I blame Anna …..

It’s all Anna Blake’s fault, this post and so much more …….

There’s no blogger or horse author I know of who has published such consistently insightful, readable writing on the equine/human relationship. I blame her for making me and horsemen and women everywhere put their horses first. For delving deeper into the horse’s mind than a forensic scientist with a very sharp scalpel and revealing exactly why aspects of of our time-honoured practices and horseman’s wisdom are counterproductive. For shaming us into thinking about the suffering humans inflict on horses, even unintentionally. And she knows how to do it with a lightness of touch and a sense of rightness that mirror the horsemanship she advocates.

Enough of the fan mail. Except to praise the loyalty Anna shows to her blogging community: she never leaves a comment unanswered and is always encouraging.

I commented rather lengthily on her last post, which led to a brief exchange about amateur horsepeople like me needing ready, willing and able back up in the face of illness or injury. This arose from a heartfelt admission of my own precarious situation.

If you were a reader of this blog before I decided to give it a break in January 2015, you may remember that my health had frequently impacted on my equine plans. Well, I say impacted ….. more like ground them into the dust and spat on them.

Having bought a new horse to live alongside our two retirees in late 2009, I broke a leg – the only horse-related accident – then fractured my jaw and skull, had another leg op., a period of loss of balance, a broken foot, arthritis in my shoulder and knees, worsening osteoporosis….. the litany goes on. So there was never enough riding time to make the progress I’d hoped for. However, time on the ground absolutely transformed my relationship with my younger horse, who initially threw more challenges at me than I thought I could handle but, as time went by, responded eagerly to every learning curve I lobbed back.

Now sweet sixteen, Pom, the one-time Spanish delinquent, became the horse I always wanted.

And just when, last Autumn, we were getting back into fitness after the heat of summer, I was walking up a small bank and turned at an awkward angle to see if the horses were going to follow me out to the field, when I heard an almighty crack and my left leg crumbled from under me. Luckily the horses were still in the barn.

I won’t bore you with the detail (at least not in this post!), but what a sense of déjà vu!

Four months later I am still using crutches and Pom has learned how to pick them up if I drop them. Anna said she’d like to see it, so please bear with me as I’ve not posted a video before, in particular the sound is a bit loud in the first and the second two are rather murky! 

Anyway, now Anna gave me the impetus I needed, I intend to return to regular posting, but, for the moment, for Anna, Cheryl and all of you whose comments and friendship I’ve missed, here are three very short clips:


About cavaliereattitude

Englishwoman, transplanted to SW France in '86, blogging - with a large dose of humour and self-deprecation - about life with my husband and our horses, the never-ending renovation of an ancient and crumbly stone farmhouse and the attempt to carve a beautiful garden and productive pasture out of a woodland wilderness.........
Video | This entry was posted in Ageing/Aging, animal training, animals, Horses, Living in France, Riding, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

9 Responses to I blame Anna …..

  1. rontuaru says:

    Oh Pom, you grew up! So smart, that he will pick up your crutch if dropped. Handy, too! I know all your setbacks must be horribly discouraging. I’m glad you can still soldier on and enjoy the simple pleasure of their company when possible. They are so dear to us and lift our spirits even if we can’t always ride them. I broke a leg last March, right at the start of spring riding. Then I lost a beloved dog. It seemed like the sadness would never end, but it did eventually. So I’ll think about you today when I go ride Dharla and remind myself not to take that privilege for granted. Here’s to better health and a full recovery! 🙂


    • Thank you for your lovely comment, Cheryl. Especially after all you’ve been through healthwise, I’m just small fry! How on earth did you break your leg? And losing Hazer must have been a dreadful blow. I hope you and Dharla had a great outing – she must be a teenager too now? Is she steadier these days too? And do you still have Rascal, as well as Bullit, I presume? I miss reading your posts too, can I encourage you to take it up again? I think maybe a lot of us “toughies” go quiet when bad stuff happens in case people think we’re sissies, when we ought to let it out and hear back from others. Hell, we could have – could still – compare broken leg experiences! And I’m glad we’re both Anna fans, she really is an amazing teacher, such a good influence. I look forward to reading you soon ….😊

      Liked by 1 person

  2. Anna Blake says:

    Oh hooray. Wonderful to see this in my mailbox, I still love the way you write… and thank you for the kind words. (I’m just bull-headed where blogging is concerned.)

    I’m just home from a long work day and these videos brought a smile. Being this age makes me think you should crank up a How-To video on crutch retrieval, for women of a certain age. It’s the kind of “advanced” training we should all be working on. I think it’s a decent get-rich plan and the back-up barn help would get the job title “working student’. 🙂

    Truly, so good to read your words. You are living the dream over there in France. It just doesn’t always feel that way.(Sure doesn’t here, if I don’t remind myself.) Pom has grown to fit his place. Handsome indeed. And you will be sound, again, yourself. Best wishes for a strong recovery. I’ll be looking for the next post. Thank you!


    • No, thank You! You are THE horse writer whose modus operandi and opinions I value. 😊 It really is your fault for teaching me to think horse far more effectively. I love the get-rich, how-to scheme. Yes, training horses as home help for the elderly is surely the way to cope with the “ageing population” crisis!

      I never stopped reading you, though I had a weird spell where I truly felt I needed a break from blogging and commenting. Now I await the film of Stable Relation, which will keep you and yours in gilded hay forever. And like Arnie, “I’ll be back” ….. on WordPress and in the saddle!

      Liked by 1 person

  3. Barley and I says:

    Finally! Welcome back❣ I find it just amazing, you take yet another bad thing and turn it into something great! Pom looks great, such a good an clever boy and what an achievement 💟


  4. magreenlee says:

    Hi! I saw an old comment from you on my blog and came over to see what you’re up to. My god, you’ve had a rough time of it but I love how your relationship with Pom has improved with all the ground work. And it’s something that I have learned over the years – you don’t HAVE to ride a horse to have a relationship with it!!!!
    I hope you’re doing better now (3 months since this post). I’d love to meet you some day…. maybe I will get over that way on a weekend trip sometime. x


    • Hi Martine,
      It’s great to hear from you! And I know that you’ve really been through the mill… much more than me; I’ve been catching up with your blog from time to time, even if not commenting, in fact just read your latest earlier today and was glad to know that your back is improving and really hope Aero and Flurry might be on the up too. Whenever I read your blog I always think it would be such good fun if you were nearby to do horsey stuff with! Last month we had the horsesitters in and went down towards the Med touring. We had 3 nights near Narbonne, intending to go towards Nimes and maybe further east. I even said to my LSH, if we get as far as the Luberon we could maybe look up Martine! Sadly the Tramontagne was intent on blowing us off our feet and we went back west instead of east. The best thing was a lovely getaway for ten days; took a crutch with me and had forgotten it by the time we got back. So many gorgeous bits of France we’re still discovering. We finally did get to do up our little barn for visitors, and if I say so myself, it turned out quite well!….. so why not come and see us, you’d be very welcome. x

      Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s