Twice this week I have transported Dee's tack up to Briwnant but not succeeded in riding. On Wednesday I went out to the field to bring her in. Usually she just follows me up to the yard, but on Wednesday she was not interested. I said hello, gave her a treat and patted her neck, but when I turned away to walk back she did not follow me as expected. Now I know from previous experience with Dee that if she really does not want to come in and I try to lead her in using an ordinary head collar and lead rope it ends in trouble. It may have been that she would have walked up quietly with me – but I decided not to risk it. I was not feeling bright enough for an hour following Dee round the field to get the head collar off her after she'd dragged me around for a while. Although she would not follow me she stood looking after me for a long time – in fact I think I could see her still looking for me as I drove away.
This morning I went up again but she was too wet to put a saddle on. It has been raining for a couple of days. Ahh well – perhaps next week will be drier and Dee will feel more cooperative.
I had a nice message from Moira in response to my post about the fun ride. Moira owned Dee when she was a sprightly five year old. She said:
"I laughed out loud to read about Dee jumping that stream. I have a very similar tale to tell from years ago. We were out on a hack with a friend of mine and her horse, Chester, and were trying to find a stream crossing. We knew the way vaguely, just hadn’t done that particular ride for quite a while. My friend and Chester found what they thought was the crossing (it wasn’t the right place as it turned out) and Chester scrambled down the bank, across the stream and back up the bank on the other side. As this was happening, I could feel Dee gathering herself up for the most almighty jump. And, like you, I had absolutely no choice but to go with her. She flew right across and landed just to the left of a big tree, allowing just enough room for my leg. I always believed that she would never take a jump without being certain of her doing it safely and that if I stayed with her, I’d be okay. It sounds as if that’s still very much the case."
She is correct. I trust Dee completely when it comes to jumping. She is totally reliable and sensible. I love that mare!