05.10.2010 | 0 comments | add comment
Well,i guess id better tell you mine and Nelsons story!
My names Carly,im a 17 year old girl living and loving life in Devon - all with the help of my wonderful family and horses,especially the wonderful Nelson! :)
Nelson was the first horse i ever rode, i was 10,my first ever ride and it was on this huge,grumpy looking beast of a creature! And what a beast he was!
But in the first year i rode him at the local school,he became my best friend!
He was the only horse id ride,id plan all the adventures we'd have, pony club camps went buy,sharing my hot chocolate with him - although not by choice!
And then one day when i was 12,i was told nelson was up for sale. I did everything a 12 year old could to raise up that kind of money to buy him,and when i did a whole new world was opened up to me!
That world honestly wasnt that good.
We went through everything, napping,biting,bolting,bucking, rearing whenever a whip entered his sight.
I put up with this for 2 years, becoming more and more terrified of him.
"He's crazy - you've got to sell him on!" Said my mum.
"Just get on him and show him who's boss!" Screamed my clueless dad.
"He's a mans horse - you could never handle him!" proclaimed my so called friends.
At my wits end,becoming more and more depressed,i called in the proffessionals.
Turns out my poor BFG was in agony,the riding instructors had lied to me and crippled my horse. They'd use him in saddles far to small, in bits that banged his teeth,he was fed a handful of chaff every saturday and they would whip him when ever he spooked or jumped.
I was a complete newbie to the equine world - i had no clue what was going on,but i vowed to nelson he'd never go through it again!
We moved him home, had fornightly chiropractic sessions, had a real farrier see to his feet, had saddlers and dentist's out. All these wonderful people fixed him on the outside,but inside he still seemed a broken horse with dull eyes,poor self carriage and self esteem,a bad hip and a total sense of depression.
I havnt mentioned yet,the reason i was allowed a horse was purely because it was the only activity i could do,sports wise. I had an accident when i was 9 which destroyed my right hip,depressed and alone all i had was my horse - he was the reason that got me up each morning!
So just as i was about to give in to everyones wants and give him up,i realised i needed him,and maybe he needed me too?
Someone to trust him,love him,groom him,feed him,play with him,give him the respect and hugs he deserved so badley.How on earth could i give him up?!
Kicking my self for even contempleting it, for the next year i worked with him,starting from the ground always keeping in the forfront of my mind my promise to him and the statement i had given all the disbelievers and doubters.
That i would turn him into a confident, fun loving,full of life alrounder i could always see in him!
I worked hard over these last 5 years, doing everything from monty roberts to clicker training!
None of it seemed to help him,maybe i just wasnt doing it right!?
Then i stumbled on Parelli - and soon after 6 months my unridable,depressed,anit-human horse became a joyful,playful,well mannered gentle giant of a creature with a spring in his hooves and a neigh in his heart!
He truly isnt today the horse id first met nearly 7 years ago!
Me and nelson now participate in show jumping,Riding Club games,gymkhana's,western pleasure rides,dressage,cross-country,barrel racing and on top of that is a fantastic happy hacker and trick horse!
He even gives little rides to the local toddlers - mending down to nuzzle there hair!
His personality is beautiful,and im just so glad and grateful to him for bringing mine out to!
And best of all - i kept my word,Nel's is now the perfect alrounder that all those disbelievers never thought he could be!
I just wish you could see there faces when we trot by! :D
So this first post in the BFG's and my diary is really a tribute to him, and a little slice of hope to all those who are or who have been going through what we did over 7 years ago... :)