My horse journey has been an interesting one and over the years I have worked with many different types of horses.
I started riding when I was around 7 years old after begging my mum. From then, I took riding lessons at a local riding school and spent a lot of time at my best friends field growing up. Her mum often bought many different kinds of horses and I got to sit on a lot of them so I became quite versatile.
By the time I was around 11 years old, I loaned my first pony- Barney- who was a super feisty but loveable 13.2hh pony.
After loaning him for over a year, I got my very first horse- Laurie. She was a thoroughbred and was basically a rescue. She was so underweight and she had an upper respiratory tract issue when we got her. Once we got her back to good health, she was just too much of a handful for me. I was scared to even take her to the field because she bolted when you got in the field and she reared and flared at you too. I was really young and she was just too difficult for me so eventually I had to sell her. I always wish I could see her again, I don’t even know if she is alive anymore. I know if I had her now it would be a different story, I loved her even though she terrified me. I just hope she’s happy wherever she is.
From then on, I had multiple loan ponies/ horses over the years. Eventually, I found Bo. You can find out more about him on his page The Horse.
I also went to an agricultural college for a couple of years, furthering my knowledge on horse care and management as well as improving my riding and confidence vastly. On the side of this, I took part in a course on Equine Behaviour Consultancy because I love the behavioural side of working with animals, especially horses.
I now work as a Primary School Teacher. I enjoy my job and I like how I can make a difference in my students’ lives but my passion is always going to lie with horses. I do have plans in the future to start a small equestrian business as a kind of side hustle and I would love to pursue this as far as it will get me.