My name is Christina, I'm 21 years old.
I want to tell you a little bit about my mare Chiara...
Since 5 years Chiara and I are a "team".
In the beginning, there were no true friendship. I rode her with bridle, spurs and whip.
In winter she stood in the box, the whole day.
She was so angry and sad, there only was hatred in her eyes.
But now it has changed!
Since 3 years she lives in an open stable, can walk around freely and is very happy.
In the beginning I rode her a lot, but one and a half years ago she began to founder (FesseltrÃ¤gerentzÃ¼ndung) and I began to rethink:
Is THIS real friendship?
And I came to the achievement, that THIS ISN'T real friendship, that this "friendship" is very egoistic!
I wanted to change this, I played a lot with her, I spent a lot of time with her, we made things TOGETHER, her character changed, there was contentment in her eyes!
After one year her leg was healthy again and the vet said, that I have to ride her, to strenghts her muscles.
And I did so, bitless and very carefull, but I rode her. I thought this would be OK for her.
But is wasn't Ok...
She clearly showed me, that she doesn't want to be ridden, she snap at me while I saddle her,...
After a while I noticed, that she has backache.
This was the time, when I began to rethink again.
And now I want to be a real friend to her!
I think this forum is right for me to learn that again, to learn how we will grow together more.
Here are some pictures: