The ad­ven­tures of tiny Teddy

Your Horse (UK) - - Hack 1000 Miles -

We love to see what you’re all get­ting up to as you work through your #Hack­1000miles chal­lenge and this lit­tle guy is one we sim­ply can’t get enough of! Teddy, owned by Your Horse reader Linda Wilmer, is tak­ing part but, due to his size (he’s just 42in tall), he’s clock­ing up his miles with­out a rider. Af­ter all, who said that horses and ponies who can’t be rid­den, can’t be walked?

“Teddy used to drive but was di­ag­nosed with a col­lapsed wind­pipe four years ago,” says Linda. “He was re­tired and put out in the field to en­joy life but hav­ing watched him chase my mare Sally around with ab­so­lutely no prob­lems, I dis­cussed with my vet whether Teddy would be able to do some in-hand work. I got the all clear and we started slowly – he’s cop­ing fine.” In fact, Teddy wouldn’t miss his lit­tle walks for all the world. Louise adds: “He loves meet­ing new people and in­ves­ti­gat­ing everything. He needs re­as­sur­ance from me from time to time but, in gen­eral, he’s pretty fear­less, as long he can see what everything is. “His favourite thing is when his hooves hit grass. When we go for a run to­gether, he tosses his head and has been known to buck in-hand. We ac­tu­ally tried our hand at horse agility and he found it so ex­cit­ing that he bucked and man­aged to trip me up, send­ing me sprawl­ing!”

Mini goals still mat­ter

Linda had orig­i­nally signed up to do #Hack­1000miles with her mare, Sally. Due to arthri­tis, Sally can’t cope with greater dis­tances, so Linda is fo­cus­ing on short hacks with Sally and get­ting out more with Teddy in-hand. “To any­one else out there with a mini or a lit­tle pony, I’d say en­joy everything they can give you. You don’t have to overdo things and, with the sup­port of ev­ery­one on the #Hack­1000miles Face­book page and Your Horse mag­a­zine, I’ve re­alised I can still be a part of this chal­lenge. The Face­book page feels like a com­mu­nity and it’s great to see ev­ery­one’s up­dates. I’m also en­joy­ing the fit­ness as­pect – it’s bril­liant jog­ging around with Teddy.” And Teddy is not alone. We’ve seen lots of mini-mil­ers get­ting out on the lead rein. So, if you’re con­tem­plat­ing sign­ing up but aren’t sure lead­ing counts, now you know it does. Don’t think your pony’s legs will stretch to 1,000 miles? Don’t worry – set your own chal­lenge. Teddy’s work­ing to­wards 400 miles and we can’t wait to see him cross the fin­ish line. #GoTeddy

Us­ing a hack­ing app can help you track your miles Meet­ing a mer­maid dur­ing the lo­cal scare­crow com­pe­ti­tion Teddy gets kit­ted out for one of his daily strolls Teddy with his big buddy, Sally

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