Nickers One of he hardest decisions I have made was moving that horse on. I had no riding experience when I brought her and she was really green, but Savanah taught me and she was patent and a very forgiving horse.
The day I decided to move her on was at a trek. The others had already gone and I was behind the 8 ball that day. I changed my mind and saddled her up knowing all I had to do was hang on Savannah would find the other horses. Well I took her out into the paddock and could not find a hump to stand on At 17.2 hands I could not get on her without a box to stand on. Well that was it at a trek and could not get mounted.
I wandered back to the float area and there were some kids playing tennis on the courts at the end of the parking area so I wanderd down to watch, Savannah with me still saddled up.
I stood with her her shoulder just behind mine and I watched the kids play and I noticed she was also watching and as my head turned from left to right watching the action I noticed Savannah was also doing the same.
That is not the first time she had mimicked me. When I work with my horse the first thing I do is have them walk at my side a yard out and their head just behind me. If I suddenly turn right they follow, left they follow and so on, stopping, and starting, backing up. Its what I do to get their attention and put them in the fram of mind to work. Well on this particular day I was working with Patches in the same paddock as Savannah who was 30 yards away from me and going through my routeen Savanah was watching and mimicking She is a smart horse.
Why did a let her go She was 17.2 hands and still growing I could not get on her without a ladder. I could not ride her in the bush she would go under the branches and I had to learn to ride indian style. If at a gallop the sods she would kick up were big enough to knock some one to close out of their saddle. Roslyn used to complain they hurt.
So Nickers she was just to big for me. I have kept tabs on her and know where she is. Savannah is a clyde TB cross she threw to the clyde side.
She who must be obeyed
My grand son and Savannah