After a 10 year break from horses and riding, I moved
to Brighton and discovered the wonderful Sussex countryside. Walking
over the South Downs with my partner one day, I couldn't help
thinking, "what a wonderful place to ride this would be." All those
addicted to horses will appreciate it wasn't a huge leap from that
one thought to a frantic search for a horse to loan. I thought I
would never find one, especially as my criteria of finding a happy
hacking Arab often felt like wishful thinking. Along the way, I met
a lady who kept her four Arabs out 24/7 in a herd, and was into
something called "Parelli". How the horse world had changed since
I'd been away! Eventually, I was offered a lovely Arab mare on loan.
Amira was a challenge right from the start. A hot-headed, poor doer
who hated being stabled, she started me on the path which I now
follow. In my quest to improve things for her, I discovered bitless,
treeless riding, as well as forage feeding and the benefits of keeping
horses living out. Amira responded so well to all these changes, I
just knew I had found a way forward which applied to all horses.
Sadly, Amira developed sacroiliac and pelvis problems, meaning she
could no longer be ridden. She retired back with her breeders
earlier this year.