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”

An Introduction to Herbs for Horses

When I was in school, the highlight of every week was riding a big chestnut mare called Jenny. Jenny got arthritis and in an effort to help the yard to treat her I started researching what could help. This was long before the days of being able to buy ready made and mixed herbal remediesContinue reading “An Introduction to Herbs for Horses”

5 Mistakes You Might Be Making When Washing Your Horse

Using cold water You wouldn’t wash your own hair in cold water! Using warm water will allow your shampoos and products to lather much better. It also feels more pleasant for the horse. Mix your shampoo into warm water in a bucket and lather up and apply with a sponge or soft cloth

Horse Related Injuries that are Practically a Rite of Passage

Having a horse stand on you either being a delinquent brat or jumping on you terrified when expecting you to save them. Injuries will range from the standard ‘oh my f**king god it hurts’ bruised foot to broken toes.   Losing a toe nail thanks to the above and spending at least one season unableContinue reading “Horse Related Injuries that are Practically a Rite of Passage”

The Reality of Being Short Sighted Equestrian

Having no idea which horse is yours without wearing glasses or contact lenses, you just know what colour blur it should be. Experiencing the unique pain of a horses head bashing your glasses into your face.

We Can’t Do This Anymore

I have a photo at home of me on a horse. I was about sixteen and I was riding the big kind mare who I never owned but who the thought of spending time with twice a week got me through the stress of my leaving cert year. I am sat on her back withoutContinue reading “We Can’t Do This Anymore”

Psychological Reality of a Showjumping Lesson

Oh no, poles, not the poles!   Relax for god’s sake, they are poles what’s the worst that can happen?   Kill me now, I can’t even get over  pole with a bit of grace and elegance.  

Decathlon – Equestrian Deal or No Deal?

I had been hearing a lot of good things about Decathlon recently. I had never been to any of the stores myself but a friend needed some water proof jodhpurs and recommended their Kipwarm ones to me. My old water proofs have given up the ghost and a new pair would be approx. €80 compared to theContinue reading “Decathlon – Equestrian Deal or No Deal?”

11 Things To Consider When Clipping A Horse’s Legs

1.Ask Yourself is it Safe Not all horses are easy to clip so before attempting to clip the legs, firstly see if the horse is safe and well-mannered to have his body and face clipped and to manoeuvre and control when doing so. Clipping the legs will entail having yourself in close to and underneath theContinue reading “11 Things To Consider When Clipping A Horse’s Legs”

The Balmoral of The Story

So this week the giant orange and I went to Balmoral to ride side saddle. I entered the show during an emotional month and after a few drinks about 10 weeks ago. It seemed like a great idea at a the time and seemed like a terrifying and ambitious idea on the day. I learnedContinue reading “The Balmoral of The Story”