From shedding enough hair to fashion a new pony to being totally unflustered after a pheasant makes a hasty exit from a hedge, here are five signs your equine bestie is a native.
- Jack of all trades He’s the epitome of versatility. Your native will turn his hoof to anything. Be it a hunter trial, quadrille or anything in between, you like to keep your options open.
- Hairy monster Clipping is a herculean task. After upwards of an hour there’ll be enough hair leftover to nest the entire UK bird population and you’ll probably have to do it all over again in a few weeks.
- Softly, softly You know your native has some spectacular paces, however drawing them isn’t straightforward. Such a feat often requires a yard’s worth of horses hooning round in the field adjacent to the school, or a 10°C drop in temperature – fingers crossed for rogue sheep at your next dressage competition…
- No thanks The stubborn streak is a part of your native that, while often endearing, you could probably do without. Everyday tasks, such as loading and leading, can become a battle of wills. How much do you really want to box up and go to that competition, anyway?
- What’s that? Generally unflappable, your native may suffer from ‘selective spooking’, an unfortunate condition (for his rider) where his spooks are perfectly timed for maximum chaos – who said horses don’t have a sense of humour?
Our natives bring a whole host of fun to the table, with their enviable sense of humour and endless capability. While they aren’t always straightforward, we know you wouldn’t change yours for the world.