13 Ways To Annoy Your Riding Instructor

1.Being Stirrupy Mcstirrups Checking your stirrups before you ride, changing them after warm up, changing them before you jump – this is all grand and expected. Turning in in a group lesson sixteen bajillion times to change them though – no, just no.

Making A Show Of Yourself Part 3 – Class Format

Format of a ridden flat class All riders enter on right rein in walk. Steward will instruct to trot on and canter on in a group. Steward will ask to come back to trot and change the rein. Steward will ask for canter on other rein and steward will invite to extend canter / gallopContinue reading “Making A Show Of Yourself Part 3 – Class Format”

Making a Show of Yourself Part 2 – Tack & Turnout

Rider Turnout Aim to look professional, tidy and workmanlike. Footwear – Adults long leather boots. (leather short boots and gaiters may be permitted, check rules of class). Adults cannot show in short boots only. Children under 12, short boots with jod clips. Children over 12, as per adults. Have your groom wipe your boots beforeContinue reading “Making a Show of Yourself Part 2 – Tack & Turnout”

Making A Show Of Yourself – Part 1 – Types of ridden showing classes

This series is based on a guide I drew up a few years ago ahead of a clinic I delivered to novice adults and children. There are a wealth of showing experts out there and I will not pretend to know as much nor more than any of them. This guide is not intended forContinue reading “Making A Show Of Yourself – Part 1 – Types of ridden showing classes”

Things you should know before having dressage lessons

Get used to being on a circle. You won’t be moving sideways at the greatest of ease any time soon. The circle is your friend, embrace the circle. Don’t go large around the arena – this does not go down well. If you have enough grasp of spatial relations to be able to ride aContinue reading “Things you should know before having dressage lessons”

Hail To The Bystander

Hail to the bystanders Always waiting to say You shouldn’t be riding Your horse in that way   Always ready with advice When you fall to the ground Although their only riding experience Is reading horse and hound

Getting A Second Chance

Last Spring I was helping my partner to sell a horse. It was a horse that I referred to as ‘that idiot cob’ having seen him cart himself full speed around the arena with riders on more than one occasion. My partner had bought him as a four year old from a dealer at aContinue reading “Getting A Second Chance”

Still not finished your Christmas shopping?

I love shopping, Christmas present shopping is great as I don’t even have to feel guilty because I am buying things for others and not myself. So, given that I’ve spent all my money, let me help you spend yours! These are a few of my favourite equestrian shops and things L

Life With Horses – Illustrated

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