Hello and welcome to the first weekend riding challenge as part of the WARider November Lockdown Challenge. The 10/10/10 Riding Challenge is relatively simple, until you try it for the first time that is! It will act as a simple trotting exercise to ease you into the WAR Challenges to come. It'll test your co-ordination, … Continue reading The 10/10/10 Riding Challenge
Even though the days are longer it still seems there are not enough hours in the day! I've been very quiet on the blogging front these past few weeks as life in general has been very VERY busy. So this is just a brief update in pictures about what we've been up to. Work - … Continue reading A month in pictures!
In 2016 the Not On My Yard anti-bullying campaign was launched by Tudor Rose Equines in an effort to high light bullying within the equestrian industry. Having worked with children and young adults for over a decade, bullying and its effect on those involved has become a subject that is very close to my heart. The Not On … Continue reading The “Not On My Yard” Anti-Bullying Campaign: Why every riding school should get behind it
This week I'm cheating a little bit in regards to my Tuesday Tip. Last week I was asked by Anne from HorseWorldEU to contribute to the topic of saddle fitting and muscle damage on her own blog post. You can read the full article here. If it's one thing that I've learned over the years as … Continue reading Tuesday Tip! The Importance of Correct Saddle Fitting
How do we explain our love of horses? It begins with feeling. A love for fresh air, green hills and big blue skies - a fascination with life. It's an overwhelming desire to explore the world around you. A sense of adventure and a yearning for freedom. It's the desire for companionship and love as you take … Continue reading For the love of a horse
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 Tuesday tip is going to be short and sweet; Try to keep it simple. As riders and as instructors we can sometimes get too "into" it and complicate things. I myself am very guilty of it - both as a rider and an instructor. It's because we love what we're doing and want to … Continue reading Tuesday Tip! Keeping it simple
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…
For those of you who struggle to "get the diagonal" this little ditty may be of help to you... Always remember to RISE AND FALL WITH THE LEG ON THE WALL! Now for the explanation.... 1. How many beats are there to the trot? Two you say? Correct! You can say up-down-up-down if you like but … Continue reading Tuesday Tip! The Dreaded Diagonal
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.