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Leaving my horse to go to Uni - AH Dressage

November 27, 2017

I thought this was an important blog post to write, every year I see fellow equestrians worrying about whether to take their horse(s) to University....and trust me, from the moment I bought Maxi it was a niggling worry about what I would do....and as time went by and we realised the 'true' Maxi it became even more of a worry. I'm not going to lie, its hard, it really is, but those of you who have heard about Maxi, and lets not lie, he does have a reputation, will know why I decided not to take him to University, but here is a little back story. 

 

So I purchased Maxi Hill as a fabulously bred modern Irish Sports Horse (TB X BWP) recently backed 4yr old (Grand Sire: Darco x Dam Sire: Rudimentary) with hopes to take him through the eventing levels, maybe aim for grassroots champs and also do lots of dressage with him... Maxi had other ideas…Namely that he cant/wont jump fences (I have no idea what happened to this animal in Ireland but something did, never seen a horse get so stressed over a single walk pole). He has the typical Darco personality with zilch of the Darco talent (aka he is very opinionated, throws his weight around and has a very busy brain).

 

I probably spoke to every single dressage rider offering schooling livery in Kent, Sussex, Surrey, Suffolk and Hampshire before deciding to send him to Ashleigh! Talking to dressage riders many were going on and on about how much pole work they do, which obviously for Maxi is a major turn off and whilst they sounded like they could cope with a stunning enthusiastic dressage bred horse, I just didn't feel many of them were ready for a Maxi in their lives (I mean who is to be honest....)!!!!! I was getting more and more panicked as he has also got an aversion to large yards, Shetlands, coloureds and any person he deems not worthy of his presence (aka my mum), which meant my list of options got smaller and smaller....

I had known Ashleigh for a little whil