Little Mo (Mojo), circa 1983-2018
My Little Welsh Mare!
A 14hh pony of Welsh type. Bay mare with dapples as the seasons changed. Three white socks, a crooked blaze, a tiny white star on the forehead and smidges of pink and white under the lower lip and at the bottom of the blaze. Half a mane and a beautiful black silky tail. A powerful neigh, a gentle nicker and a kind eye. A mischievous character and an overwhelming love of food. In short, the most adorable pony you ever saw..........
Lower Wall Yard 2002 - 2004
Where It All Began
A girl we knew, called Sam came to see her a couple of weeks later and had a ride in the school. Mojo was her usual cheeky self and began chucking out the occasional buck! We said to Sam, "so what do you think of her Sam?"
and the reply was "erm well she’s very sweet Pennie, but I wouldn’t have got her for a first pony".
Building A Bond
In the summer of 2011, I realised that due to some major falls from other horses, my confidence had been knocked drastically. I wanted to develop a closer bond with Mo but it seemed really hard. She was quite stubborn, strong willed, napped if she went out without another horse, often spooked out on rides and she most certainly wasn’t cuddly! It dawned on me that something needed to change in order for me to get the relationship that I yearned for with Mo, and that confidence and knowledge played a major part. I was fortunate enough that Jez put me in touch with a local lady, Cathy, a trainer in natural horsemanship, who helped me. She really taught me how to have fun with Mojo, through the use of games and body language. I was so grateful and so very happy. You can find more information from Cathy by clicking the link below.
Coping with the loss of a horse
The loss of a heart horse
To lose a heart horse or indeed any animal that you have a truly special bond with can feel like losing part of your DNA.....
For those of you who have suffered the loss of a heart horse or pony, I hope that the story of my journey in grief and the ways in which I have found that help with managing grief, along with ways that I have gathered from others, will help give you comfort and help you in your own personal journey.