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Tuesday, 30 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 30: Share an Old Horsey Photo & Tell Us About It

Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of my early years of riding, but this photo is of the first time I saw the canny little mare that would get me back into riding and back into a total addiction.

This is Grace, of as I nicknamed her, Gracie Moo. She was a 15.1h 12 year old mare who was owned by a girl who had relocated with her husband in the army. The girl’s Mum was now looking for someone to come and help out with Grace and enjoy her. 

Luckily, that was me! I started to loan Grace in November 2007. I had a lot of fun over the winter with her, just getting back into things in the arena – flat and jumping – as well as enjoying some hacking too. Grace LOVED to jump and was a bag of excitement coming into a jump, she would never stop but she didn’t do a lot for me re-learning my technique!

In May, we were luck enough to be offered a lift in someone’s wagon to enjoy a showing show, where we did tack & turn out, best combination and riding club horse. All very beginner-ish – we definitely didn’t look the part but we came home with a ribbon in each class so smiles all round.

A few weeks later we did a show X – this is where I really got my eventing bug. We did a VERY tiny class, but Grace loved it, as did I, and we came home in third place! A few months later, we enjoyed a pleasure ride one Saturday afternoon with two other ladies from the yard. It was where I really started to enjoy just going across the Northumberland countryside at your own pace, switching off and using it at relaxing time.

Sadly, late in August 2008, Grace’s owner decided that they were going to sell her. I really had created a fantastic bond with Grace, but knew that I wanted to have a go at eventing and that Grace probably wasn’t the horse for me to do that on. So I made the decision to look for a new horse. Grace moved to a new home a few months later, and in fact wasn’t sold but instead went back with the girl to the barracks. I kept in touch for a while, and found that Grace had eventually been sold and was enjoying a bit of showjumping over in the east Yorkshire area. I haven’t heard or seen anything of her in recent years, but I often think about the fun times we had together and how much of a cracking little horse she was to bring back my love of riding!

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