I was only two when I started my relationship with horses
because my brother used to have riding lessons. After each
lesson I was lifted up into the saddle, I'd go up and down the
lane once and get off and I did that every week until the stables
got too expensive and I had to stop going up and down the lane
that I loved.
It wasn't until I was four that I started having actual lessons but
I could only go in the summer when I went to my aunty's.
But when the Christmas of 2006 came, before I got to seven,
got booked in for an 'own your own pony day' and after that I
started having regular riding lessons.
I go riding every week now at Stepney Bank Stables and when
I go to my aunty's I usually get a lesson there too. I've gone
from just liking horses and wanting a 'go', to absolutely loving
them. I can't be with horses enough. I love the smell of them,
their warm breath, their strength, their personalities. I love
mucking them out, feeding them, grooming them and tacking
up. hen I'm on a horse, I feel free. I feel I'm myself. Best of all is
cantering. The speed makes me feel excited and alive.
My all time favourite horse was Angel. He was big and black
with a white stripe. He was gentle and had an easy trot. It broke
my heart when he left Stepney Bank. Since then, I’ve come to
have several favourites: Melody, Pepper, Rupert, Sooty,
Brandy, Dooley, Rollie, Comet, Topper, she left, Sunny, he
retired, and Wizard.
Horses fill nearly every thought of mine. I draw them, I write
about them, I play with toy ones, I even make quilts with them!
Most of all I want to spend my life with them. I wonder if I'll ever
do show jumping? Perhaps I'll become a mounted police
woman. Or own a riding stables. Or be a country vet. I know I'll
always want horses in my life.