Last time Amy rode, she fell off - Just when her confidence was heading sky high, she went sky high literally and then bit the dust (or the mud and poop). I said to myself, as she sailed through the air, "oh well, there goes that then", but plopped her back on and she amazed me by riding for another 10 minutes, albeit with me on the end of the leadrope and tears drying on her face.
Maxi is very protective of his little girl and I had my GSD bitch in the paddock with us. Maxi decided the wolf was a threat and made chase and I was not quite close enough to grab him. As Jet pinged through the fence to escape the fire breathing Welshie, said fire breathing Welshie chucked in a buck and the rest, as they say, is history. Oops!
That was on Monday. On Tuesday Amy has swimming after school so no time to ride but today she came home and the first thing she asked was if she could ride her pony, "but the dogs can't come today, ok Mummy?".
I am relieved to say that today's ride went well. Amy had made Maxi a card to show him that there were no hard feelings - cute!
Amy has been asking ALL week to ride - She spent Friday and Saturday with her Grandparents but was home early this afternoon and, the first thing she asked, 'Can I ride my pony Mummy?'. It seems the confidence and enthusiasm is back with a vengeance so off we trotted to bring Maxi in for a spin. She is back to thinking she is six foot tall and bullet proof however so I had to remind her that she really needs to practice the basics before she can go galloping off across the country. Thankfully Maxi has no desire to go galloping off across the country with her either and she had her first ride off the lead in the 'arena'. Maxi was a little confused and could not really understand why he was not allowed to follow me but was soon obliging and trudging around with Amy trying to get the steering sorted. He's such a good pony.
Amy wanted to trot but I reminded her that trots were only allowed on the lunge and so it was. She even rode him back to the yards by herself - I am really happy to see her so enthusiastic as I was beginning to worry that perhaps she might never get her confidence back.
I live on a 25 acre property in the Wairarapa (NZ) with my husband Nick and daughter Amy. Here we surround ourselves with horses of all shapes, ages and sizes. My passion is to breed and raise sport horses for the everyday rider and the stud's catch-phrase is 'Breeding extraordinary horses for ordinary riders'. We have been running the stud for the last decade and just love it! We currently stand two stallions. TF Hamish, a Wairarapa Stationbred and Crossiebeg Brennan, a purebred Connemara. We used to stand the purebred Clydesdale stallion, Kintyre Lodge Robbie who has gone to a new home in the SI and the, now gelded, Mighty Heights son, 'TF Life O'Reilly', who is currently in work with a young rider in Wellington. Our mares are of Clydesdale, TB and Irish Sport Horse breeding and we pride ourselves on producing attractive horses & ponies with superb temperaments and sound constitutions.