A thousand horse – and none to ride! With flowing tail, and flying mane, Wide nostrils never stretched by pain, Mouth bloodless to the bit or rein, And feet that never iron shod, And flanks unscarred by spur or rod, A thousand horse, the wild, the free, Like waves that follow o’er the sea, Came … Continue reading A thousand horses….
This Tuesday Tip is dedicated to a good friend of mine who recently stated that every time she sees a horse's backside it reminds her of me... Now I'm sure there are many people who are reminded of me by a horse's derrière but my friend was referring to a particular tip I gave her about … Continue reading Tuesday Tip! Tricky Tail bandages
Oops Moment: An action or brief moment in time when your behaviour causes you to question your competency as a horsewoman (or man) and/or a functioning member of society. For example: Throwing a quick flake of hay to the horses on your lunch break convinced you managed to escape unscathed from slobber and/or hay - … Continue reading The Equestrian “Oops” Moment
One week ago I was arriving in Bristol airport with my significant other, 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 … 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.
Today's WordPress daily word prompt is "champion" (via Daily Prompt: Champion) which automatically makes me think of today's big equestrian news - Rio Olympics individual showjumping gold medalists Nick Skelton and his horse, Big Star, have announced their joint retirement. If you're not familiar with who Nick Skelton is, he became Olympic champion in the … Continue reading Making a Champion
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
I'm lying in bed, with two cats sleeping at my feet and my dog asleep at the foot of my bed. There's a pile of washing on the floor and a basket of clean clothes still waiting to be put away - and they're going to stay there. This is the first morning in months … Continue reading Saturday morning reflection…
Ian Fearon Showjumping Clinic I was recently given the opportunity to take part in an Ian Fearon showjumping Clinic. This was kindly organised by my riding club, Benbulben RC. Ian is a high performance Level 3 Horse Sport Ireland coach who managed and coached a number of gold, silver and bronze medal junior and senior … Continue reading To jump, or not to jump? That is the question.
Bouncing back from injury and the lack of confidence that comes with it... Every year begins the same way, this is the year - 100% commitment. 2016 was no exception. I had massive plans to get back into competition mode, jump the amateur circuit and come the summer, get a few one day events in. I … Continue reading 2017 Kick the Inner Critic to the Curb