My competition days are over, I just do not have the time to do the work involved so I work with the younger ones and make them do the hard work whilst I sit on the bench in the arena making them sweat and ache!
Funny thing about 'finding' horses, I have a 15.1 chestnut gelding that was bought by a dear friend of mine. Unfortunately I think he was doped hen she tried him. She did everything right, tried the horse - took him for a day fox hunting, decided to buy him and arranged - via me, as the horse was in this area, to have him vetted. My vet passed him sound so he went to his new home. The vetting took place a week after the trial and she was not present when he was vetted.
He got very strong and out fox hunting put a foot in a hole and Nick came down and broke her neck. It was touch and go but she survived and although doing very well could be classed as 'walking wounded'
Horse came to me to be sold, no one could hold one side of him and he was lacking trust in people and knew he was stronger than a human. He would set his neck when being led to the field and take off. A chain over his nose helped but was not the answer. He was very wary in the stable, could kick the eye out of a fly if you tried to do anything along his belly or between his back legs. He would jump to his feet if he was lying down and he heard you coming.
Took me a while of being very determined with him but he came around. I would trust him with a baby in the stable, I can do anything I like with him and if he is lying down when I go to tack him up I can put his bridle on and all he does is tolie flat!
I have had a lot of horses in my time but this one is so full of character, always in trouble but never malicious, that I will never part with him.
I was not looking for another horse so I guess he found me.
This was one of the first times he stayed down when I went in with him.