Nostalgia: From Grey to Bay

Okay, so I’m gonna point out that this is a horse post. If horses aren’t your thing, I maybe wouldn’t read any further. I did question writing such a pony related post, but the pan out of yesterday has been all I can think about.

So I started horse riding when I was about 6/7 and in my 14 odd years of the sport, there have been two stand outs. One came into my life when I was eight, and the other, only two years ago. This post isn’t all too random, as over the summer, I’ve been back at the yard a few times, but yesterday was the first time in a very long time that I saw Laddie.

Laddie. A lovely little flea-bitten grey, standing at around 14hh. If you’re an equestrian, he doesn’t look like much. But when this little guy came into my life, I was eight and he was five, he was just something that meant everything to me fairly immediately. I remember pleading to have a go on him when he arrived, I’d only been riding a little over a year and he was a bit too advance for me, but after a few weeks, I was finally there. I remember it so well! He was so quick, very sensitive and loved to jump- what a score. I rode this pony for a good eight years, it was getting to the point where I was too big, too heavy, even too advance for this little grey and he went on loan to a girl younger and smaller than me, who no doubt had the best time with him!

I found a few photos, from a range of years. He was just such a sick little pony and no doubt he still is. Bless him, he gave me the best time and proved to me why I loved horses so much. In all my years, there will never be a pony that matches this one. He might not have been the biggest, the quickest, or the most athletic, but little Laddie will always be the best in my mind.

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Okay, so there was a lot more photos than I had originally planned. Consequently, there will be a part two for ‘bay’. Suppose I did squeeze what was my life from eight years old into about thirty photos, that’s not bad going. There’s also a few embarrassing photos of me, so if you made it this far and you’re not a pony person, not all bad I guess.

Thanks for the mems, Lads, you were a dream.

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