Today myself and Lauren drove over to Caythorpe to see her new horse Amber.Well to be honest it's not Laurens horse, but she doesn't seem to mind that as the lady that does own him called Sarah has very kindly let Lol get her "horse fix" by letting her feed and groom him...and probably pamper the poor fella to death!.
Lauren has been riding on and off for about 5 years now, but due to the cost involved (about £15-£20 per hour) and her having a younger brother and an older sister, she has had to get a ride when she can, and due to cash limitations that has sadly been not too often over the last few years.
Thank goodness then for people such as Sarah who can obviously see the enthusiasm in Lauren, and is willing to give her a hand with her passion by getting her involved in the care and maintenance of her horse Amber.
Now the hard work starts.Lauren must get over to the farm at between 4 and 5pm to give him his daily nosebag, and this means a drive of 8-9 miles each way, most of which at this time of year will be in darkness, but of course either myself or Teresa will be providing the "Taxi Service" for her....well until the days get lighter at least :-)
Lauren loves horses, and I am sure that she will be more than happy to put in the effort in return for a few rides and the chance to lavish a lot of love on Amber. One day I would like to get her her own horse, but until my numbers come up on the lottery, this arrangement is going to be just great ! :-)
Apparently Amber is an Ex racehorse who is still owned by HRH the queen, but has been retired into pasture for the last 10 years now.Amber stands approx 16 HH and is ...well.....Amber in colour. A Gelding, he is what you would describe as a little boisterous at times, but a fantastic looking steed all the same.