The story of Angie 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. She spent much of that being treated for a bad injury. It was so bad it developed a maggot infestation and took both time and patience to heal.
When I got her, she was hairy, skinny and in desperate need of TLC. Grooming, feeding and general care brought her back to life. There started a path of discovery.
Angie was broken to ride. However, not very well. Walk and trot were fine. However canter was an issue. She didn’t understand leg or body aids. However, she understood voice very well!
Angie was an incredibly willing mare who always gave 110%
A lot of the work had to focus on learning the language of communication. Riding is a form of communication between horse and rider. Angie wasn’t fluent in the ridden language. As a result, I had to take a few steps back to establish her understanding. I achieved this through a mix of lunge work and ridden work.
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. Gobsmacked is the word alright. Her flatwork progressed. Therefore 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. Consequenty she ignited a belief in myself.
The story of Angie is over for this chapter. She’ll always hold a special place in my heart.
Thank you Angie.