Posted: 15/03/2016 at 15:14
BL the first horse I ever rode was my uncle's point to pointer called Panada (a cooking connection there) - I was about six years old and was put up and walked around the schooling area - I was in heaven. After that when I visited there was a pony for me to ride - sometimes my uncle's friend and neighbour the late great showjumper Alan Oliver gave me a lesson.
For a couple of years in my early teens I'd go and stay with my friend at her sister's place. Her husband was the local MFH and in exchange for long hours mucking out and cleaning tack I got to ride out on one of his steadier horses.
Lovely big horses with muscle, power and character