My interest in horses began at a very young age, longer than I can actually remember. I was entranced by increasingly harder horse knowledge books, absorbing the information like a sponge, and when at 8 years old I was allowed to start riding lessons, I was thrilled! I tried my hardest to learn all I could about horses and training, and I did learn a lot.
Fast forward to 16, and I was preparing to go to college after being home-educated all my life, and in the wake of a tough time for me and my family. Several bad experiences had left me struggling with slight anxiety, which blew out of all control when I went to the very new environment of college. I spiralled into depression and anxiety, feeling like my life was over. I dropped out and came home in November, just under two months after I started.
In January 2014, I was introduced to Myni and Bob and Bridle Ways. They changed my life, and I slowly came out of my shell. I’d always loved horses, having seen them as almost perfect creatures, and to find a place with horses as messed up as I was made me realise that I wasn’t completely insane, and I could get better. Working with TC, the “ASBO Pony”, and seeing his antics showed me that I could laugh again, and the other horses taught me so many things between them.
Over the past few months, my confidence has increased massively, and I feel better than I have done in a very long time. Without Myni and Bob, I would be completely lost. Bridle Ways is a huge part of my life now, and I enjoy working with the horses and watching them improve and get better.
Over the last six months my mental state has drastically improved. I am back on track with my life and am heading off to continue my equine studies in a better environment.
My time at Bridle Ways has shown me that not only is it possible to heal horses, but also that however dark life seems, there is always a way out.
Catching up with Emma – Summer 2017
There is only one word to describe Emma – and that is Wow!
She has never, never given up on her dream and has gradually worked through all the British Horse Society exams necessary to become a Stage 3 Coach in Complete Horsemanship in her one and only chosen career of being able to teach people – especially young children, to ride horses.
Now, after completing her studies at a large BHS approved equestrian teaching centre in the Midlands – Emma is working there full time in charge of her own classes of young riders. Emma’s happiness has grown still further as her boyfriend, Chris, who she met at college is following the same career path as her – so they have lots of common interests.
Emma’s Mother Teresa, says that when she recently watched her daughter taking part in a big charity show staged by the college, she hardly recognised her confident daughter.
Says Emma “Of course, I have good days and bad days – but the good days far outweigh the bad. Although coming away to college was a bit of a shock – I managed to keep going, made lots of good friends – including one special friend who had been through the same as me. I guess I’m better equipped these days to deal with life as it comes”.