I have two veteran horses - but you wouldn't know it by looking at them! Seventeen year old Giselle is generally a good grubber but she can be fussy. Twenty-one year old, Solas, is a glutinous gelding, who would eat all around him given the opportunity. He once robbed a ham salad sandwich from my … Continue reading What’s in the feed?
Background of the "Girthy" Mare "She's just being mare-ish," "She's just fed up of schooling," "Maybe she's got ulcers?" "Maybe she's just uncomfortable?".... These were the the thoughts that went through my head every time I dodged the wrath of my mare while tacking her up. Every time I crouched down to feel for the … Continue reading Schockemöhle Pallas Anatomical Girth – Product Review
Back at the beginning of August I finally purchased a new pair of reins. I had been putting off buying a new pair as my old reins were literally molded to my hands! I had tried a few different brands from bridles I had picked up over the years but as the old faithfuls deteriorated, I … Continue reading V-Grip Hybrid Rubber Reins from Henry James Saddlery – Product Review
I first met Jessica Tighe about 6 or 7 years ago. Even back then, Jessica's enthusiasm and dedication to equestrianism was very obvious. That's why it came as no surprise to me when she made the decision to branch out on her own into the world of freelance grooming. Jessica claims she was always an … Continue reading Living the Dream – Jessica Tighe the Freelance Groom
After last month's post about Derryronane Stud and the versatility of the Irish Draught horse, I thought I'd ask my dressage coach, Simone Hession, to add to the topic. Simone is a BHSAI and HSI Level 2 equestrian coach based just outside Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo. She runs Woodlands Equestrian Centre, providing lessons for beginners to … Continue reading Dressage in the Ox Mountains – Simone Hession of Woodlands Equestrian Centre
I have always loved the traditional Irish breeds of the Connemara pony and the Irish Draught horse. Over the last number of years the popularity of the Connemara Pony and the Irish draught has dramatically increased both at home in Ireland and abroad. This popularity is undoubtedly down to their strength, versatility and their kind … Continue reading Derryronane Stud – Home of the Performance Connemara Pony and Irish Draught Horse
One week ago I was arriving in Bristol airport, collecting our hire car and heading off into the Gloucestershire countryside for my first Badminton Horse Trials. This was a personal dream come true. 22 years ago I had never heard of Badminton or knew what Three Day Eventing even was. That was until I was … Continue reading Badminton Horse Trials 2017: Take me back!
Roughly a month ago Anne from HorseWorld told me she was sending me the new Falsterbo Fork to review. At first I thought "Great! I need a new shavings fork!" but then the after thought hit me, "how in the hay am I going to write something about a pooper scooper?!".... It's a practical item, so here's a … Continue reading The Falsterbo Fork: A proper pooper scooper.
So I took the marketing bait and invested in the new Horseware Ireland riding tights. Riding tights? It just sounds wrong doesn't it? Nothing wrong with a good pair of jodhpurs! But curiosity killed the cat and I couldn't help myself but to check them out and see if they are as amazeballs as they look. … Continue reading Riding tights???
I feel very fortunate to have been asked by Horse Wold EU to guest blog and review products on their behalf. Horse World is my "local" tack shop - at an hour an 15 minutes drive away - luckily they have a quick and efficient next day delivery service! I'm a firm believer in shopping local … Continue reading HorseWorldEU.com Guest Blogger