New horse nerves!

So as you know I’m in the process of looking for a new horse! Very exciting times but also actually me making me a bit nervous. Why the nerves?! I have wanted a new horse for such a long time but due to having my two lovely children it really hasn’t been possible until now. So I think I have been building up an image in my mind of what horse I would ideally want and of course I would reallylike my new horse to fit this image as close as possible. There is another thing though, my new horse has some pretty big hooves to follow. I have been so lucky in the past that horses we have had have been with us for a very long time. They have all worked out so well so I’m not used to the whole buying horses regularly thing. My last pony Lucky I actually acquired by accident and ended up having him for 11 years before sadly I had to have him put to sleep a couple of years ago, and then there is Ricky (you will know if you follow me on Instagram) my complete horse of a lifetime. He is just a complete dude and although not the easiest horse to ride I just absolutely adore the bones of him. I started exercising Ricky for his previous owner when I was 15 years old (I am now 34!) and we then managed to buy him when I was 22 and he is still living out his days with my mum up in Lincolnshire at the grand old age of 30! Although his pace of life is a bit slower these days, he has well and truly earned it.

So yeah, new horse nerves. Does anyone else get them?! How do you deal with them? I suppose I’m just going to have to kick on, remember how to ride properly and see what happens. I mentioned on Instagram a few weeks back that I have found a horse that I will be taking on trial at the beginning of May. He has been out of work for 6 months and is now being brought back into work so once we get back from our holiday he will be up and running and I have him for a month to see whether we get on! He is called Patrick and he’s a 15.1hh Connemara who is 7 years old and done a bit of everything. He actually has the nickname PP (perfect Patrick) and he is loved by everyone at the yard. I have already fallen in love with him a quite a bit and I have only ridden him a handful of times. I just hope my riding doesn’t let him down, I better get some lessons booked in sharpish as I honestly can’t remember the last time I had a lesson. I am prepared for a serious ass kicking!

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Patrick

So yeah, watch this space! I’m thinking of vlogging my journey of me and Patrick so look out for that if you want to follow us, but of course I will be writing about it too.

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