On Saturday 24th July we held our very first Natural Horsemanship demonstration. Thanks to James Rudelhoff, our friendly farrier, and founder of Natural Horsemanship in Spain.
If you are unfamiliar with what Natural Horsemanship is an act of bringing horses and humans together in harmony, building a strong connection and relationship through mutual trust, respect, and understanding.
It was the perfect event for both horsey and non-horsey people, where everyone could watch and learn the connection between human and horse. And which horse better to start with, than our very own Bonnie.
On 31st March 2010, early on a beautiful day, Bonnie was born. She was perfect. A filly that floated on air! Her breed is Anglo-Arab x Welsh, which I think you’ll agree, makes her look stunning. This is why we named her Bonita (pretty in Spanish).
Bonnies best friend who she lived with up until 2 years ago was our little Pippa. When Bonnie was just over a year old, she had an awful accident. We arrived in the morning to feed them their breakfast, normally greeted by both of them at the gate, there was Pippa standing on her own. Instantly I felt sick, knowing that something was wrong!
Bonnie was standing paralyzed in shock under the shelter, unable to move her hind legs! We called the vet straight away, whilst waiting offered her breakfast which she ate. There were no signs at all, to tell us what she had done. The fences were all ok, it was a complete mystery.
The vet arrived; it was bad news. She had crushed her pelvis; it was a mess. I was thinking she was going to tell me ‘she would have to be put to sleep’. Thankfully that wasn’t the case.
Being that she was very young, she would mend. She told us never to breed her, and that she would have problems carrying weight. With strong pain killers & weeks of rehab, we got her moving again.
To date Bonnie has never been ridden, she is frightened of most things and has never experienced the number of people that surrounded her during this event. Although, once everyone took their seats, she gracefully greeted everyone as if to say, “Wow, are you all here to see me? Thanks so much for coming!”