Showjumping Holy Trinity – The canter, the line and the trust!

When I am teaching show jumping or cross country I have a mantra I always bang on about. Why? Well the answer is two- fold. Firstly if you are going to be a coach you need to have your own philosophy on things and your own way of explaining things (Drive that bus Christa!), otherwiseContinue reading “Showjumping Holy Trinity – The canter, the line and the trust!”

14 Things Your Riding Instructor Wants You To Know

1)We don’t know if your stirrups are even either. Now look if they are totally wonky with more than a hole in the difference of course we know but if you are doing the ‘are my stirrups even’ bum shuffle while listing your saddle from side to side like a drunk on a boat thenContinue reading “14 Things Your Riding Instructor Wants You To Know”

Quick Knot – or not?

A few months back a company contacted me by email to ask if I would write about their product. I told them the same thing I would tell any company in the same position – if you want to send on a product I will happily give a full and honest review but my opinionContinue reading “Quick Knot – or not?”

Horses you will meet when it snows

Bucket B**lix Will encouragingly watch you slip, slide and groan as you lug heavy buckets of water that you have slowly and painstakingly dragged from the nearest tap or water source that isn’t frozen solid. Will wait until you arrive before promptly knocking the bucket over looking absolutely delighted

Lets go Christmas Shopping!

I love to shop. It doesn’t necessarily have to be for me which makes Christmas shopping great fun as it is guilt free spending! If you haven’t got all your Christmas shopping sorted yet don’t worry – the internet is your best friend – no traffic, no queues, no slow walkers. So grab the creditContinue reading “Lets go Christmas Shopping!”

Carry On Camelots

The Camelot awards were not born of a sudden invention. The idea came, as many do, quietly like a cat who pads across the room to sit on your lap. “Wouldn’t it be amazing to have our own regional awards instead of just national awards” we said one day as we chatted over the phone.Continue reading “Carry On Camelots”

Common Clipping Problems & Solutions

Problem: I’ve washed a horse to clip him but it isn’t dry! Solution: Hair dryer! If despite a good cooler / sweat rug your horse is still damp, plug in your hair dryer and finish the job. If they don’t mind being clipped they rarely mind this as the noise is similar and most quiteContinue reading “Common Clipping Problems & Solutions”

Whats in a picture?

They say a picture is worth a thousand words and as someone who has always enjoyed photography I would tend to agree but what is it that makes a specific photo special to us?

The Reality of the UK as an Irish Equestrian

My partner and I spent a week in the UK in August with one of the horses he competes. It was a brilliant week and we learned quite a few things about being an Irish Equestrian abroad! 1. There are some really nice people. I mean ridiculously nice. As in dropping your b & bContinue reading “The Reality of the UK as an Irish Equestrian”