Did you know that the Connemara is the home of a special breed of crocodile?

Unlike their African, Asian, American and Australian cousins, the Connemara crocodile looks EXACTLY like a log.

Normally found in gateways, these crocs have recently spread all across the UK and have most recently been seen in the Midlands.

Abbey and I had a lucky escape today when we came across this one:

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In all seriousness, this has been one of our biggest tests so far. And one that I am proud to say we passed – we managed to walk passed it calmly in the end.

This is the first time that I’ve dismounted for something scary – not sure if it was the right thing to do, but with her heart pounding and body trembling, there wasn’t much I could do to persuade her to walk near/passed it, so something had to change.

Once on the ground Abbey followed me to the log (although hesitantly), from there we walked passed numerous times then I led her in towards the middle of the field and got back on.  Then, mounted, we walked passed it another dozen times until she relaxed a little.

Seems like Abbey’s trusts me as her leader on foot but not so much when I’m on board. I can feel some Googling coming on…..any advice?!