I’ a ‘townie’ – growing up on the South Coast of England in a small town.
I’ve always loved horses.
I travelled to Australia in 2000, spending four months as a jillaroo in the Northern Territory, got the obligatory horse tattoo and accepted that that had been my ‘horsey’ experience of my life.
Fast forward 10 years later, seven months pregnant, I became the proud and very inexperienced owner of a yearling.
“You won’t ride now that you have kids,” everyone said.
“But determined as I am, I had not waited until 35 years of age to own a horse to let kids stop me now.
Since then, Monty (Mariba Shazam) and I have learnt everything from each other.
Every testing situation has simply brought us closer.
Monty dislikes being fussed over, hates my…