The weather has certainly not made it easy, however this week we have taken on a new clan member, Beth. Having grown up next to a Lipizzaner stud farm (the beautiful Austrian “white” horses), I spent all my formative years in stables with these beautiful horses, grooming them, feeding them, turning them out into fields and bringing them back in, mucking out, sweeping the yard… the list is endless from the everyday chores to taking them to shows pulling carriages and bringing new foals into this world. I did everything with them however I never learned to ride as my parents couldn’t afford lessons… and none of these particular horses were ridden otherwise I am sure they would have let me learn there. I always said that one day I would learn to ride and have horses myself and that was one of the hopes and plans for when we moved to Warwickshire two and a half years ago now.
So having had lessons for the last couple of years, finally the time has come and last Saturday I borrowed my friend and QVC guest presenter Beverley Cressman’s trailer and off we went to collect Beth in the howling winds and driving rain. Many firsts come with this for me, pulling a trailer being one of them and not just pulling… reversing too!! Bev and I nearly wet ourselves laughing with the “down a bit, back a bit, forward a bit, right a bit, back a bit, forward a bit, right a bit, left a bit.” It seemed to go on forever but I’m glad to say we got there in the end despite the weather, and Beth moved into her new yard smoothly. I even managed to reverse park the trailer back into Bev’s barn once we were done. (BTW please note my Centigrade down coat , I’ve had it for years and it is still the warmest and most wonderful companion in this awful weather!)
Sometimes you can have a dream for such a long time that when it actually comes to fruition it’s quite a shock to the system. We live in our wellies so we love that bit but the emotional side of a new horse for both her and I is definitely a learning curve to negotiate… but we will get there, already this first week has been full of smiles of joy coupled with tears of frustration! I’ve had many conversations over the years with Alison Young, Michael Di Cesare, Cathy Kangas, and other QVCers who own horses, and have longed to be able to experience the same. So here the journey begins and boy I know it’s a journey. Step one however is now behind us, we go onwards and upwards and I will keep you posted along the way!
By the way, now more than ever my nails are going to be put under duress so I’m swearing by my OPI Nail Envy and my new coat of armour that has lasted really well this week is Nails Inc Gel Pro Colour. It’s proving to be super strong varnish as it barely budged which is a real achievement as my nails are incredibly oily and generally no colour lasts more than 24 hours before chipping or peeling.
So happy days all round and happy half term if you’ve got children off this week.
…and Beth x