Hello, my name is Victoria Walker and I am a Rossendale based Horzehoods ambassador! At 17 years old I am currently facing the struggle that most horse riding teenagers experience; trying to balance my hobby with my schoolwork and more importantly, my upcoming AS exams. I am lucky to live in a farmhouse with my horsey mother and two competition ponies Ryan Doolin and Oldforge The Mohican; with this versatile pair I get to compete in many different activities for example workers and Eventing with my Connemara Ryan and ridden showing with my native coloured Taffy. However, owning a grey and a hairy coloured with four white socks is not an easy feat when preparing for shows considering that both need special care to keep clean. I was reminded of this when bathing Taffy for his first show of the season last weekend. We decided to take him out to our local show as a warm up for the season as he has not competed since the Royal International last year. He can be quite a lazy, lethargic cob at times and so we have found over the years that the more practice he gets in the ring, the better he goes the next time.
Knowing this, with a heavy heart I started to bath him, on three separate occasions to be exact as he is quite the mud monster and loves to get dirty. We are quite lucky where we live as my house is adjacent to a large river and the final bath before a show I usually ride him through it and the results are ten times better than any scrubbing can do, he has a play in the water but always leaves with 4 crystal clean legs! A quick hack home and then he has a full body bath. I could not survive without Horzehoods Full body suit as it covers his head, neck and body- with no area free to stain his white markings as he usually does! I love the hood in black as I feel it is quite smart and almost formal, if there was such a thing for horses and so I always feel smart and presentable at a show. Taffy felt glad to be out again after his long winter break from showing and the training at home seemed to finally be sinking in as he worked through his back and listened to my commands. He felt supple and ready to go, energetic even... anyone who knows this pony will understand that he is usually half asleep! So I was more than happy with his performance. He delivered a foot perfect show to win a large class of coloured ridden ponies, we left before the championship as we felt that he had done his job! Taffy is officially in show mode, we are taking him to another competition this weekend as a last warm up before his first RIHS qualifier. Fingers crossed!
I hoped your enjoyed reading my debut blog for Horzehoods! I shall look forward to my next entry update with the boys.