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eeek
26th May 2010, 06:04 PM
But when will my ridiculous animal realise that he is 15?????

He has been indulging in what social workers call completely unacceptable behaviour recently.

Yesterday, a bin liner caused his eyes to pop out of his head and every muscle to freeze rigid. I knew it was hopeless to ask him to move for a minute or so, and giggled away while he snorted and backed away from it. Eventually he minced past it as I knew he would, and we ended up having a brilliant ride, apart from the bit where he ran away with me, did a ninety degree turn at a flat out gallop and very nearly hit the decks...

A friend who rides him regularly and LOVES him has offered to bombproof him for me (or try to!).. But I don't know if I want him bombproofed.

At the races on Saturday he was a disgrace. You'd think after 100+ races he would know how to start. And he does...
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/eva%20steve%20may%202010/IMG_6553.jpg
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But this time it was a very tricky start and he was on the inside. The gate (on a battered old Subaru) was bouncing up and down on the grass, then there was a false start, and after that it was Vinny who was bouncing around. The video is agony. He looks like a baby on his first ever run.

I put him in the saddle later that day and he ran much, much better. Tragically I got a crucial piece of harness caught round my leg (occupational hazard) and couldn't kick him on in case it brought us and the rest of the field down. So I just sat there. Shame, but my only alternative was to pull up.

He will redeem himself next weekend. His first 3 races this year have been cracking.

Anyway, onto an ode to my Vinny. The best horse I could ever have.
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Doing what he loves best:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/eva%20steve%20may%202010/IMG_6740.jpg
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/eva%20steve%20may%202010/IMG_6480.jpg
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My best race so far with Vinny (last September), when he raced some class horses and the only one who managed to beat him is the best horse on our tracks (and she only got him by a length). He raced like a lion that day.
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/racing/IMG_4716.jpg
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/racing/IMG_4681.jpg
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My 5th race. The day I bought Vinny. CRINGE. In my defence I was only 15 (he was 8). But still. :scared::scared:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/vinnyenjoyingbeinginfront-1.jpg

My friend's first time driving a trotter. 5 minutes before this photo was taken,
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/DSC01155.jpg
we were going round our training track and I had to cut the session short because I knew that if I did one more lap with him I would experience total brake failure. When he gets to this stage you need to pull up while you still can:
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But Vinny is the kind of horse who can go from mental to perfect in five minutes, as you can see :)

http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/DSC01155.jpg

Kind and gentle to a beginner
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/IMG_5401.jpg
2 minutes later at the bottom of a favourite gallop when he knows he's going to have some fun because I'm on him!
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/IMG_5416.jpg
Vinny and I are a bad influence on each other. I may have the best intentions, but when he suggests a gallop I usually think it's an extremely good idea... And we're off!
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Our favourite hacking partners: Olive and my feral friend
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Vinny as you may have guessed LOVES hacking
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/IMG_5493.jpg

He also loves hunting, but is quite a liability on the hunting field!
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/IMG_1362.jpg

He has a weakness for corners. He likes to speed up on the corners. The tighter the better :evilgrin:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/IMG_4089.jpg
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He turns a hoof to anything
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/PB300027.jpg
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Going to the pub
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/P7170025.jpg

Exploring the arctic circle
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/DSC01005.jpg

Winning a little 10km race
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/DSC00877.jpg

Winning his first ever SJ competition (and coming 4th in a trotting race later that day)
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/P8130223.jpg

Scaring the living daylights out of my friends :evilgrin:
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/IMG_4305.jpg

Mother friendly
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/vinnyaged.jpg

His slightly unorthodox method of approaching a jump...
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/IMG_4143-1.jpg
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/IMG_3975.jpg

But it works!
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/IMG_4145.jpg
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So that's Vinny for you. Mad half the time...
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/n61301392_35278495_1532.jpg
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/n61301392_35278811_4043.jpg
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/n61301392_35278814_1162.jpg

...the rest of the time sweet and gentle.
http://i125.photobucket.com/albums/p63/vintagelobell/DCP_0018.jpg
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I will stop now. Thanks for reading :)
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Poppy and Harmony
26th May 2010, 06:14 PM
Wow he's 15?! Happy Birthday Vinny :D

You have an absolutely fantastic horse there Liz, although its clear you already know that :lol:

gem
26th May 2010, 06:51 PM
As if he's 15!! I'd like to see you try to convince him of that :lol: Happy birthday Vinster!!! What a brilliant boy :D

ness
26th May 2010, 06:59 PM
Waht a lovely tribute, liz-I had no idea Vinny was 15! He really is a fabulous allrounder!
Happy Birthday, Vinny!

TedMonkey
26th May 2010, 07:00 PM
Happy birthday Vinny!!!!

He really is an amazing horse.

Pie_x
26th May 2010, 07:05 PM
He is absolutley gorgeous and a real credit to you.

He just turns his hoof at everything, out of all the horses on here, Vinny is the one i have to say 'wow' too, just this fantastic trotter who can also do everything else, fantastically too!

Happy Birthday Vinny :D :D xx

funkyboots
26th May 2010, 07:11 PM
HAPPY BIRTHDAY THE VIN-MACHINE!!!! hope its a good one with lots of hacking!!

bimba
26th May 2010, 07:36 PM
Happy Birthday Vinnie!

I love your pictures Liz, he's such a great horse!

eeek
26th May 2010, 07:43 PM
Thanks everybody for the lovely comments :)

I am so proud of my lovely boy and I adore him so, so much! I can gaze at him for hours, admiring every fibre of his body. I just worked out this summer will be my NINTH summer with Vinny! No wonder I feel so at home on him. He is a really safe horse when you know his ways. He isn't unpredictable - as my feral friend says, at least you know what he'll do for most of the ride, even if it does involve regular leaping around and snorting.

Can't wait to ride him this evening :)

loubylou
26th May 2010, 07:50 PM
I love reading about this horse, and echo what everyone else says! He is a real credit to you!

MJ-09
26th May 2010, 07:57 PM
Wow, what an amazing horse - your both so lucky to have eachother!! He truely is a beautiful boy and an amazin allrounder!!

beks the artist
26th May 2010, 08:02 PM
Penblwydd Hapus Vinny!!!!!

xxx

BEX101
26th May 2010, 08:34 PM
Happy Birthday Vinny. Both of you - a perfect match

vels mum
26th May 2010, 09:37 PM
To one amazing boy, happy birthday Vinny!

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Cobby Keri
26th May 2010, 10:44 PM
happy birthday you nutta vinster

My Crazy Clan
26th May 2010, 11:17 PM
Happy Birthday hes awesome.

Loony
26th May 2010, 11:29 PM
Happy Birthday Vinny :D xx

smellycat
27th May 2010, 02:16 PM
i LOVE vinny! I love your posts because you are clearly enjoying your horse to the full and he is just having the best life a horse could wish for!

annmarie
27th May 2010, 02:31 PM
aww what a lovely tribute to vinny ...happy birthday boy xx

Loosey
27th May 2010, 04:31 PM
Happy Bithday Vin!!! Lovely post Liz!x

sparkey
27th May 2010, 05:18 PM
He's a horse in a million. Happy Birthday vinster.