||Five - Six years old|
||Far North Queensland, Australia|
This is Philedelphia, Philly for short. She is my mirror image, she
means the world to me. I only see her twice a week but every time I do,
all the stress that builds up while I'm not with her disappears. I feel
happy and, well, alive. She is a Brumby, which is a breed of feral
horses in Australia. I met her when I still had my first horse, and I
planned to get her, too. She was the only other horse I fell in love
with other than my first horse, but he has since passed away. Philly got
me through the depression of that experience and, with the help of my
friend, she was trained and broken in, now I can ride her :) When I
first got her, she was already pregnant, so we worked on other training
and waited until after she foaled to start riding.
We both enjoy jumping and galloping, those are the times I don't have to
hold her back. Seeing as she's fit and all, when we go for trail rides
everything turns into a race and she acts like a race horse! She'll be
prancing everywhere, particularly when another horse is in front of her,
she is playing up, haha!
I don't do shows with her, mainly because of the Hendra Vaccinations
law. I don't plan on getting her vaccinated, particularly because of the
expense and the risks involved, but hopefully one day I can do shows on
her :) or at least Gymkhanas.
I ride English with her, but throw in some lazy riding too, being proper
all the time gets a bit boring. (This doesn't mean I have horrible back
position though, that's always straight). Philly is the kind of horse
not many people can deal with, she is, basically, a pain to catch, is a
stubborn one (so am I, but I love her for it!), is a sook but also
loving and she puts me back into line when I go too far.
I have jumped her just below proper barrel height with a saddle and
slightly lower bareback (first try I forgot my knees, haha, lost balance
and then got bucked off. She knew and took advantage of it, but I got on
and jumped it another like 5 times just to reinforce we could do it
properly in both our minds. We also ride tackless, usually with a neck
rope but I have had one good completely tackless session on her too!
Philly is just amazing! You can see some videos of her here (warning, some strong language).
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