2. The wait is over
3. Things everyone discovers when they buy a horse
5. Buyer's Remorse
At first, everything’s great. You’re so in love with your new horse that he can do no wrong in your eyes. So what if you can’t get him to go nicely in an outline, or if he keeps getting away from you when you lead him in and out of the field and prances off to visit his new horsemates? At least he’s demonstrating a rather lovely, flowing working trot!
6. It’s Competition Time – Maybe you’ll get a rosette for “Not Crying”!!
Every horse owner is all-too familiar with that sinking feeling you get when your beloved steed comes limping up to the gate and hobbles to his stable as if he’s got a leg hanging off. His head’s drooping, and he’s not touching his hay. He’s a horse in terrible agony, and he wants everyone to know it.
If you thinking selling a house is a minefield, then you’ve obviously never tried to sell a horse. Firstly, you have to deal with the guilt-trip you’ll get from well-meaning horsey friends. ‘But you and Prince have been doing so well together,’ they’ll cry, as you try desperately to raise your ‘medicinal’ glass of wine to your mouth despite the fact that your arm’s in a cast after an incident involving a wheelie bin, a bucking horse and a ditch. ‘Just hang in there!’
9. Go Out Eventing....It'll Be Fun They Said!!
You’ve wanted to be an eventer since you were a little girl, when you cut photos of Ginny Leng and Lucinda Green out of Horse & Pony magazine to pin up on your wall. You dream of galloping over the hallowed turf at Burghley, murmuring encouragement to your trusty steed as you fly effortlessly over the Cottesmore Leap…
10. The Special Breed – ‘Horse Owners in the Winter’
If you let out a groan in October when the clocks went back, you’re not alone. All horse owners in the country were groaning along with you.
Winter is the time of year that every horse owner dreads. It’s not so bad if you can afford to put your horse on full or part livery and have done with it – but, sadly, that’s not always possible for practical or financial reasons. And, believe it or not, some grade A nutters actually want to do their horse themselves, even when it’s -9 degrees outside and blowing a gale that makes 2017’s Beast From The East feel like a warm breeze.
11. The Modern Day Horse And Their Expensive Tastes!
Back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, if you were a horse owner, life was pretty straightforward. You fed Prince hay, and if he needed a bit more oomph, some oats. If he got cold, you’d put his jute rug on in the stable (basically like a posh version of sacking, with straw thatched underneath, for anyone who doesn’t remember these) or his New Zealand rug for the field. New Zealand rugs came in a choice of navy blue or khaki green, and that was it.