Your Chelsea-Horse User Manual
“There is no standard normal. Normal is subjective. There are seven billion versions of normal on this planet.”
(Housed outside in all weather conditions)
How to get the very best out of your Chelsea experience
Chincoteague Pony – Bay Tobiano
Welcome and congratulations on your new partnership with your very own Chelsea-horse!
Your Chelsea is just a student at the moment – still learning the ropes of life. Despite her short stature she’s athletic, and willing to learn new things. As such it’s safe to say she could succeed in many different disciplines. To do so, however, requires a few things first – after all, Chelsea is very much a wild horse! She is cautious in new situations, and incredibly shy. Like all of the Chincoteague ponies, she is adaptable and quick-thinking.
Chelseas are incredibly cautious towards strangers, and it takes a while for them to become comfortable around unfamiliar people. Approach slowly and gently, and avoid loud, sudden, or aggressive movements at all cost.
After introducing yourself, continue to socialise. Your Chelsea may seem distant or reserved, but this is normal. Life is big and scary, and a complete stranger is a very tense situation for the Chelsea-Horse.
(For extra success in this area, do not overload the horse. Keep sessions together light-hearted and playful.)
Life with Chelsea-Horse
Once you have earned the Chelsea-Horse’s trust, she almost becomes an entire new horse. In jest, she will steal things from your pockets and play ‘tag’ around the field (with bucks thrown in for fun, of course). When required she composes herself, and does what is expected of her with maturity. But when that’s done, it’s play time, and don’t you dare forget it.
She is fond of water, especially swimming. She loves baths and being clean, however convincing her to remain still for a haircut is a big ask, and she can only be persuaded to tolerate such an offensive ritual with a lot of treats. Don’t even try to braid her mane/tail – we tried. That mare bites.
She is not keen on overt displays of affection – she tolerates hugs and pleasantries, however will not actively seek them. Love for Chelsea-Horse is an excited whinny in the morning, getting up to mischief, and basking in the morning sun with her person of choice.
She prefers the company of barn animals over other horses – she especially loves dogs. A Chelsea-Horse could easily be kept alone on a property with a goat or similar. In fact, she’d love it. Chelsea doesn’t like to admit it but her show-off side craves attention from her inner circle.
Keeping Chelsea entertained can be difficult. Standing idly in a stall all day is not viable for this horse – at the very least, she should spend most of her time outside. Ideally she should be ridden daily. She enjoys trail rides the most, or anything that involves a challenge (the harder the better).
It should be added that your Chelsea-Horse has an excellent sense of direction - who needs a map?!
Bored Chelsea-Horses tend to just... wander. They come back. Usually.
Enough about me!
I decided to go with a Chincoteague pony as I felt the wild horse instinct best described how I interact with strangers. I’m short, hence the pony! I also love the beach and swimming, so I figured a Chinco was a nice hat tip to that.
I’m horrifically indecisive; so I chose a horse that was three colours. I have medium brown hair that I infrequently dye a darker brown-black and a permanent tan from all of the time I spend outside.
I’ve tried to incorporate both positive and negative aspects of myself while not being overly self-critical (a habit).
Not much else to say, really! Hope this was interesting
I'm loving going through and reading all of these! It's so interesting to see how everyone interprets the challenge!