Heather and Harry
Harry, came to me in early 2006 after the tragic
loss of Goldie, my previous horse who was put down following a broken
bone in his leg which in turn triggered toxic laminitis.
Harry is a 16h 1” (and a bit) Irish Draught.
He has a famous sire which is ‘Touch of the Blues’ who currently
stands at stud in Kentucky. It took some time for Harry and I to
establish a working relationship, but when we eventually did, we did
very well together in a pottering sort of way. Still do as a
matter of fact.
Harry is an extreme Right Brain Introvert. Broadly
speaking, this means that he is quiet; willing; mainly obedient;
underconfident and very spooky, internalising his worries and fears.
Harry learns very slowly indeed finding comfort in repetition and
consistency. We have worked steadily together to improve his
confidence using the Parelli natural horsemanship training programme
to excellent effect. Harry’s confidence has improved year on year.
Harry will never change his innate behaviour, but we have gone a long
way towards improving the more extreme elements. We have come a long
Harry and I get about whenever we can and the mood takes us. We
have done some ridden showing and dressage with a fair bit of
success, culminating in 2011 with Harry being placed 4th in the
Large Hunter class at Chiltern and Thames Championship Show on
the Herts County Showground. We like doing Trec training and
Horse Agility. We have even won a stiff liberty H.A. competition
which was a surprise for both of us. Carole Lockyer even bullied
us into sharing a jumping lesson last year. Now that was
In conjunction with my riding partner Carol, we have put our
horses aboard a ferry at Southampton and holidayed on the Isle
of Wight for the past three years. In between, we box over for
various holidays in North Norfolk. We have played and ridden on
various beaches and round some of England’s most beautiful
coastland paths. Up on the downs overlooking the sea and through
broad leafy woodland to cantering on white sandy beaches and
paddling in crystal waters. Oh yes. In lashing rain and howling
gales as well as glorious sunshine too.
Harry and I were both born in April, and
this year (2013) Harry is 19 and I am 63. We don’t do too
badly for a pair of pensioners.
Hacking and playing is what we like doing best, peppered with
the odd natural horsemanship clinic and classical riding lesson.
With the Parelli programme we are never short of things to do.
Ideas on what to do next are not something we run out of. We
have done such a lot together and God willing, will have years
more fun and learning together.
Harry winning the Large Riding Horse class
Carol and I, Harry and Troy at Brighstone Down, Isle of
Fast and furious fun on Yavaland Beach, Isle of Wight
Quiet hack on Ryde Beach, Isle of Wight
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