Saturday, 23 April 2011

The dream is becoming a reality

I had a lovely and very rewarding day with the horses today. Jess's mum, Simone, came over this afternoon and had a ride on Brennan. Simone has lost a lot of confidence since having some unfortunate experiences on a horse that she was sold so her confidence needs building up. So, what better horse to use to bolster her confidence than the four year old, been under saddle for seven months, stallion! OK, so it might sound like a crazy thing to do but Brennan is so safe, so kind tempered and so generous that he is the perfect choice. Pretty sure Simone had a great ride, certainly the grin on her face afterwards tells a story.

And then the Scottish clompety gave a lovely Scottish tourist a foot-perfect lead rein ride and was her usual character filled self in the process. I think Meg might just have a new fan.

So, today I watched two much-loved horses, one bred by me and one purpose bought and produced to breed from by me, give ordinary riders extraordinary experiences and it made my heart sing. It was a very, very proud moment.

All the photos can be seen HERE.

I think that smile says it all
Both smiling

Again, the smile says it all!

Talisman Farm - 'Breeding Extraordinary Horses (and Ponies) for Ordinary Riders'

Thursday, 21 April 2011

It's taken nearly 40 years ...

but I finally have the PONY of my dreams. I had a neat porse as a teenager and we had a blast together but Brennan is that pony that I dreamed of owning 25 years and 25 kilos ago. Today I took him out to the back paddock for some fun zoom zoom and we both had a ball. Jess came over and rode him yesterday and I suggested she just let him canter around out there as it would make a nice change from boring schooling in the arena - I think his dressage will really improve if he gets the chance to have a bit of fun between schooling sessions. His canter transitions are already a heap sharper. I cannot wait to see this pony go xc. He has the most awesome canter and just feels like he is gliding over the ground. I also suspect he will have quite a jump in him but probably won't show it until he is jumping a reasonable height. He's very, shall we say, conservative, with the effort he puts in, haha! Nick came out and took some photos.

Whoa there wild stallyun!
So cute, so hairy!
SO much fun!!
Say Cheese!
Leapin' off the 'bank'
Pony zoom zoom!
Just need some jumps now!
Happiness is ...
an AWESOME pony!