I started this blog as a way to record both my progress as a rider and the progress of my two horses, GK and Bo.
I started riding as a way to get out more after my mum died. Previously I belonged to a Surf Life Saving Club and competed in Surf Boats, however I had asked not to be put in a crew for the season as it took up a lot of my time and I wasn’t sure how much longer I had left with mum. Fast forward a few months and there I was, alone and not really having much to look forward to during the week, so I decided to take up riding.
It was there that I met GK. He was on trial as a riding school horse and from the first time I rode him, I knew that he wasn’t suited for the job he was being asked to do. I was one of only two people who could ride him (and back then, I couldn’t ride well at all), the poor boy has had the patience of a saint putting up with me while I sorted my stuff out and learnt how to ride better. I have had people comment that they don’t “get” my relationship with GK, he is aloof, stubborn, pig headed and strong willed… and then they see us working together. I trust him with my life and I almost know what he is going to do before he does. He would walk through fire for me and I love having that kind of relationship with him.
Bo came along unexpectedly. One of my riding instructors knew of this horse who was going to be put to sleep if the lady she agisted with couldn’t find a home for him with experienced riders willing to test him, due to her not having the time to find out what sort of rider he would be suited for and not wanting to sell a potentially dangerous horse to someone not experienced enough. My friend and I took him on as a project horse knowing about his Suspensory Ligament injury and the fact he is a windsucker and I haven’t looked back. We were going to sell him and the advert was up before I decided that I couldn’t let him go. I paid my friends share out and Bo became mine. He is a real sweetheart and a completely different ride to GK. Where GK is bold and brave, Bo is more hesitant and cautious. GK loves to jump, Bo seems more at home in an arena or show ring.
My horses have upset me, comforted me and challenged me but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am not sure how far I will go as a rider, I may only stick at it in a grassroots type level, or who knows I may be cruising around the 4* track at the Australian International 3 Day Event… I guess only time will tell. I look forward to the journey and can’t wait to see what the future will bring.