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Horse Diaries: Hero – Fizzy Charlie

Bye to Hero …

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - March 18th, 2011

It was a sad day when  had to wave goodbye to the trusty steed  who was our Hero.

We’ve had some fab times with him, he never failed to bring home a rosette and he taught me to ride! He will be sadly missed, good luck to his new owner …

One of my favourite moments watching Hero …

Newcomers …

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - July 2nd, 2010

After a very sleepy and not so in the mood for it 1.05m Open class Hero made a storming round in the Newcomers. Held on Wednesday at Church Farm, Ormskirk the blazing sunshine and swarms of Horse flies didn’t put Hero off getting a good round.

We have been working hard to build his confidence up to take on the fences at this higher level. It seems to be a big step from a young horse to get from Discovery classes into Newcomers but Wednesday was definitely a step in the right direction.

He made easy, rhythmical work of most of the fences jumping well clear of the poles and showing what he is made of. Unfortunately he didn’t like the look of one of the doubles so failed to make it over – just a bit of a confidence issue that will soon be rectified.

Progress is definitely being made so watch this space!

Hop, Skip and JUMP!

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - February 1st, 2010

Yesterday Marylegs and Hero had a fabulous day up in the sunshine-y, school being taught by the infamous VIP Show jumping extraordinaire Kelly Shaw! After warming up they got cracking on some trotting poles with a small cross at the end.

DSC04069They both tackled these just grand so for Hero the poles got higher…

(he likes the challenge)

Focusing on Marylegs’ bending – which is a tad onesided at times!

Next it was time to take on some bigger jumps Marylegs did well and cleared it easy on her left rein …
she managed to clear the jump equally well on the right rein…
… the only problem was when she had to head back up the school my did she have trouble turning! Eventually with a little ‘human wall’ persuasion she made it round and really looked the part!
Poor Hero after he had stood and watched Marylegs seemed to think his time was done and seemed to lose his fuel tank. He did however, first clear all his jumps, put in no stops and all in all did an excellent job as Hero often does! Unfortunately the battery ran out on my camera…

A real good clip!

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - February 1st, 2010

Yesterday was a very refreshing day for Hero as he had his second clip of the year.

We took him outside as it was a beautiful sunny day and proceeded to clip him out. He was extremely good last time which we were hoping for again and he didn’t do too bad… He was started tied with one lead rope (quickly upped to 2) and half way through we had to dive in for a trusty old hay net. However, apart from under his belly which we will return to when everyone has still got patience he is looking all spruced up for the spring!

hero clipped

Glad to be Back…

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - January 6th, 2010

This week Hero has returned to the world of work and he is soooo pleased! Despite the mountainous – snow covered – ice pitted-crampon needing adventure that is known as walking to the school he has been very good.

He is being lulled in gently but has been ridden for about 20 mins every day since Sunday. Phrases used to describe his return have included … ‘on his toes’, ‘dancing like a muppet’, ‘full of it’ and ‘raring to go’ however, there have been no sudden excitable rampages or fits of anger just a little ‘selective hearing’ – not quite listening when he’s meant to be, but, after all he is a Man!

I CAN stand still!

I CAN stand still!


I can sort of listen to your leg!

I can sort of listen to your leg!

Week 6 – Nearly Done with Resting!21st Dec 09

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - January 1st, 2010

Hero has had it all now – floods, ice, sub zero wind chill factors and now snow! Yesterday it put down a good 6 inches of snow although they all stayed in during the ‘blizzards’ today they were dying to get out.

It was actually quite sunny despite the crunchiness under foot but wrapped up warm they were all turned out (with alot of trust that they would not go wild). Hero loved it despite the initial disgust that the grass appeared to be buried, once he had his haylage to munch on he had a fab time.

Hero is now looking forward to the end of his holidays as his innate grumpiness is getting decidedly worse – he has now decided to start kissing you with his teeth, which is not polite!

Week 5 – Wish You Were Here! 14th Dec 09

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - January 1st, 2010

Nothing exciting has happened this week. Hero spent the first couple of the freezing cold, rainy days of this week inside happily eating his haylage and making noises at his friends.

The rest of the week he has been in the fields during the day, terrorising Saffi (the Palomino Pony) leaving a big hole in the back of her rug and consequently getting beaten up by Marylegs (rightly so).

He is now getting more grumpy having less things to keep his mind occupied and is finding it increasingly difficult to stand still!

Week 3 – enjoying the Lake District

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - November 30th, 2009

Today Hero starts week 3 of his holidays and has been out to play! He wasn’t so much making sand castles as mud pies, as it is still a little soggy underfoot, but nevertheless he is still greatly enjoying himself!

Hero wishes he could pick somewhere sunnier for his holiday!

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - November 25th, 2009

'Brandy' (The Jack Russell)

'Brandy' (The Jack Russell)

Poor Hero is in week 2 of his rest period and unfortunately the weather is no better! He’s braved torrential rain (that apparently only happens once every thousand years) and flooding stables only to wake up this morning and discover The Lake District is now to be subjected to gale force winds!

He went out this morning to play for an hour and did some good old leg stretching with Brandy (The Jack Russell) – much to Brandy’s delight! He is currently munching his quality haylage which he prefers far more than wet grass!

Fizzy Charlie Wins Race

Horse: Hero - Fizzy Charlie - November 11th, 2009

Fizzy Charlie is an outstanding horse with a willing attitude towards work.

He has hunted in Ireland & continues to hunt in England with the Vale Of Lune Harriers And The Three Counties Bloodhounds (ladies or gents ride). Whilst hunting he proves to be a easy going comfortable ride with manners at all times.

Fizzy Charlie

Fizzy Charlie

This great horse has three outstanding elevated paces with a natural self carriage, definate dressage potential.

Fizzy Charlie’s instinctive jumping ability is clearly evident in his bold, careful jump.

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