Trinnie waas the horse nobody wanted to ride when she arrived at the yard 13 years ago. Fresh off the racecourse she was full of insecurities which manifested as bad temper and dangerous behaviour. It wasn't this that put me off, more the fact that as a very slight 15.2hh Thoroughbred, she wasn't what I was used to; that being a middle weight 17hh warmblood!
She had been given to a friend of mine who asked if I wanted to ride her. I started to work with her and take her out and about. Over the next 11 years weformed a partnership that was so special. It took me 2 years of patience before she trusted me to hack out without fretting about everything we encountered that wasn't the race track she was used to. The only thing she was brilliant with was traffic. Having been bred and trained in Newmarket, she was absolutley bomb proof with any traffic.
She saw me through some very rough times in my life and I honestly felt that she could sense everything I went through with a divorce, beast cancer diagnosis and other life traumas. Whenever I saw her she lifted my spirits and in the summer after my cancer diagnosis looked after me when I startedriding again after a 9 hour operation. She never gave me a momnets worry and I always felt perfectly safe. I trusted her with my life and felt the feeling was mutual.
She wasn't my perfect horse as arthritis prevented me from doing any jumping with her which I love but I doubt I will ever find another horse with whom I will form such a special bond. I feel very priviledged to have been able to share her with my friend.
Trinnie hadto be sent over the rainbow bridge in April 2019, aged 18, after we found her unable to weight bear on one leg after intermittent lameness. She wasn't a horse that could be stabled and she hated vets with a vengance, so the decision was made to let her go as she was clearly in so much pain.
I miss her terribly and always will but at least I will have a little bit of her in my bracelet.
Debbie, November 2019