Hannah Dawson once told me that most of her clients are middle aged women – and that’s when the horrible reality hit me that that’s exactly what I am! A middle aged woman who’s now in the lucky position to be able to (just about) afford to have horses in my life.
I first sat on a horse when I was about 3 years old, and I was smitten. I begged and begged and begged and begged and finally got riding lessons as my 6th birthday present.
I carried on with weekly lessons until about age 10, then at 12 I was offered the chance to ride a horse belonging to a friend of my mother’s who’d had a bad fall and lost her confidence – I was lucky enough to take part in lots of local competitions on this horse and at 13 I bought my own horse who I had until boys and studies and life took over at age 15/16. From 18-20 I worked for a private family looking after and excercising their 2 horses. Then I had a long gap, with only occassional riding friend’s horses or trekking on holidays, until 5 years ago when we started going for weekly treks and ended up buying 2 of the horses when the yard closed, and another (Maurice) from the same people a year later.
Hannah came to stay to do Equine Touch in 2009 and introduced me to clicker training, which at the time I didn’t see as relevant to me or my horses – they were well behaved and I wasn’t particularly interested in teaching them tricks …