Introducing the new one!
Having been asked over and over again about “the new one” I thought it best to introduce her formerly!
Breeding: British Sports Horse
Colour: Bay (obviously!)
Height: 16.2hh (or thats what my tape measures her at!)
Monsoon is with me on LWVTB status, having been a fun horse for her owner Sophie, taking part in fun rides, cross country schooling etc, but not competed in anything as yet.
I saw her advert on “right horse right home” and was drawn to her immediately, after contacting Sophie we spoke on the phone and I agreed to go view her. It was then that the accident happened at work and I broke my foot, well not exactly good timing! I once again spoke with Sophie and we sadly agreed that it wasn’t to be.
Swiftly moving on, the Thursday following my accident I saw the consultant at the hospital, we disagreed on having a cast put on my foot and I hot footed (!) my way out of there dumping my crutches and boot on the way out!! Not my finest moment, but hey, it’s my foot and my decision!
Fast forward to the Saturday and for reasons only known to the powers that be, i text Sophie again to see if monsoon had been snapped up, and low and behold she had been busy working and therefore no one had viewed her. I asked if I could still go as i now had two feet, albeit not working as well as they should, but at least I could get a riding boot on! Sophie lives away from the yard so a lady called Fiona had been looking after her so we had to organise with her, and I agreed to view her on the Sunday.
Dean (my poor suffering husband!) came along for the ride, and although he wasn’t exactly jumping through hoops at the thought of having two horses, the promise of lunch and a drink (or two!) for him on route was enough to convince him all was ok!!
We arrived in Gloucester and found the yard, a gorgeous place, where Fiona met us, monsoon was in a stable and eagerly awaiting some attention.
Fiona rode her first so I could make an assessment, I always go into coaching mode! Then I got on, coaching mode still highly engaged, I assessed what I felt underneath me and made a mental plan of the areas to improve, but all the while I was grinning like a Cheshire Cat! This mare was awesome! Very forward (but forwards is a good problem to have!) A good brain, when I suggested some lateral moves she paused for a moment as it to say “what the??” Then tried her hardest to do what she interpreted of my aids. Yes this mare was more than welcome to come home! Forwards and with a brain, what’s not to like?!
So, Fiona took some video of me riding to show Sophie, and I hoped she would like them.
We left the yard and headed to the pub for lunch and to discuss, not that I felt I had much to discuss, but I owed it to dean.
I text Sophie to say I’d ridden and I really liked her, then awaited the reply.
It was a long 2.5hr journey home wanting my phone to ping! Eventually it did and as they say the rest is history!
Sunday the 28th October 2018 I borrowed my friends trailer as my lorry is off the road at the moment, and drove to Gloucester to collect monsoon and all her belongings.
This was the first meeting with Sophie in person as we’d only conversed over the phone, she was so lovely, emotional about monsoon leaving, totally understandable.
We did the necessary paperwork for the loan agreement, then loaded everything up, monsoon walked straight into the box with not a hesitation and off we went.
3hrs later we arrived home, she had been an absolute diamond to bring home, never moved all the way. A good start I’d say!
She settled into her field immediately and we left her to graze. Jazz was very excited to meet his new friend, but I’d taken the precaution of adding extra rows of fencing between them, but as it happened it wasn’t needed.
Fast forward to the end of the first week and we’ve hacked in company and alone, jumped, schooled and lunged. There have been no worries at all, so so pleased with her.
I’ve kept Sophie out to scratch with monsoons life, possibly a bit too much! But I know how it feels to let your beloved horse go, and to know they’re ok is good for the nerves!
I’d planned to do some Dressage with her by January, nothing spectacular, just to get out and about, but am taking the training day by day and will possibly attend a few clinics etc with her too.
She’s such a lovely mare and I really am lucky to have found her, so, follow her progress alongside jaspers and fingers crossed for the future for both!