By Bo Lou Nolten, Casual Trainee, Samaria Creek Morgan Horses
The day I met Judy I will never forget. It was one of the most thrilling things ever, because I’d heard a lot about her, mostly: ‘She’s a crazy horse lady!’ which made me want to meet her ASAP.
Anyway, the day I got there I totally understood what Simone meant; the way she worked with the horses could move you to tears.
Looking at how she understood the feel of the horses was just amazing.
I sat there taking picture after picture. After all that, Judy drove us to the foals. I thought we were just looking, not touching, but I was mistaken.
These little foals came galloping, so we sat down and they came up to us wanting scratches and they eventually lay down with us.
The next morning, I disappeared for almost four hours. Yep, I had fallen asleep in the foal paddock with three foals lying on me! I felt so at home.
Seeing all this was so different to the traditional English training I’d experienced and I loved it.
Who would’ve thought a horse could pick you? I ended up buying Beamer (a foal) because of it.
From the moment I saw him, I fell in love with him. He has these four amazing white stockings, along with a chocolate chestnut coat and a very proportioned white blaze on his head.
His breeding is Morgan and Arab: a perfect combination!
Later in the day, I headed to the round yard where Simone was watching Judy and Nimrod showing off. I quickly sat down in front of the crowd and continued snapping photos.
After Judy was done, she rode to the corner of the round yard to where I was sitting and said, ‘You jealous?’
I glanced at Judy and tried to stay very calm whilst I blurted out ‘Yes! VERY!!!’ So she sent me to go get my helmet. I was so nervous; I was going to ride a handsome stallion! Judy quickly announced that I was going to ride him.
I had the worst butterflies ever! I started off with a walk, then a trot, then a canter. I almost started crying, because his movement is so smooth and it feels like you’re floating.
Some jumps were set up and they got higher and higher each time we went over. Nimrod had a jump I wouldn’t forget.
That night I dreamt about him all night!
My experience at Samaria Creek Morgan Farm was one I will always remember. I took away what I had learnt so far and used it in my riding disciplines.
I want to learn everything there is to learn from Judy, because one day I’d like to achieve the same things as her and keep her way of working with horses going, and combine it with my disciplines as well.
I’d like to end this by saying if you haven’t stayed at Judy’s farm, you are missing out big time.
Horses help you a lot more than you think!