prime country.

“It’s lots of fun,” says Emily. “I’d recommend it to everyone.”