Everybody meet Cruiser, or Cruise, mostly Cruise! This is my horse, my pride and joy and quite literally the love of my life... (let's hope Ben doesn't read this post) I have been riding since the age of 5, attending lessons and pony club and summer camp, anything horsey, you name it, I've probably done it. It was my first passion in life, the first hobby I fell in love with and something, apparently that I've never grown out of! ... I will get onto Cruise, but here's a little insight of how he came about; so back to little me, as in younger me, I'm still kinda little (lol'ing to myself) so yeah, I started riding and vastly improved moving up classes quicker then I was growing out of jodhpurs and I was absolutely addicted, crazy about the sport but one thing I was never aloud was my own horse and it was the most heartbreaking situation to be in when every birthday and Christmas I didn't open a present to find a pony, seriously, devastating! But to be honest, credit to my parents, I got to around 14 and met my first boyfriend and horses took the back burner for a little while, I still rode just wasn't all that often and my time at stables was rare, I wasn't going to horse shows and it became a bit of a chore, which was a shame, but always had the willing to go back, was always itching for a ride or if ever I saw a horse I'd have to tickle its nose or grab a packet of polos to treat them, it was still me, a massive part of me, a whole half of my heart I'd say is dedicated to these wonderfully clever animals. Then when i was 17 or 18, I can't remember now, I decided to get my BHS - British horse society qualification and worked at a school yard for a short while, just to be around horses more and learn a little and brush up on my dusty skills which lead me to being unsatisfied and of course wanting more so I decided to quit the internship, get a better paid job and just buy my own! I'd learnt enough over the many years and I'd learnt even more in those few months and felt completely ready to take on this new venture, so I did, I told my parents I was buying a horse and it would be an investment, because obviously they thought I was absolutely crazy and a horse is one thing but an investment; unless you're going to be a top show prospect or a racer but I just wanted a pet, a field ornament, a pleasurably ride but never in a million years did I think I'd find myself falling in love with a 9 month old colt from Rochdale... yeah, wtf? At first I wanted a 10 year old school master, been there, done it all, bomb proof, you know, what anyone would want from any horse, safety! no, not me, apparently, apparently I wanted a baby that didn't have a clue what i was doing when I picked his feet up and kicked me in my thigh, a few times... hmmm, but oh Cruiser, you're worth all the pain! I found him advertised on a site called preloved and I kind of didn't want a baby but I saw a photo and he was kinda cute, kinda lanky and weird looking but just before Christmas 2014 I was in Leeds and something told me to go and see him in the flesh, so got my daddy to drive me up to Littleborough, and I literally mean up, by the time we got to this yard I think the car had a layer of ice over it! We got there and the owners showed me to his stable, took him out and put him in the school and he ran around for a little while and I fell in love, then and there and I knew my life wouldn't be complete without this little pony, dramatic maybe, but seriously, he was the cutest fluffiest little thing, he didn't reach no higher than my waist and was just beautiful! 2 months later, I'd saved enough money, bought all the gear with literally no idea and brought him home, 2 years on and a few black eyes, a couple of kicks, lots of rears and fights and shouts, I wouldn't have it any other way and wouldn't change him for the world! I had him gelded only a couple of months ago and he's calmed down alot from his stallion behaviour, he's loving and insists on resting his head on my shoulder while I'm mucking him out and I absolutely adore him, he makes me a silly kind of happy, he's my haven. This is an exciting time to write about aswell because he/we are now at the stage of breaking him in and hopefully by the end of the year my pretty, not so little pony will be a riding horse!