Pebbles is fast, fun and sometimes furious! She likes to think that she is in charge (we daren't graze her with Rosie as there would be battle royal) and is always putting poor Dandy in his place - Sirrus just keeps out of trouble, whereas Pebbles' boyfriend Archie is a little hen-pecked at times. As a ride she is very gentle, but can be quite flighty on a canter with a excitable buck on occasions, but nothing that would dislodge a well balanced rider. Pebbles has taken to a bitless bridle brilliantly as she does not like any pressure on her head at all, so she has to be ridden in a very light hand, due to the poor alignment of her teeth and jaw. A great little thoroughbred horse for great young experienced riders!
During 2016 Pebbles experienced some unfortunate encounters with traffic, which once again destablised her very sensitive nature, but with gentle and steady work through this last autumn and now into the winter, she is once again trusting us and beginning to make a trusting riding horse once again. She is certainly one of our more challenging horses!
Pebbles' barefoot trims:
Problems: Quite substantial dishing at pace, but no particular hoof problem - however she did develop an abscess after three months of work, which we have now eradicated and worked through. This has undoubtedly always been an underlying issue until it was given opportunity to come to fruition. Pebbles has now (Nov 2013) had no abscess problems for 12 months and her dishing is far less serious than originally.
Pebbles also arrived with serious head swinging issues, and was obviously uncomfortable in a bitted bridle. We immediately put her into a Dr Cook's bitless bridle, and her head swinging diminished. For the first year we had to have her teeth floated every 4 months for her own comfort, but we are now down to 9months to one year between each treatment, and she goes wonderfully in a bitless bridle. She is certainly a well settled and happy little mare. (Nov 2013)