Making a Balls of It!

Well last week was full of ups and downs! On Wednesday I learned to play with balls while riding and it was not as erotic as that sounds!! 😃 . I will be the first to admit that when I first heard of Franklin Balls – rubber air filled balls that look like some kind of deformedContinue reading “Making a Balls of It!”

BACK to Basics

I have always had a ‘bad back’ for lack of a better expression. I remember as a child my mother telling me to stand straight, shoulders back and to be honest I just couldn’t. It never did me any great harm and I managed to learn to ride starting aged ten but over the yearsContinue reading “BACK to Basics”

People You Will Meet in The Dressage Warmup

Needs a sat nav Rider with no concept of basic rules of the school usually riding along naval grazing while others have to swerve around them. Will have ‘left hand to left hand’ hissed at them at least ten times in the warm up but probably won’t even notice as they almost crush your kneeContinue reading “People You Will Meet in The Dressage Warmup”

Winter Finals, here we come!

Sunday was quite simply, an experience. I headed off with two friends to our first Dressage Ireland competition of the season. They were keen to qualify for Cavan,  I just needed three more scores myself and one wanted to test drive her new lorry so we thought why not and headed off out West toContinue reading “Winter Finals, here we come!”

When it was all gone a bit Roland Tong

On Friday I took Sammy and Merlot to Leinster Dressage training with Roland Tong. I had Sammy at a session with Roland once before and also took Samuel last year. The thing with Roland is he fixes problems without me realising. One moment your lamenting the fact that you cannot keep the horse on aContinue reading “When it was all gone a bit Roland Tong”

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?

Elementary my dear horse

Why the national championships? Goals are personal and what matters to each rider really does depend on their own experiences. For me, competing successfully at the National Dressage Championships has meaning because when I first started proper dressage training a few years ago it seemed ridiculously unlikely that I would ever be good enough toContinue reading “Elementary my dear horse”

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”