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Nat has had a love for horses from an early age

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

By Belinda Hargreaves

  • Rosie and Nat.

  • Rosie and Nat

  • Rosie and Nat Joyce with Archie and Andrew Joyce.

  • Rosie and Nat with Archie and Andrew

  • Archie and Andrew.

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NAT Joyce has had a love of horses since a very early age, and had her first when she was nine years old.

Nat said: "I was only very young when I started to really like horses. My friend had one which I would go and visit a lot.

"I then got my own horse, Daisy, when I was nine. She was kept at the livery stables in Abbey Green Road. I had her on loan for a few years.

"I used to go and see her and look after her both before and after school."

When Andrew and Nat first met 13 years ago, Nat did not have a horse at the time. But it didn't take long for her to encourage him to get a horse between them.

Andrew said: "I wasn't really into horses even though I was into farming when I was younger.

"We had Bracken and then a little pony called Bobby."

Mum-of-one Nat said: "Horses are my best friends."

Nat and Andrew now have 17-year-old Rosie, a thoroughbred cross.

Nat said: "We have had Rosie for six years. She is a typical mare. She is like Jekyll and Hyde. Her previous owner started a career in the police so couldn't really give her the time she needed.

"Rosie is wonderful to ride but can be a bit grumpy when she is in the stables."

Twenty-month-old Archie is an Arab cross. Nat said: "I have had Archie for nearly a year now. He won't be able to be ridden yet until he is three years old.

"Archie and Rosie do get on well together. When I had Archie neutered, the pair were in a field together and she looked after him."

Nat and Andrew admitted that their love of horses can be quite costly.

Nat said: "It's around £300 a month with everything such as rent for stables, insurance, shoes, etcetera. But it is definitely worth it."

Nat explained that Rosie is ridden four or times a week and that she also takes part in 'schooling exercising'. Nat said: "We mainly go up around the Morridge area, and also go into town sometimes as people like seeing the horses around."

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