I really don't know why I try to name my horses, as my father tends to just do it himself. Marmalade has now become Marnie. When I told my dad my name ideas he just looked at me and said in his matter of fact way "Well, I've just been calling her Marnie." And that was that. Marnie it is.
Marnie has had a stretching couple of weeks. I've learned a lot about this little horse.
A couple of weeks ago my brother and sister-in-law were up for a few days while my brother worked in a local community. They brought their brood of 3 kids. They kidlets are 4, 2, and 4 months. I had gone to the farm to work the dogs. Both of the mobile children are animal crazy and I offered to lead them around on the horse. (They already ride the sheep.) They were PUMPED! With no helmet and no boots and no child saddle I decided bareback was the best route. Dad led the mare around while I walked beside hands on waists to ensure safety and balance. This was the first time I put a child on Marnie. She was great!
On Saturday I hauled her to the jumping stable I ride out of. She was saddled English and rode in my lesson. She was great! She handled everything in stride and with grace. I am so pleased with this horse.
Today my other brother and his brood, a 4 year old boy were out. The little monkey was keen to ride but scared. My brother insisted I saddle the horse. So saddled, with precious cargo aboard we began making circles in the field. After the first few laps he relaxed and was thrilled to be riding a horse by himself. The mare was fabulous. Her ears were almost straight back as she listened to him chatter away. Her head relaxed and her eye soft she patiently walked endless laps carrying the little guy.
I am thrilled with her kind attitude and her willingness to do this.