This mare will always hold a special place in my heart. Angie was given to me after being left in a field for many years.
Angies’ story is sadly a common one. She was raised to be a trotter. She was too slow for the task and sold in a neglected state. Prior to coming to me, she was in a field for two years and spent much of that having to be treated for a bad injury she had from the trotting owners at her wither. It was so bad it developed a maggot infestation and took both time and patience to heal.
The owner who cared for her in that time decided to give her to me as she wasn’t doing anything. When I got her, she was hairy, skinny and in desperate need of TLC. Grooming, feeding and general care soon brought her back to life and there started a path of discovery.
Angie was broken to ride but not very well. She could walk. She would trot but canter was an issue. She didn’t understand leg or body aids. She understood voice quite well but got confused when using the aids too.
Angie was an incredibly willing mare who always gave 110% but a lot of the work with her had to be focused on learning the language of communication. Riding is a form of communication between horse and rider. For Angie, she wasn’t fluent in the language and therefore I had to take a few steps back to establish her understanding of what was wanted. I achieved this through a mix of lunge work and ridden work as she didn’t quit understand lunging and stressed more doing it than riding, and she was also a fast learner.
Before I knew it she established the basics and was working her way along the training scale.
Angie also had a very hidden talent that nobody had taken the time to realise. She was a superb jumper.
The first time she went over a fence loose, she didn’t just jump the fence, she jumped the whole upright. I was gobsmacked. Again, as her flatwork progressed so did her confidence. Angie loved jumping!
She’s one I’ll always remember and appreciate having had. I’m happy to have had a chance to find her inner talent that people just left standing in a field and I’m delighted to say she ignited a belief in myself.
Thank you Angie.