1. My horse riding childhood
I was given my first horse at 11 by a kind neighbor, and started her myself at 14. My teenaged years were a blur of riding – we galloped 90 Mile Beach, chased wild horses in the coastal hills, rode across every local farm - and jumped every gate! We often rode bareback, and trained our horses to ride tackless. We kids camped out alone with our horses staked nearby, and swam them in the sea. We left at 5am and got home at night, sometimes slipping out at midnight to ride under a full moon. The wildness and wonder of this time helped shape me, and taught me self-reliance and responsibility for other creatures.
This story was written for the fabulous global horse trekking site Equitrekking.
New Zealand is well known for the amazing scenery and the incomparable natural beauty of our beaches and wild spots. As riders, we know that pretty much every view looks better between two furry ears, and New Zealand is no exception to that rule!
Over the last year I have been compiling a list of places to ride around the Auckland Area - enjoy!
In late November we joined the Waitemata Hunt in a trek along Te Henga walkway down to the sandune lake at Bethells and along the beach. Stunning scenery, with crashing waves and huge cliffs, and fabulous riding along the streams and through the farms.
I took a week to think about buying this horse. On paper she was perfect... black registered quarterhorse, both parents 15.1hh. In person though, she had an unpredictable streak, and ears that gave fair warning this wasn't going to be straightforward.
Trijntjes's sire is friesian stallion Trienko Van Noordwijk. With an exceptional nature, huge presence and wonderful nature, friesian stunt horse Trienko is a highly trained performer.
This bridle is a combination of two of EMF Equine's designs - the halter style bitless bridle and the bitless converter for use with traditional bridles.