Product review – Greenfields Saddle pad from TRI Equestrian

No filter! 🐴Ok, I think I have found the saddle pad version of the Penney’s Pippa OConnor dress. 😳 true story – look at this saddle pad – it’s nice and thick, it’s got a contrasting trim, it’s got binding to match and it fits well – clearance at the withers and the binding is not underneathContinue reading “Product review – Greenfields Saddle pad from TRI Equestrian”

Things I learned at Jumping Amsterdam

Last weekend was a bit of a dream come true for me. After a very hectic Christmas with long days working in the yard and then a rollercoaster return to the day job I was grateful to have a few days off booked to get away from everything, to learn and to plan. While IContinue reading “Things I learned at Jumping Amsterdam”

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!”

Eventing Adventures – Torrential Tattersalls!

So this weekend was really one of ups and downs. On Friday Merlot 🍷🐴left for her new home in the UK. Thanks to everyone who asked if I was ok – I am as sometimes you have to make tough decisions but when its for the right reason it’s the right decision. She has gone toContinue reading “Eventing Adventures – Torrential Tattersalls!”

Things All Equestrians Do

Ignore excruciating and ongoing pain and stiffness blaming lack of fitness / getting old / an old injury but call the physio, vet and backman at the first sign of mild discomfort in the horse   Keep horses teeth maintained twice yearly but avoid our own dentist unless the dental pain is so bad thatContinue reading “Things All Equestrians Do”

Product Review – Janni Bars Leather Balm

  I love doing product reviews. I am a big fan of Janni Bars already – they are a local small company who specialise in environmentally friendly and plastic free beauty products for humans, horses and dogs. I currently use several of their bars already – the after work bar to bathe my horses afterContinue reading “Product Review – Janni Bars Leather Balm”

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”

Whatever you choose to feed will grow

Anxiety, fear, competition nerves, general nerves, fear of failure and awareness of vulnerability and the possibility of physical injury. Ever felt like this? Ever felt it before you got on a horse or even before you got to the yard or on the drive to a competition? Of course you have. Ever felt physical symptoms?Continue reading “Whatever you choose to feed will grow”

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!”