Thoroughbred Taffy 5.57 16
Date: 2013-5-12

Thoroughbred Taffy 1994

Thoroughbred Taffy - Taffy in the field
Thoroughbred Taffy - Taffy in the field
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Jeni T
Female - 27 years old
User since: 06/05/2013
- Female - 27 years old - User since: 06/05/2013
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Thoroughbred Taffy

Challenges
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Won: 0
Lost: 0
Tied: 0
Year of birth:
1994
Height:
15.1hh
Temper:
honest, willing, opinionated, cheeky.
Gait:
N/A
Competitions:
Jumping at home (up to 75cm) and showing away from home. We only do 2 shows per year, one at home the other a 5min walk down down the road as travelling is pretty much not an option.
Pedigree:
N/A
Gender:
Gelding
Description:
I've been looking after Taffy part time for over 4 years. We have as many good days as bad days, in part because he rides nothing like how I was taught and then once we figured each other out, I wanted to work him and he hadn't done very much of that, having been bought as a happy hacker with a few extras. He can jump, though not always well and is only comfortable up to 70-75cm. He has a tendancy to get very excited when jumping that, on a good day, results in the rider being tanked into the jumps with no hope of slowing down and, on a bad day, with spinning in circles on the back legs.
He can work well when he wants to, the key phrase being 'when he wants to' otherwise he just gets very grumpy and can become difficult to control.
He hacks well alone or in company, though tends to race a bit in company and is a bit spookier alone but nothing that would cause concern. Until you hit grass. Grass = gallop and it's a rare day where the rider even gets a say in how fast the gallop is!
He is schooled in a happy mouth peanut snaffle, and everything else normally in a dutch gag. As I write this, he is being tried in an American gag which seems to suit him hacking but not so much jumping. Need to wait for better weather to try jumping on grass with it!
He's quite misunderstood at our yard, with many assuming he's a badly behaved horse because of how he goes, which is very unfair. He's opinionated - stubbornly set in his ways and really does not like change although he loves to learn new things. He has never been taught to be a 'good' horse, but he's certainly not a bad horse. We have a lot of fun together and he is one of the few horses I would trust with a child on his back as he is very clever (sometimes too clever admittedly!) and he is aware of how is riding him at all times and adjusts his behaviour accordingly.

Reply to: Thoroughbred Taffy


  • Jeni T

    Created: May 2013
    Horses: 1
    5 years ago

    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.

  • 5 years ago

    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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  • Lauren M

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    Welcome. Please welcome Pixie

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  • Gillian W

    Created: Jan 2013
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    5 years ago

    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!!

  • Jeni T

    Created: May 2013
    Horses: 1
    5 years ago

    @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!

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  • Gillian W

    Created: Jan 2013
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    5 years ago

    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.

  • Jeni T

    Created: May 2013
    Horses: 1
    5 years ago

    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!

  • Gillian W

    Created: Jan 2013
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    5 years ago

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  • Gillian W

    Created: Jan 2013
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    5 years ago

    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!!

  • Claire L

    Created: Jan 2013
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    5 years ago

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