Exmoor pony Mad!
Hi there, I've loved ponies for as long as I can remember! A few years ago I fell of a horse, almost onto concrete and broke my arm. I really wanted to ride again but when I got on I felt really scared and wanted to get back off! My Mum and Dad thought that if they got me a pony I might want to try again. We tried loads of ponies but none of them were right. Finally we found one. His name was Bracken, and he was an Exmoor Pony, I fell in love with him at first sight!
At first I was reluctant to ride him, but one of my mum's friends' said she knew a riding school that might help. There I rode a pony that was quite a bit taller than Bracken (as Bracken is an Exmoor he can only be 12.3hh or smaller).
The pony that I rode at the riding school, Balli, was 14hh and Bracken was 12.3hh! I slowly started getting more confident and less scared. And then my riding instructor came to our yard and started teaching me on Bracken. One day at school a friend said, "I can canter!" I'd always helped her and she'd always helped me so I asked my riding instructor if I could have a canter, and she said yes! Now I've come on leaps and bounds and Bracken has come every step of the way with me! He is really lazy in the school but very forward going on hacks and jumping! One of the main reasons that I love ponies is that they teach you loads and are always there for you!