Competition nerves and Winning Against Worrying

My anxiety around competition was never really just about competition. It was a fear of the unknown, of lack of control, of new things.  It started when I was a small child and if I was anxious about something I would feel sick and nervous. Things like exams, trying new things, bus trips. Over timeContinue reading “Competition nerves and Winning Against Worrying”

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

2015 – Show Horse to Dressage Horse

  In 2013 and 2014, Dolly the big chestnut mare and I focused on and achieved many goals in the show ring. We had not achieved what I hoped we could in dressage and given my passion for dressage this always frustrated me. I had performed well on ponies before but Dolly and I alwaysContinue reading “2015 – Show Horse to Dressage Horse”

First World Equestrian Problems

  I want a pair of new shoes but I spent all my money on ones for my horse. The horse now has three shoes, one bare hoof and a smug expression. I can’t get a fly veil in the right shade to match my saddle pad.

Common Phrases Heard at Competitions and Their Meaning

    “That fence is WAY over max height” – using the incredibly accurate measuring scale of ‘my own leg’ this fence is bordering on being a little on the big side. “I’m not competitive” – I’d eat you for a rosette “I’m REALLY not competitive” – you and the horse