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Life With Horses – Illustrated

Training:

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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 unable to wear open toed shoes.

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We Can’t Do This Anymore

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Freedom

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 without a saddle cantering around the sand arena with my arms outstretched and a smile on my face. It was pure trust and pure freedom but we can’t do that anymore.

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The Best Thing I Never Said

“You see what it is, I see what it was”

I was having a whinge about the horse not going well one day. My coach said this to me and I thought it was a very eloquent way of reminding me of how far I had come when I was lamenting how far I had still to go.  

 

“Ride them forwards”

 A wise man always says this to me. I have since heard it from other wise people. Sometimes the simplest things are the most important to get right.

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Those Not So Pleasant Moments On Board A Horse

That surge in horse power just before a massive buck.

 

Realising your phone has just slipped out of your pocket.

 

Realising this and hearing a splash or a crunch.

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A Dressage Clinic with a London 2012 Champion

Helen put the little mare and I through our paces.

Helen put the little mare and I through our paces.

Back on Easter bank holiday weekend I attended a dressage clinic at Toberton Lodge. Now you are probably thinking sure that’s a good while ago, and it is but I figured it made sense to work on what we covered and see how it went before I wrote about it. Our clinic was with Irelands equestrian Paralympic champion Helen Kearney. Helen is the great success story of the 2012 Paralympic Games taking home three medals across team and individual events. For me, I remember Helen from before then. I remember Helen back when she was a child and she came to ride at the yard where I ride and keep a horse. I remember her determination as she jumped her pony Robin and her will to succeed no matter what stood in her way. It was no surprise that these traits served her well at the 2012 games and when Helen returned to the yard to deliver one of her first coaching clinics in dressage I was keen to get in the ring. Read the rest of this entry

Enjoying Cross Country and Home Cooked Cuisine at Crossogue

Cross country at Crossogue

Cross country at Crossogue

Ever thought ‘no one ever wins those competitions on Facebook’? I used to think that too. I was wrong. People win – I won! Most recently I won a fantastic prize of a two day trip to Crossogue Equestrian near Thurles in Co. Tipperary in Ireland. My trip included two nights stay, meals and four lessons. Having ridden at Crossogue many years ago I was delighted to get an opportunity to head back and even more delighted when my friend Dani decided to book in to come with me.

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This Is Me When…..

photo by Lorna Keogh

photo by Lorna Keogh

Photo by Lorna Keogh

Photo by Lorna Keogh

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Equestrian Fail – When Things Go wrong

We have all been there….those days where you consider taking up an indoor hobby that only involves inanimate objects…..

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This was me, not one of my finest moments. Miraculously we didn’t part company as the horse was a gent and lifted his head up and waited for me to cop myself on.

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Things Non Horse People Say

Equestrian Reaity

“What’s the difference between a horse and a pony”

I’m serious, two colleagues in my office job conference called me one day to ask me to answer this in order to settle an argument between them. Turns out they were both wrong, go figure.

 “Aren’t they dangerous?”

I’m dangerous

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