Just uploaded some new pictures. They are mostly good ones of us together but there's one where he knocked the pole and looks ridiculous and I'm pulling a face. But I think it's good to show the highs and lows of caring for our furry friends. It would stop being fun for me if Taffy and I got it perfect every time, but thankfully he's a horse that picks and chooses when he wants to get it right, and sometimes I'm prepared sometimes I'm not.I've heard comments in the past, from people at my yard who did not intend for me to hear, that suggest I'm not as good as I think or that Taffy isn't too great. I know neither of us is brilliant, but we're good together and I know I've got lots to learn. I'm not ashamed or afraid of getting things wrong, because it means I can take time to figure out why and get it right later.
I hope Taffy does well....he sounds like a horse on my yard he is misunderstood but i love him x
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I'm glad you had a quiet ride out Jeni, it makes all the difference. Let's hope, as you say, that was just a hicup. It is funny, my pony is almost 22 and sometimes she thinks she is 2!! Best of luck!!
@Gillian, it's not that Taffy hates other horses galloping in the field. It's more that if they're getting to gallop then he thinks he should get to gallop, too.Thankfully, I managed to get out with 2 others from my yard. We walked the whole way out and the whole way back. All 3 horses were absolutely perfect! I could not have been happier with Taffy's behaviour so I'll try hacking solo and do the more traditional routes in company and alone. Hopefully it was just a one-off bad day.You would think at 19 he'd mellow out a bit...apparently not!
My pony also hates other horses galloping in fields as we pass by so I try to take a different route because at my age I don't want any excitement, ha ha!! I do hope he settles down for you as it is no fun going on a hack if you are on edge the whole time (also the horse will get the vibes from you) and be scared! Good luck and let us know how you get on. Please be carefull in the traffic as I find there is not much respect given by drivers.
Thanks =) I know he's not bad. I've yet to meet a truly bad horse. Personally, I think Taffy is great, but it's just the misconceptions of people at my yard who don't know him and tend to only see us riding when there's some sort of competition at our yard. More often than not, that's jumping and he does get excited!He tries so hard all the time.The plan today is to take him for a hack. Last time I took him out something had him spooked but I kept pressing him because I thought he would settle down. Two horses with their riders began galloping up a field next to us. Taffy doesn't do well with other horses galloping if he's not getting to as well. So we had lots of spinning and rearing and cantering on the spot. Once he had settled a little bit, I turned him back for safety's sake, but he kept at it - wanted to run. We ended up going sideways down a hill, on back legs into on-coming traffic. And it's been over a week. So...today I take a brave pill and try get him out on a nice, chilled out hack! And definitely not galloping, in a field or on the road!
Good luck with him, horses are never born "bad", keep going and you will win in the end. He will gain your trust! Let us know how you are getting on!!
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