I have always wanted a horse but was never allowed
when I was a child so having Lady is like a dream come true for me,
not that it's all been easy and it definitely was not love at first
When I first met Lady I wasn't sure about her.
I thought we were not compatible but her previous owner very kindly
said I could loan her for the time being to see how I got on. I
had Lady on loan for about three months and during that time got to
know her a bit better and managed to become more confident in myself
around her, so when her owner again asked if I would like to buy her I
said that I would love to. Since then the more time I spent with
Lady the more I began to understand her and the closer we have become.
I started Lady's barefoot journey in the August.
I researched a good podiatrist who said that Lady needed to lose a lot
of weight, which as well as being better for her general health would
also help her feet. I got advice from her vet also and. along
with exercise and restricted grazing. Lady lost some of her excess
Then, in November, Lady caught strangles; from where still remains a
mystery as none of the other horses at the field caught it.
There followed six weeks of being stabled and cared for. It was
a really stressful time to see her so ill as well as having unhelpful
comments saying that I had caused the strangles by putting Lady on a
diet. However most people were kind and really did help out with
looking after her. Following this I did some more research about
her diet and took on board a nutritionist to work out Lady's dietary
needs over the winter.