Lidgett Saran is a five year old, 15.2hh Welsh Section D Mare.
I first met her nine months ago when asked if I would be interested in riding and competing her. I saw her ridden then had a go myself and instantly fell for her. She was like no other horse I had ridden or even met. Her brain is like a sponge and just absorbs everything and takes it in her stride.
Being a welsh section D and also having Lidgett bloodlines she also has a temper. She will challenge you and sometimes test your patience but that's what makes her who she is. The saying 'you can tell a gelding but have to ask a mare' is certainly the case in Saran's eyes.
When I first rode her, she had to hop into trot and run into canter. She was recently backed and was in the process of schooling on.
After our first ride, I was told that I could ride her whenever she was in her stable. I was over the moon. All my dreams and ambitions of competing had now come back into sight and I jumped straight in.
After many weeks of riding Saran, I started to help look after the owner's other horses, which is great. I had something to do, more to focus on and I could do more with Saran. The only downside to this amazing horse is the sweet itch that bugs us all every summer. Every day I rub cream in her mane, forlock and face to soothe her skin and keep flies off as well as keep a sweet itch rug on her at all times and apparently this year is the best she's ever looked as far as sweet itch is concerned. I must of been doing something right.
It wasn't until a few weeks ago we clicked closer together. She is now happier to hack out alone, she trusts me over jumps she is unsure of. I can read her a lot better, and we have a working hunter competition in store in three weeks time.
I hope we can continue to grow together and keep improving our bond together as time goes on.