Rosie is the featured horse this month (Jan 2015)




Rosie first came to the WRC as a livery in about 1999. She was purchased for a very good teenage rider Natasha Patel. Rosie was a brilliant horse for Natasha, she was a very good jumper, was fun but safe on hacks and was the perfect teenager's horse. 

In 2004 Natasha went to university and didn't have the time to dedicate to Rosie so very kindly donated her to the Riding Centre.  At this point Rosie was 14 years old.  She was still very forward and perfect to train our apprentices on.  She also did some RDA work but on a lead rein for safety.  As the years passed and Rosie got older she also developed C.O.P.D. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)  This meant she had to slow right down on her work.  It is a disease of the respiratory system so doing fast work puts more strain on the breathing. It is a condition that can be maintained with care.  She needs a dust free environment which means bedding on shavings and eating haylage or soaked hay.  Ventilation is very important and she needs to be outside as much as possible.  Rosie came into her own for our RDA riders and struck a particular bond with Louise Forrest.  Louise competed several times at the RDA Dressage Championships at Hartbury on Rosie and came home with rosettes and trophies every time.

Rosie is now a grand old lady of 24 years and is still working at a gentle pace.  She has always had a lovely personality.  Whenever you approach her stable she is pleased to see you.  Everyone likes to lead her in lessons because she is happy and willing to walk at a nice pace.  You never need to pull or push with Rosie as she knows just what you want.  She has enriched many lives over the years and I hope she continues to do so for many years to come.