While some of us can’t even remember the first time we sat on a horse — we just know that we’ve rarely been off one since — those who are discovering the joy for the very first time have a steep learning curve ahead...

However long you've looked after horses there are some inevitable firsts that you can only experience as a horse owner or rider — from frosty receptions in supermarkets to the walk of shame after being ditched over a hedge

Horse facts

You don’t have to be a horse whisperer or an equine psychotherapist to know your ‘phobic’ from your ‘grump’. Vanessa Fletcher gives a run down of the horse personalities that are likely to ring a bell with you...