Monthly Archives: September 2014

The Reality of Riding A Dressage Test

dolly trots

Because sadly we all cannot be Charlotte….

Dressage test movement: “Enter at A, proceed down centre line in working trot”

Dressage test reality: Attempt to get straight before entering arena. Deep breath, enter at A. Realise you are a little to left. Left leg, left leg, damn too much left leg, right leg. Okay that’s as straight as we are going to get. Sit up straight, smile at judge. Tits and teeth baby! Hey judge check me out, I am having the most awesome time on the best horse.

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25 Things Riding Instructors Understand

1. Why 200 euro is way better spent on a top quality pair of waterproofs than on a dress or a pair of heels. Anyone who feels differently should have to stand for four hours in monsoon rain without said waterproofs to see if they still feel the same afterwards.

2. How to recognise that subtle head tilt and eye glint that warns you that a school pony is about to change from angel to party animal.

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5 Clipping Preparation Tips to help get a Great Looking Result

 

Fresh clipped Trendy Dancer showing off her clean shiny coat.   (*please note the pony is standing on a black hose in the pic not the black electrical cable! ;) )

Fresh clipped Trendy Dancer showing off her clean shiny coat.
(*please note the pony is standing on a black hose in the pic not the black electrical cable! 😉 )

If you are going to wash, really wash.

 If you will be washing your horse before clipping, it is a good idea to make sure you get as much scruff out of the coat as you can. Firstly, use warm water rather than cold if possible. As well as feeling nicer to the horse, warm water will help shampoos to lather up better and as a result will remove more scruff and grease from the coat. To really clean a coat, mix warm water with a cleansing shampoo (fairy liquid, wahl dirty beastie are both effective as is hibiscrub which is not a shampoo as such but will really clean a coat) and a capful of Dettol. Lather into the coat and rinse thoroughly. To help dry your horse faster after washing, mix some methylated spirits into the rinsing water, it will help evaporate the water from the coat faster.

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