18 thoughts on “Five Photos … with Hywela Lyn

  1. I enjoyed the photos and the stories about them. I was particularly moved by the first story about Mary and Sharon. Very touching, indeed. Love your horses & Choccy. So sorry to hear that Harri has passed on; he reminds me of my beloved Morgan mare. My hubby taught Natural Horsemanship, so horses are also close to my heart. Jimmy Thomas is definitely the perfect hero type – good find! Thank you, Hywela Lyn for sharing your photos.Your books sound very intriguing!
    Thank you, Sharon!

  2. Thank you so much for your lovely comment, Julie, and interested to hear about your Morgan mare and your husband teaching Natural Horsemanship. The Morgan is such an interesting breed, having descended from one stallion, Justin Morgan, I’ve only seen a couple here in the UK, but they were lovely – and I try to employ the principles of natural horsemanship in my own riding and handling, T’pau loves doing groundwork exercises! Yes, I feel very lucky to have found the ideal cover model for my hero! (And Jimmy Thomas is also an animal lover, so there’s definitely a connection between us! 🙂 )

    1. I was happy to see you riding in a western type saddle. It really is ultimately more comfortable for the horse as you mentioned (weight distribution). I started out in English saddle, then went dressage. My first Morgan mare probably didn’t like it; she did so much better when I switched to a western saddle. Makes one wonder how horses felt about the side-saddle! I was surprised to see you have a Quarter horse; because of their history with cattle, I can’t imagine there are many of them in Britain, either. Was your endurance mare an Arab? Glad to hear you are using some Natural techniques. Ground work is important, particularly using the round coral for work at liberty – working with Energy. Most people are plunked on top of a horse for a few riding lessons at an early age, but they never actually learn much about the psyche of the equine. Then, of coarse, there is that grossly wrong saying: “Ya gotta show ‘em who’s boss!” … The biggest problem is the human, their egos and their lack of patience in teaching their horse. Humans want it accomplished NOW instead of what my husband used to say: “It takes the time it takes. If you are wearing a watch, you don’t belong with a horse.” When we had the ranch in Colorado we had two Morgans (my loves!), two Missouri fox-trotters, two quarter horses and a flee-ticked Arab (one of the Morgans was a direct line to Justin Morgan’s horse). We also had a few students who boarded with us.
      But Life went a different direction a few years back. Interesting that we are now in Morgan country – (Vermont), but with no horses and no ranch.
      Keep up the good work with animals! …And your writing!
      Thank you!

      1. Thanks again, Julie. I agree with everything you say about Western saddles and the Western style of riding> I too was taught the ‘keep his head up, make him keep his feet underneath him (as if the horse isn’t quite capable of carrying a weight and balancing himself without help) ‘make him know you’re the boss’ style of riding, but I knew there must be a kinder, more natural way and I found it in Western riding. All my horses converted to Western with no problem and were much happier for it. T’pau has never been ridden any other way, I bought her from a Western trainer and I think she’d seriously rebel if asked to go ‘English’! Quarter horses are actually quite popular in this country. Western riding is also becoming more and more popular and Quartere horses are not only imported but bred in this country. We have two Western Riding associations, The Western Horsemen’s Association and the Western Equestrian Society, as well as AQHA-UK. Sally was actually a Welsh part-bred, although she had an ‘Araby’ appearance and a lot of Arab quality, as is a feature of the Welsh breeds.

        Your horses sound lovely, and it’s a shame you no longer have a ranch and horses. Growing up one of my dreams was to have a ranch and horses (despite living in the UK) I at least got to achieve the second one, although sadly never able to afford my own land. Thanks again, it’s been lovely ‘talking’ to another horse enthusiast.

  3. Not at all surprised to see you featuring your ponies and your dog! Whenever I think of you, I think of them. Fascinating post!

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