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”

More Things I learned While Eventing

Last week, after a two year break I did two events in four days on my unicorn moving up a level since our last time out in 2017. It was great fun but as usual we learned a few things along the way…. If you are going to drive 3 + hours each way toContinue reading “More Things I learned While Eventing”

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”

Showjumping Holy Trinity – The canter, the line and the trust!

When I am teaching show jumping or cross country I have a mantra I always bang on about. Why? Well the answer is two- fold. Firstly if you are going to be a coach you need to have your own philosophy on things and your own way of explaining things (Drive that bus Christa!), otherwiseContinue reading “Showjumping Holy Trinity – The canter, the line and the trust!”

Product Review – Eskadron Competition Numbers

As part of my recent blogging opportunity with Horseworldeu.com I was invited to pick some products to try out and review. Along with the Horseware Riding Tights, I also chose the Eskadron Competition number set. My reasoning for this was this was I felt another new innovative product.

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”

Eventually Eventing

  While I have focused on dressage and showing for the last number of years I actually used to event. I evented for a few years on the riding club circuit in the intermediate grade. I used to event whatever I was allowed to sit on. My biggest challenge was a chestnut mare ex racerContinue reading “Eventually Eventing”

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”

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”