ill try not to make it to long but I have had this horse since I was 13, and im now 20.
If you don't wanna read it all skip to the last paragraph
He was a bad ass, lol. Had a bad rep for being 'naughty', bucking, scared of farriers/men, PC people didnt like him much either and all that :roll: on the second day I was trying him out he descided to buck me off , resulting in me fracturing my wrist and getting a migrane at the same time....woopy. Lol. The owner said " oh, suppose you don't want him now". And I said , whilst cradelling my arm, and straining with a headace " oh na , ill still have him ".
So yea once my arm healed I started to get into riding him and getting him back into work. ( previous owners hadnt ridden him as often as they should have )
That took about 2 years. Haha. To get him to be actualy sival
( sp? ). He was incredibly spooky. As in if he saw somthing scary he would spin around in one fast movment and try and take off in the other direction. If he didnt want to go somewere he would fight to turn back. To sum him up, he was pretty untrusting. He was also a hopless jumper.
An incredable amount of patients was needed on my behalf. I had to learn how to tell when he was genuanly scared as apposed to when he was testing ( both of which he did very often). We also ended up going to pony club after awhile , which I did notice he didnt enjoy. I also found he didnt really enjoy being ridden in paddocks, and he absoultly despised any flat work or dressage. But after mostly doing trail riding , which he loved he became more willing to do other things, more along the lines of what I wanted to do, like jumping. As he started jumping logs down the beach for me , I moved to jumping in the paddock, and he was more willing to try. Bare in mind he would refuse jumps most of the time no matter how small, sending riders ( especially me ) flying over his head. But after a few years I was actually able to get him over a 90cm-1m jump 8) Something of which one of his previous owners ( not the one I bought him off) literally dropped her jaw at when I told her, hehe.
Other amazing feats....were he was eventually trusted enough to teach my 8 year old cousin to ride on
And my mum. That involved off the lead and and to the point my cousin was learning to canter on him.
But yea I have had every experience under the sun on him, lol. We have done so much. From, swimming with him, getting stuck in mud up to his stomach,he got attacked by a dog when out riding and stayed perfectly still, only kicked it when it actually bit him, have fallen of more times than I can remember. I even used to gallop bare back over motor bike hills on him at the beach.
He had had a hard life. He was firstly used as a childs hunter horse, and for that to work he apparently had to be kept rediculously skinny
When my friend bought him ( we didnt even know each other back then tho) he was starved and living in the rough bushes of some farm.He was bought from them, and I don't wanna dis my friend but she was a nurvous young rider then and became scared of him ( as she told me)..hed bucked her off and stuff like that :roll: . He was sold again to the people I bought him off were he was kinda just a horse to ride for a boy who kinda couldnt ride.
I feel he wasnt given a chance to feel a friendship from people. They frightened him a little, he was ok with kids tho , funny enough. And yea I feel I gave him that chance
So yea I promised him id never sell him as he's my baby boy. He's 18 going on 19 now. And I have just last year taught him to shake hands :P lol. He's my clever boy. And I do feel he trusts me greatly more than any one else
Woah maby I should write a book or novel about this
lmao, sorry it was so long....so much has happened in owning him.