Well 2017 just wasn’t to be my year competitively. In August after many tests and visits to vets my beloved Gari had to be put to sleep. He had a degenerative disease in one of his hocks and his prognosis was poor for a future even just hacking out. It was a tough time and 2017 has taught me a lot about myself. I cannot thank Gari enough for all that he taught me and I miss his whinny when I arrive at the yard.
In September we commenced a tour of the UK looking for a new partner for me. The search eventually took us to The Netherlands where I found Arlo who is a 17.1hh, 6yo KWPN bay gelding. He has a tremendous attitude to work and loves to learn. He arrived home after his long journey from The Netherlands in mid-October.
Scotland has proved to be a culture shock but he is adjusting well. Within two days he was cheery and eating, drinking and running around like he had been here for months, which was a huge relief after his long journey. We are hoping to start competing at novice level, purely because he is still young and we want to enjoy competing together before we have the added pressure of advanced movements.
What I love so much about him is that he finds the lateral work and the changes naturally easy, there is no force with him, which makes the future even more exciting. He sees himself as the Yard Comedian and will pick up anything left anywhere near him! He’s a real “people” horse and loves attention and watching me as I carrying out yard jobs around him.
After so long without Gari in action, followed by losing him, I am exceptionally positive about my future with Arlo and very grateful to mum and dad!