The Moody Mare rugby shirt

Be warned, the change from child­hood to teen hap­pens overnight and is not a pretty sight, says Cather­ine Austen

Horse & Hound - - Letters -

GE­ORGIE’S mum Jane had no idea the Harry En­field sketch, Kevin and Perry, was ac­tu­ally true. Last sum­mer, Ge­orgie was still a lit­tle girl who loved ponies more than any­thing. She was so sweet, with her neat plaits and toothy smile, and it was such fun tak­ing her to ral­lies and shows, where she was so thrilled with her pony, no mat­ter where they fin­ished.

Then as if by magic, she meta­mor­phosed into a stroppy madam who says it is “so un­fair” that she is asked to muck out the smart 15.2hh that Jane bought her, af­ter much plead­ing, at the week­ends.

“I want to go to Sasha’s party on Satur­day and it’s a sleep­over, so I can’t muck out any­way, and I need to get that Jack Wills top on Satur­day af­ter­noon be­cause I hate all my clothes and both Sasha and Kelsey have them, and I can’t be­lieve you want me to go to that stupid Pony Club rally in­stead,” moans Ge­orgie.

Af­ter two hours of whing­ing, Jane snaps.

“I’m go­ing to sell that bloody horse to a nice girl who de­serves him and might look af­ter him,” she shouts. “You are so lucky — Granny never helped me with my ponies…”

“Yeah, yeah, you’ve told me, like, a mil­lion times,” in­ter­rupts Ge­orgie, rolling her eyes.

But Jane knows that Ge­orgie, who her Pony Club DC thinks is re­ally quite nat­u­rally tal­ented, is des­per­ate to start do­ing Bri­tish Event­ing events this year (like the wretched Sasha, of course).

If Ge­orgie wants Jane to pay to reg­is­ter her and the new horse, she’d bet­ter not push her too far… And so she buys her a lit­tle jokey present as a re­minder: a “Moody Mare” rugby shirt.

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