Some of The Best Moments You Can Have On And With Horses

Meeting a fence too long but with no room for an extra stride, throwing your heart over the fence, closing your eyes, hoping for the best and then feeling the horse go with you. A challenging jump saddle jump – oh f**k, oh f**k, oh f**k, I’m wobbling, I’m gonna come off, I’m gonna die,Continue reading “Some of The Best Moments You Can Have On And With Horses”

A Little Adventure To Lullymore

When a new facility opens up practically on your doorstep I figure it would be madness not to call over for a visit. So, with that in mind, we set off last week for an adventure to the newly opened Lullymore Equestrian Centre where the main attraction was the large all weather outdoor cross countryContinue reading “A Little Adventure To Lullymore”

Things Only Equestrian Women Will Understand

How make up is never really ‘stay all day’ or ‘budge proof’ unless it doesn’t rub off your forehead after wearing a hat and can withstand twelve hours of mud, wind and lashing rain. Extra marks if it stays on after you get a branch to the face on a hunt. Having no sympathy forContinue reading “Things Only Equestrian Women Will Understand”

Old School Versus New School Horsemanship

Old School Horsemanship If horse is too fat…… feed it less If horse is too skinny ………….. feed it more If horse looks good………. feed it the same

Things No Horse Owner Has Said, Ever

“Ah sure one horse is more than enough for me” “I was too busy cleaning the house to go up to the horse” “Why would I need more than one habit I can only wear one at a time anyway”

A Ladies Guide to Preparing To Hunt Side Saddle in Ireland

The first step is to prepare to ride side saddle in general and you can find a guide to this here. Once you have mastered the bar stool and ridden side saddle on an actual horse without face planting it is time to start preparation for hunting side saddle in Ireland. Once Autumn hits everyoneContinue reading “A Ladies Guide to Preparing To Hunt Side Saddle in Ireland”

“So, How Did You Get On?”

Shows in general: “He / She was BRILLIANT” = I was sadly not that brilliant and we did not place hence the lack of any other details  “Just a few problems” =  It didn’t go well and I don’t want to go into details. In fact I want to go home and eat my ownContinue reading ““So, How Did You Get On?””

The A to Z of Clipping Horses

A is for Accurate I will be honest, when it comes to clipping I am as OCD as David Beckham. I’d never risk a horses (or my) safety for a perfect clip, but a good clip is like a classic Chanel bag or the perfect Little Black Dress – it can take your horse’s appearanceContinue reading “The A to Z of Clipping Horses”

The Big Orange Train Rides Again and Other Stories

  So about a week and a half ago the orange train and I headed off on another side saddle adventure, one I had been looking forward to for weeks. Ciara O’Connell (this lady: http://sidesaddleciara.wordpress.com/) had organised for a group of us to travel back to Ballyduff House near Thomastown in Kilkenny to avail ofContinue reading “The Big Orange Train Rides Again and Other Stories”

Things I Learned Riding Side Saddle at Ballyduff & Mount Juliet

Never take the p*ss out of a side saddle instructor online before she gives you a lesson. You will regret it!   If you don’t know much about wine its fair enough to judge and choose a bottle by name – who could say no to a glass of antares?