The Reality of Grey Pony Show Preparation

Bay / Chestnut / Dun Pony Evening Before the show: – clean tack Morning of the show: – pick out feet – Groom – Put on travel gear Grey Pony The evening before the show: • Arrive at yard pleasantly surprised that pony is not quite as dirty as you expected. Pony turns around. SadlyContinue reading “The Reality of Grey Pony Show Preparation”

You Rode Horses Growing Up in the 90’s When….

* The gospel was ‘Horse and Pony’ magazine and Freddie the chestnut pony was god. The posters covered every inch of your wall, the free stickers ended up on every school book and some of you might even remember the day the magazine went from black and white to colour! * You wanted to rideContinue reading “You Rode Horses Growing Up in the 90’s When….”

Common Phrases Heard at Competitions and Their Meaning

    “That fence is WAY over max height” – using the incredibly accurate measuring scale of ‘my own leg’ this fence is bordering on being a little on the big side. “I’m not competitive” – I’d eat you for a rosette “I’m REALLY not competitive” – you and the horse

Things They Never Tell You in Stable Management Books – Part 2

Only an idiot wears uncovered white jodhpurs more than fives minutes before you have to get up on a horse Expensive shiny black hoof polish does not come out of white jods. Been there, done that, have the cleaning products to prove it. Give up it’s not going to happen. Ditto for bog mud

Things They Don’t Tell You in Stable Management Books – Part 1

  -The quickest way to get a horse to roll is to wash him -There is no easy way to wash a horse’s mane without ending up with more water and shampoo on yourself than on the horse

Dressage Sheet Comments Deciphered

  “Nice Entrance” – Don’t get cocky we are only one movement in   “Wobbled on centre line” – horse wandered from A to C like a drunk trying to walk a straight line   “Could show more inside bend” –  Horse should be looking where it is going not gawking out of the arenaContinue reading “Dressage Sheet Comments Deciphered”