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Only a Fool on a Horse

Sarah Johnson has worked at Metrohm UK as a customer support representative for 5 years. Sarah started work at Metrohm after completing a degree in Medical Biology at the University of Huddersfield. She is a valued member of the team here in Cheshire and is always happy to help customers and staff … she’s also great company on a night out!

Although Sarah is dedicated to her work, colleagues often ask «Why the long face» … the truth is she would rather be with her horse Meg most of the time! Sarah got into horse riding at the age of 8 as her mum loved horses too and 4 years ago decided to buy her own horse.

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«I bought Meg from a lady who got her from Ireland to be used as a riding school horse, however after getting her home it was soon discovered that due to her lack of education and nervous temperament she was not a suitable candidate. So she put her up for sale, she was the complete opposite to everything I wanted in a horse, but I knew from the very first ride that I’d be buying her.

When I got her home she hadn’t been ridden much and was very immature not to mention scared of her own shadow! I have spent a lot of time with her, training her how to go correctly and helping her to understand how to behave in certain situations. She is now a confident, very willing little horse with bags of potential and so much further to go. Having a horse and riding is all about trust and communication between yourself and an animal whose primary response is to run away. It’s safe to say that when you get it right there is a bond. Having a 460 kg animal willing to try to do what you ask and who recognises you as its person is a pretty special feeling. One I wouldn’t trade for all the money in the world.

Meg has absolutely taught me the true meaning of patience and that the saying ‹head up, heels down› actually keeps you in the saddle a good 80% of the time.  It’s not all been plain sailing and we have had our share of bumps and falls—including one pretty bad accident where I ended up going through a fence. It’s never about IF you will fall off a horse it’s WHEN and it’s important to get up and get back in that saddle. Which is why I jumped round a course of fences with a cracked rib and a shoulder which had popped itself back in after dislocating!»

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To quote Charlotte Dujardin—«When I say I do dressage I get blank looks, no one has a clue what I’m on about»

«I’m really proud of Meg when it comes to dressage, I took her to her first ever show 3 years ago where she behaved impeccably and we won our class! Since then we have continued to progress through the levels. We are currently competing competently at Novice level coming second in our most recent competition on the 10th March 2018. At home we are working at Elementary/Medium level which involves lots of sideways movements and extension of paces—It’s starting to look a lot like horse dancing!

Meg is also a fab little jumper, I have taught her from poles on the ground up to jumping around a course of fences at 85 cm in height—nothing on the scale of professional show jumping but good for a small horse who’s really built to pull a cart!»

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«2018 is going to be an interesting year for us, we are looking to compete at elementary level by the end of summer, and following this we will look to join British Dressage and compete as affiliated members. This means that after accumulating a set number of points we can compete at a regional and even national level—big dreams for a little horse!

We are also looking to try our hand at cross country, although Meg is not the most confident when it comes to getting her feet wet! However she loves to gallop, team this with jumps and we may be away! British Eventing for us in 2019?… Watch this space!»

 

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1 Comment

  • C S RAMACHANDRAN

    A heart-warming story, Sarah and a rather different and refreshing one from what we have seen so far in the blog.

    Truly, the bond between human beings and animals is a special one. Reading the post, I remembered the “Born free” book series on Elsa, the lioness by Joy Adamson, one of my favorite animal human stories.

    As a wise quote goes, “Animals are reliable, many full of love, true in their affections, predictable in their actions, grateful and loyal. Difficult standards for people to live up to”. 🙂

    July 27, 2018 - 11:21 am Reply

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