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Horse diaries May - Charlie and Juno

Keeping you up to date, behind the scenes with Equilibrium’s horses.

We care passionately about horses because we are owners and riders ourselves. Our horses are a big part of our daily lives and we would like to share with you, some of the trials and tribulations we face on a weekly basis with our horses – the good, bad & the ugly!

Meet Charlie and Juno, owned by Account Manager, Kate.

Charlie
Charlie: Silver Stone Shooting Star, chestnut 15.3hh, 5 year old TB X German Warmblood
Juno
Juno: Silver Belle, bay 15.2hh, 22 year old TB

Moving yards..

.. can be a stressful situation for most, but something that I find exceptionally hard to do. Fin isn’t the only horse at the Equilibrium office who has suffered from broken withers – Charlie, my rising 6 year old homebred suffered the same injury when he was 3; however, unlike Fin I knew exactly how he did it – rearing up so high in a temper tantrum whilst being loaded that he came over backwards! This was such a traumatic experience for us all that since then I have really struggled with holding my cool when loading.

Fortunately, Charlie is completely fine after his injury, in fact he was off to be backed a couple of months after his loading strop. In those three years we have played about a bit but due to one thing or another have struggled to get going.

Greener PasturesCharlie and Juno

The silver lining to this weekend’s loading experience is that Charlie and his angelic Mother/Dam/Mummy (Juno) are off to a new yard where they will be on full livery with a very good friend of mine on a brand new, all-singing, all-dancing livery yard. Juno can live out her retirement being treated like a princess and Charlie is going to get out and about Showjumping with his new rider (and then maybe me, when I get my brave pants back!!).

So on went the travel boots for Juno and the Tri-Zone All Sports boots for Charlie, out came the trailer, both horses had been dosed up on Simplyboost RESILIENCE as they had slight coughs and on went the control head collar and we were ready for the big move…..

3 hours later and a great loading support team and Charlie decided he would give in to stubbornness and clamber onto the trailer ready to go quite literally to greener grass! Our patience was certainly once again tested and a couple of his stroppy rears came out again leaving me shaking like a leaf but we hope that when he gets out to shows to have fun he will be much happier to load!

Both ponies settled in well at the new yard and all 3 of us are looking forward to what the next few weeks will bring!

Catch up on Horse diaries April – Fin and Horse diaries March – Stu