People You Are Likely To Meet In A Stable Yard

  The Fictional Show Jumper   “I can jump 1.20”. Sure you can……at home…..badly….over a single fence. The miraculous feats achieved by the fictional show jumper will often happen when there is no one around to see, video or photograph it. Likewise, none of these skills have yet been displayed at a competition where theContinue reading “People You Are Likely To Meet In A Stable Yard”

Side Saddle – I Will Survive!

To the tune of ‘I will Survive’ by Gloria Gaynor At first I was excited, slightly terrified Heading down to Co.  Meath for my first sidesaddle ride I spent oh so many hours thinking how it could go wrong I might fall off, the horse might be way too strong

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”

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”

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?  

Sometimes Looking Back is the Key to Moving Forward

A friend on an online equestrian forum recently created a thread that invited fellow members to post their earliest and most recent photo of them on their horse. I went searching through my laptop for photos while feeling that aside from trying new disciplines not much else would have changed in terms of my riding.Continue reading “Sometimes Looking Back is the Key to Moving Forward”

Hunting In Ireland – Phrases & Terms

 “Irish Hunting Cob” = comfortable square shaped horse with a short thick neck and a big shoulder. Usually feels like a couch, moves like a tank and jumps whatever is in front of it. May be hogged (mane shaved off) so a ‘Jesus strap’ may be needed  “Jesus Strap” = neck strap of a runningContinue reading “Hunting In Ireland – Phrases & Terms”

Grand Day for a Spot of Side Jockeying!

Ah I love my dad. He is a legend with his own distinctive way with words. He has in the past coined phrases such as ‘eyes like two p*ss holes in the snow’ (used to describe a pale person with small dark eyes) and ‘ah jaysus the Longford black’ (used to describe someone who hasContinue reading “Grand Day for a Spot of Side Jockeying!”