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Queen continues her favourite Pony ride even in her early 90s

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Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 07:09 GMT, Apr 21, 2015 |
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The Queen shows no sign of giving up the pastime she has loved since childhood. Yes, the Queen rides Carltonlima Emma, one of her favourite ponies even in her age of 89. Wearing her usual riding get-up of a silk scarf over her hair, she is accompanied by her stud groom Terry Pendry on a gentle hack around the estate.

It is true that she doesn’t ride as regularly as she did, due in part to a niggling knee injury. And she now prefers to ride smaller fell ponies, a versatile working breed renowned for their steady temperament.

It is remarkable to think that she is a woman rapidly approaching the age of 90 but still goes for pony rides. And the ponies she rides now are fairly small and stocky but clearly are a more comfortable ride.

One aspect of her riding remains unchanged, however – her refusal to wear a hard hat, which has sparked concerns over her safety in the past. Though she was requested to wear a crash helmet, her answer was this- ‘I never have and you don’t have to have your hair done like I do.’ Rospa, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, urges all riders ‘whether or not they are in the public eye’ to wear a hat in order to reduce the severity of head injuries should they fall.

But recently a spokesman for the British Equestrian Health and Safety Association described the monarch as ‘old school’ and said the fact that she is still riding in her early 90 s is a ‘good advert for how riding keeps people fit.