So the search is finally over...
After many many hours spent on preloved, a lot of petrol money spent on multiple road trips , and a good few horse trials later; I’ve finally found my dream horse!! But for now let’s start by going back to the beginning ...
Around 4 or 5 months ago I began part loaning a pony named Daisy at Charnwood Forest Alpacas. She was a 13.2hh Dartmoor pony, she was very well behaved most of the time however she did have a habit of running out at jumps or throwing in the odd buck or two but they weren’t enough to de-seat you. Part loaning was quite a big thing for me as I had only recently got back into riding. Although I knew how much commitment even part loaning a horse was, my mum took a little more convincing and even when I managed to talk her into it and we agreed with the owner, my dad still did not like the idea of it whatsoever but we pretty much ignored that (he adores horses now so I’m not even sorry). I have progressed so much since I’ve had daisy and we both have learnt a lot, she has really helped me become a better rider and I’m going to miss her so so much, however even then I do not think she was the right horse for me.
Recently the owner decided to move yards to somewhere which is a fair way from where I live, because of this I decided to pull out of the loan (I think at this point I had decided it was time to look elsewhere anyway). After many talks with my parents, some convincing and a lot of research and working out, we finally decided it was time to look for our own. Straight away we started looking on preloved, Facebook and anywhere else that people had suggested to us. After few weeks of searching we found the first horse we went to view...
Robin was a 13.1hh welsh pony. She was a gorgeous little chestnut mare with a temperament to die for, unfortunately for a few reasons such as her locking stifle which meant I may not be able to compete on her, she was perhaps a little too small and the fact she was not responsive at all (she needed ALOT of leg) meant she just wasn’t the pony for me despite how well mannered she was. And so the search for my perfect horse continued!!!
The next horse we went to trial was quite a jump in size!!! Pepsi was a 15.2hh Thoroughbred (I was super nervous for this as I’d never ridden anything bigger than 14hhish and I’d also never ridden a thoroughbred). I was shocked when I got on her because she was so chilled and not thoroughbreddy at all! She actually gave me quite a lot of confidence and I decided to go back the next day to try her. We put the deposit down the next day and the owner had decided to give us a 2 month trial run with her. All was well and she was being delivered to us the next day. I was super excited the next morning but that excitement soon turned in to disappointment; the owner has contacted my mum and informed us that the small cut Pepsi had on her chest had gotten infected and she thought it was unfair on both Pepsi and me to sell her whilst she was ill. I was gutted and a little disheartened but we just got on with it and carried on.
Horse number 3 I didn’t actually end up trialing but we still spoke to the owners on the phone and planned to go see her. Dizzy was a 13.2hh welsh pony. Due to the fact we had been told she often stopped at jumps, wasn’t good with cross country and she can buck quite often we decided to let this one go before we travelled 2 hours away to go and trial her, she wasn’t right!
We hit the jackpot at horse number 4. Introducing Callisto aka Cal. He is a 6 year old 13.3hh Welshie x Hanoverian who stole my heart the minute I saw him! I went to see him twice and rode him, he was amazing. Cal is such a confident jumper and does not need any encouragement (this is good because he gives me confidence when jumping as I lack it in that area). He is extremely intelligent and has bags of character (he will flick his haynet over his opposite shoulder and eat it like that). Cal is the sweetest, cheekiest pony I’ve ever met but I absolutely adore him for it. I’m super happy with him and excited to see what the future holds for us!!!
Thankyou to everyone who helped me in this process me and my family are extremely grateful to all the girls and parents on the yard for helping us out with transport and generally just giving us advice, it is all very appreciated.
Thank you for reading,