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Big Thank You

Posted by on May 6, 2014 in Testimonials | Comments Off on Big Thank You

Big Thank You

Just a big thank you for our wonderful lesson today. You were so pleasant, kind and motivating. We really loved everything and so look forward to next time...

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Nicky Stevens

Posted by on Mar 13, 2014 in Testimonials | Comments Off on Nicky Stevens

Nicky Stevens

My name in Nicky Stevens and I found out about western riding at the tender age of  55 through a work colleague of mine at the time.  I have always loved animals but particularly horses.  I have two older sisters and a younger brother, yet I am the only member of the family with this love, so where it came from, I don’t know. After talking to my colleague about my fear of falling off, she told me that I should come up to where she kept her horse (Dry), in Bodiam, and have a word with Susie Anderson.  I duly arranged to meet up with her one Saturday and met Susie who said exactly what I wanted to hear – “if all you want to do is sit on a horse that’s fine”, “ if you’ve had enough after 10 minutes that’s fine”.  What I was concerned about was the thought that I had to stay mounted for a particular length of time. Up to that time I had ridden very little (about 3 or 4 times, where each time we had gone out, the horse for one reason or another bolted and I came off).  My last fall did it for me and I wouldn’t even get back on, I just walked the horse back to the stables on foot.  I thought that that was it, I just wasn’t meant to ride, I had lost my nerve completely.   My ambition was – and still is – to go out on a hack and actually lope (or at that time canter), as I didn’t know there was such a thing as western riding which I much prefer) I imagine it must be such a feeling of freedom just being as one with your horse in open countryside. After speaking with Susie I booked up for a ½ hour lesson the following Saturday.  Saturday came, you can imagine how keen I am to reach my ambition as it took  1hr and 10 mins to get up to Bodiam!  I had to give myself one more chance at achieving my dream and Susie was certain that she would be able to help.  Oh how right she was! Susie must have realised how nervous I was and she was really positive. My friend who had come up with me, told me afterwards that she couldn’t help thinking that she might have done the wrong thing by trying to get me back on a horse as she could see me shaking from where she was standing – and that was some distance away. First of all Susie took me all round the horse  pointing out various parts of the tack and what things were called.  She then gave me a mounting block and I thought, I really don’t want to do this, but if I don’t I’m really going to look stupid, so up I got – of course I was extremely nervous getting up onto Ritzy a beautiful horse, she was extremely quiet and seemed to understand that I was really nervous.  I seem to recall that I was just walking around on a lunge line, but after about 20 mins or so I told Susie that I had had enough.  She had no problem with this and the lesson ended. Having been...

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