For those of you who would like the experience of working with a particular horse on a regular basis have you ever thought of sharing one of our horses?
This is something only to be considered by the more capable rider as a certain degree of knowledge and ability is essential and it does offer the opportunity to take your riding to the next level.
Equally for anyone considering buying a horse in the future, sharing is an excellent introduction to what is involved and also gives considerable insight to what owning a horse entails without the full commitment of purchase.
Anyone wishing to discuss sharing a horse should phone Yard Manager Nicky at the riding stables on 0208 546 6361
BOBBY our beloved little shetland pony was put to sleep at the grand old age of 28yrs old. BOBBY had a long and happy life at Kingston Riding Centre, It was 1982 when our vet at the time Michael Simons asked us if we wanted to give a home to a rescued shetland that was bought at Southall Market by a travelling man. BOBBY was only 2 yrs old at the time so the man took him home to his garden and asked Michael to help find him a permanent home. We went to see BOBBY in his garden, he was quite happy running around this very unkept garden but BOBBY was also allowed in the mans house which was quite amazing BOBBY would go through the kitchen to the lounge, rest his head on the back of the seat and watch the TV!! We bought him together with a little cart which BOBBY was happy to pull and took him home. BOBBY did lots of charitable work and tought many ,many children to ride . He will be sadly missed by so many children and devoted staff at Kingston past and present.
On the way to the Richmond Park from KRC, there is a blue plaque on the wall of no. 2 Liverpool Rd indicating that Eadweard Muybridge, photographer, lived there.
Eadweard Muybridge was born in 1830 at 30 High Street, Kingston, but did most of his pioneering photographic work in the USA.
One of the things he did which is of special interest to riders was to provide the first accurate information about the gaits of the horse. This work came about because in 1872 Leland Stanford,a former governor of California and a racehorse owner, hired him to help settle the question of whether all four of a horse’s hooves left the ground at the same time when it was in gallop.
To do this Muybridge developed a system to photograph different stages in the horse’s movement. This involved setting up a row of cameras 21 inches apart alongside a track, with very thin trip wires. These were broken by the horse as it passed through them, which activated the cameras’ shutters. Put together the photographs looked like a motion picture. The photographs showed that in fact all four hooves actually do leave the ground when they are tucked under the horse. Previously people had apparently believed that they left the ground when the legs were extended. That must be one of the reasons that old pictures of galloping horses like the ones in KRC bar look so odd.
Eadweard Muybridge went on to achieve worldwide fame by photographing many sorts of animals, and also humans, in movement. He became known as the father of motion pictures.
He died in 1904 while he was living at the house of his cousin, the one with the blue plaque.
You can find out more about his eventful life in Wikipedia.
He bequeathed his equipment and prints to Kingston Museum.