So if you read the first part of this post, you’ll have seen the first of two stand out horses in my lifetime (so far).
This post is about the bay- Eva. Eva, who I dub Beaver is a Swedish Warmblood and stands at around 15.3hh, oh and she’s bay. She’s actually really weird in the beginning because she’s a mare, and I’ve never been one for mares. I’ve just always preferred geldings ie. Laddie and geldings have just always been front and foremost a lot better in my experience (excluding my little gymkhana whiz, Bramble). Then at the start of 2014 came along, Eva.
I remember my first time aboard the batty wagon. I’d been at a friend’s 18th the night before, rocked up to the yard having seen better days to find out there was a new horse and I was on it. She was pretty mental. I jumped around 3ft-ish the first time I rode her and she took it a foot higher, she was pretty special from the word go. I actually never got to spend that long with her as I moved to uni September that year, but I always went back in holidays for a spin.
It’s also kind of strange because (ignoring Laddie) I’m actually pretty advance and have ridden horses far better than Eva. Ones that are a lot quicker, jump higher, are trained to a higher standard etc, but there’s something about this mare that’s made her a stand out and I don’t know what it is. She’s still a great horse don’t get me wrong, but for someone who prefers cross country and jumping, there are horses that could take me further than she ever could, and I do still ride those types to be fair, but lil Eva B, she’s fantastic. I don’t know if it’s the fact that she could be up or down and you can’t be too complacent with her that makes her really exciting, but I just find her a lot of fun!
Bless you, Eva B, you’re a whirl.