1.  On being tied up:

“Why have you attached me to this building? I don’t want to stand here anymore. Oh no, I’m panicking now. Help. HELP. Argh I need to get away from this. I can’t move. Right, here goes, I’m pulling back at speed; look out everyone.”

2.  On picking out their feet:

“Oo what’s that? Oh hello. Why are you pulling on my right-fore leg? Stop it. I said, stop it. Oh ok, here you go, have my off-hind leg instead. No? You don’t want that one? Fine, don’t have any of them then, weirdo.”

3.  On putting a saddle on them for the first time:

“ARRRGGGHHH what on earth is that?! I’m outta here!” *Buck, fart* “OK, it’s not going away; do I keep running or stay here? Oh I can’t be bothered I’ll stay here and hope it goes away.”

4.  Out hacking:

“Tractor? Sure. Lorry? No problemo. Pheasant? NO. Plastic bag? Absolutely not. We’re going home. At once.”

5.  On loading them into a horsebox:

“What’s that?” *Points at lorry/trailer ramp* “Haha, you’re having a laugh aren’t you? There’s no way I’m walking up that into there. You must be crazy. I’m not moving an inch further.”

6.  On turning them out into a field:

“I’m so excited, I’m so excited. Hurry up. Please hurry up. I can’t wait to get out there — grass and friends! And grass! I wish you would walk a bit faster. OK sorry but I can’t wait any longer, I’m taking myself. See ya!”

7.  On bringing them in from the field:

“Oh no not him/her again. I can see you’ve got that blasted headcollar with you, you know. I’m not stupid. Are you ready to play your favourite game? GO! Come on, chase me. You’re going to have to run a bit faster than that!”

8.  Arriving at his first show:

“WOW! Look at all of these horses! OH gosh, I don’t know where to look, or what to do. I know I’m definitely not going to listen to a word you say. Just. So. Many. Horses!”

The day after their first show:

“No; it’s just not happening today I’m afraid. I am NOT getting out of bed. You will have to drag me. I’m just SO tired.”

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