Well, it's been a while since I posted anything - yet again. But no news is good news, right? It certainly is in our case. The lovely Black Beauty is going from strength to strength and has recently turned seven - happy birthday Beauty. I know this sounds soppy, but I love my pony to pieces, she is my world. Every morning when I see her and she greets me with her extreme whinnying (OK, I know she associates me with food only) I feel an immense warmth. I really do adore this pony.
I would be lying if I said my trainer feels the same way about Beauty. Don't get me wrong, I think he likes her and if he doesn't he's too polite to say so, but I don't think he sees me riding a Welsh cob. He has said himself he would prefer to see me on a horse that would 'do me justice'. I get that, and I do agree to an extent, but the thought of letting Beauty go to someone else makes me feel so sad - who can guarantee a home that will love and cherish her as much as I do and see her into old age? And that's why I have been working hard to make her the very best I can.
I want this post to give hope to others, even though I have a long way to go before I prove anything worthy yet.
Three weeks ago my trainer came down and we had a long discussion about my future plans with Beauty - the usual thing with me hoping he would say she is actually a mini Valegro and in reality him saying that she's not all that. I went to bed feeling torn and frustrated and had my lesson with my trainer the next day. He asked me to do lots of things I wasn't sure Beauty was capable of, but bless her little heart, she put so much effort in and did everything he asked. At the end of the lesson, he said 'Well I think you have just proved me wrong'.
I am not deluded in any way and I know Beauty will probably never take me to the BD Nationals - and if she ever did, we would probably come last - but I enjoy working with her and I am so proud of what we have achieved.
My message to others is to work hard (no substitute) and if you want it badly enough you will get it. Horses are big, tough creatures and they can offer us the world if we allow them to. Use sympathetic training, treat your horse fairly and form a bond. Then, I can guarantee, they will do anything for you.
Happy riding folks.