I’ve mentioned him here and there enough times so I thought it was about time that I introduced my baby properly.
I met Ziggy early April this year. With the news of my partner going into the army I informed him that I was going to get a horse then. I wanted a project to get me out of the house and focus on while he was away being shot at. I mentioned that I wanted to loan a horse to a friend who runs a livery yard. To which she said “loan or buy?” I shrugged and just said I can’t afford to buy. Anyway! Her friend had taken on a pair of colts (young stallions) which gypsies had left in a field to starve. She was keeping one and selling the other, if she didn’t get them moved soon they’d be shot. A completely wild colt was a bit different to the 6ish year old who’d already had the basics put in place that I originally had in mind!
So, I went and met them. I couldn’t help myself, he has such a beautiful face with soft eyes. I just fell in love! He was skin ‘n bone and absolutely terrified of people – we found a home made mace in their field so they’d clearly been beaten in the past. A couple of weeks later it took 8 people 7 hours to catch him and get him boxed up. But that was it, he was mine!!
I didn’t even try and touch him for the first couple of days, he went wide eyed with terror at the thought of it, poor soul. However, it’s a private yard but lots of grandkids and similar relatives visit so he had plenty of people milling around him and he got used to people quite quickly. After two weeks he went out into the field and he’s been such a star the whole time! Ok so it got a bit much when he kept jumping the electric fence to get to the mare… so he is now gelded. But! I couldn’t ask for a better horse.
Over the last 4 months ish I’ve been learning more about myself through him. It all sounds very cheesy but it’s been so good for me slowing everything down and watching every little detail. I’m using positive reinforcement methods and will clicker train him when I can get my hands on a clicker – I did have 2 but both vanished! I’ll break him in next spring. I’ve done various bits with other green ponies but never done the whole deal by myself before, so it’s a great project and fun learning curve.
Now for the pics! We concluded Ziggy’s an arab x cob, and he turned 2 in (about) July this year. He jumps the electric fence without any problems, that stands at 3’7 so I will be jumping him for fun and hopefully competing in Endurance.
This was taken the first day I got him (poor baby) –
A couple of days after I got him -
The first time I’ve put a rug on him! He was as good as gold and didn’t bat an eye-lid.