An Alnwick riding club got off to a storming start at its opening event of the season last week.
Storm, one of the residents of Shipley Lane Equestrian Centre, near Alnwick, was painted up by equine body worker Katy Carr to show off the different muscle groups of a horse.
Members of Shipley Lane Riding Club then learned and practised a range of massage techniques designed to improve the horse’s circulation and relieve muscle tension.
Storm’s owner Terri Harries said: “Storm seemed quite impressed with his makeover and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the event.’’
The club is a non-profit-making organisation which was started two years ago with the aim of developing members’ knowledge of horse care and welfare, as well as introducing them to different aspects of horsemanship, such as western, side-saddle and carriage-driving.
“Anyone with an interest in horses can join,” said Jane Brook, one of the founder members. “In fact, over 30 per cent of our members don’t own a horse and because we have a mixture of ridden and non-ridden activities, you don’t even have to be able to ride to join in and have fun’’.
Those who can ride, but don’t own their own horse, can use one of the well-schooled horses at the centre.
Sue Bellamy, programme secretary, said: “We have a great programme of events coming up, including a visit to the Farrier’s forge, a trip to Hexham races and an introduction to the equestrian sport of Trec.’’
The club runs fortnightly on Tuesday evenings from April to October.
Anyone interested in joining can contact Jane Brook on email@example.com or ring Terri Harries on 0771 3156782, or message the club on Facebook.