BLOG 6: Heart horse and MyRuralBusiness challenge.
Long time no blog! Sorry, life has been manic and Covid and all. But, I am back and have a few blog ideas so watch out for those!
Some of you that follow me on Instagram know that I am taking part in Sophie Callanhan's (@myruralbusiness) instagram social media content challenge. It's where you post everyday with the content Sophie has created for the month and it's just brilliant. Have gained more engagement on posts and have 'met' some lovely business people. If you don't already, head over to @cwindlephotography on Instagram and give me a follow and keep up with my posts for the #myruralbusinessjan21 challenge.
So todays post, day nine of January 2021 is - 𝐒𝐡𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐩𝐡𝐨𝐭𝐨 𝐨𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐞𝐭𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦.
Now, I do have a spaniel as well which I shall attach a photo of and she's just the most beautiful and loyal dog you could get.
A real loving family dog. But, my blog post here is about my heart hose, Poser.
Poser is a 16 year old ex-racehorse who is my absolute world. We bought Poser as a rising 6 year old, pretty much from the field. He was looked after but lacked condition. He's never been the easiest horse to keep fat on. I was only 13/14 at the time so although I was riding a fair few years, thoroughbreds were a completely new ball game. We pumped him with food...
Well, WRONG idea. Although myself and mum had been into horses for a few years before Poser, we didn't really have the best knowledge. Especially when it came to owning and re-training an ex-racehorse. So, point to that statement of feeding up - Look into the feed ingredients and build the feed up SLOWLY. No apple chaff and fizzy feed, oops! So, once he was livened up on hard feed, we then ran into all sorts of problems. Far too fizzy to ride and I couldn't even turn him our or bring him in without him exploding. He bit, he never wanted a fuss. Hated being groomed, just not a nice loving horse. It was a real challenge from going from ponies, well behaved trained horses to Poser. Wrong move.
Although we were a bit scared of Poser during his demonic stages, he really came out of his shell whilst not in riding work. He helped both myself and mum get over some tragic events in our lives, loosing my nan, and without him we wouldn't of coped as well as we did.
Fast forward a few years and we managed to get him going really nicely. Not perfect but at least we could have a canter without a bucking bronco fit. We had the Chiro out, saddler and gave him the best chance to change. I became far more confident and being a youngster myself, his naughty behaviour didn't really faze me. We then moved yards and again, all was good. Then we had an opportunity to get him scoped for potential ulcers from a vet visit - my boy, my poor boy! Poser had grade 4 ulcers. Now, I am very very very 'Get your horse checked our fully if they're naughty in work!!' mindset. He worked so well prior to this, ulcers were the last thing on our minds. So, we done the treatment and were clear of ulcers. We really cracked on with training with our wonderful dressage trainer, Nicky. He grew into something pretty special. We had a great few summers with him and eventually when he was 12 (I was now past the teenage years!) we went out to a few dressage competitions. He was fab. I would never of thought it were possible with how he used to behave. Loved every second of it.
So we trained hard, had lots of fun doing intro's and prelims and then I fell pregnant so Poser had a nice easy winter/spring in the field. Had my little girl and 13 months later, had my little boy. Crazy, yes. He is now coming back into some light work and really looking forward to getting back on him in 2021. Fingers crossed in the saddle and not on the floor.
He really is my heart horse. Going through so much rubbish with him and coming out the other end has just been the best. I know him like the back of my hand, I wouldn't have him any other way. I just can't believe he is now 16. 10 years old owning this now wonderful horse. But... he does still remind us he still has his cheeky ways!!
Hope you're all staying fit, well and healthy in this pandemic. Look forward to putting out another blog post soon.