Rosie's first week
Equitatio has a new arrival. Having said goodbye to Maisie, I was left with a choice; do I look for another horse or do I concentrate solely on client horses. This question was answered when I was asked to hack out a cob mare so that the owner could video her to send to a prospective buyer. Despite having only met the horse once before for 5 minutes, I instantly felt safe on her. I could relax on her, she wasn't a ploddy cob but neither did she feel on edge or tense. I'd forgotten how much fun riding could be. As I left that day I told the owner that if her sale fell through she may have a home for Rosie with me.
The sale fell through just as the owner went away for 10 days leaving me to ride Rosie. In those 10 days we jumped, hacked both alone and in company, lunged and schooled. It wasn't all plain sailing, even with a head collar left on it could take anywhere between 10-60 minutes to catch Rosie with a bucket of feed and she had a habit of moving off when being mounted. Once on though she was a fun safe ride. She gave me a focus and stopped me dwelling on losing Maisie.
At this point Rosie has been on the island for 5 weeks, has been with me for 1 and has been back in work for 7 weeks. She hadn't seen a pole before arriving on the island but will jump anything she is pointed at. She has been driven around Blackpool by gypsies and hacked round Yorkshire by gypsies, before having at least 1 foal.
Her first week at Strenaby has been quite full on, she's in the field I had Maisie in on her own, which makes her much easier to catch (after 2 days I took her headcollar off). We've hacked, schooled, jumped and ridden round the farm. I've even had an unintentional dismount but we improve together every day.
I'm looking forward to the future with her, though she'll need lots of hard work, especially with her schooling which at the minute is virtually non existent.