This is my new blog to continue my journey with my Dales Ponies. It will also be the story of my building a new life for myself, alone now, except for my friends, horses and dogs, since my partner died in March 2009. We had lived and worked together, mostly twenty four hours a day, for nearly 28 years and I have never lived alone before. It is a tribute to my wonderful friends that I am still here, still sane(ish) and ready to re-invent myself. I love them all more than words can ever say and can never thank them enough for all they have done and are still doing. It is also a tribute to Alexandra Kurland and 'The Click That Teaches' that I know how to save myself now. To new beginnings.......

Monday, 7 September 2009

Denny the Superstar.

I rode Denny today and he was just fabulous. I felt enormous just standing next to him, let alone getting on him, and my smallest saddle, my 17" Fhoenix, looked huge on him too but he didn't sag in the middle as I got on and did everything I asked with no fuss at all, including a little canter on each rein. He has never set foot in our school before but I rode him straight in there and he didn't spook at anything, even the goats half way up the bank. He has a few things I need to work on. I would like him to halt from a verbal cue and a lighter rein cue, and to stand still without fidgeting until asked to move, but they are minor things which should be easy to teach him quickly as he is very keen to please and doesn't seem to have a mean bone in his body. I was warned that something happened at his last loan home which has left him scared of tractors so I will work on that too - all with the clicker, of course! He seems to be a very kind, sensible, genuine pony and I think he's going to fit in really well Here are some photos which a kind friend took for me today, plus a very short video clip from my ordinary camera which I didn't even know it could do!!!



  1. oh he is GORGEOUS! He's a lovely colour and looks such a happy chap - and you don't look too bad on him either.

    Looking forward to hearing all about his exploits.

    I must get pics of the 2 new dartmoor babies at our yard, They are 2 years old and fresh off the moors but SO gentle and cute. We could have a cute 'pony wall'!! Hylo looks massive next to them.

  2. What a lovely, sweet-looking pony! He also seems to have very nice natural carriage, which is excellent.

  3. Thank you very much, Charlotte and Kate. I can't believe how quickly he's settled in and I think that he carries himself very well too Kate.

  4. What a sweet pony. And you don't look all that big on him either. He is one chunky boy.

    Looks like a good prospect to fit in with your other sweet pones.