5 Brilliant Products To Help With Plaiting

1. Plaiting Apron My friend Aoife bought me this apron a few years ago and I absolutely love it. It ties around my waist and has loads of little pockets to store thread, bands, mane combs, scissors and other plaiting odds and ends. This means that I can plait away hands free without having toContinue reading “5 Brilliant Products To Help With Plaiting”

The Reality of Being A Hobbit Height Rider / Groom

  Having to teach yourself to mount up using a block / fence / gate / anything available as there is little hope of you making it from the ground.   People thinking your horse is way bigger than it is. “Oh my god she must be 18 hands!”. Eh, no, I’m just really short.

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”

How To Mark Out And Complete An Even Blanket Clip

  If like me you are not blessed with a natural straight eye for things, trying to clip lines on blanket or trace clips can be a nightmare. My natural inability for straight lines is genetic. I blame my mother who left me at one point with a two inch fringe that made me lookContinue reading “How To Mark Out And Complete An Even Blanket Clip”

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”

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”

Things I Learned Last Week

– Never underestimate the terror a small pig who is innocently minding his own business can strike into a horse fifty times its size and on the other side of a fence#  – Never try to catch a horse when you are in a hurry. They know, they always bloody know

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”