Marvelous Sights at Mount Juliet

This time last year, a friend and I were keen for an adventure on horseback so we headed down to Mount Juliet Estate in Thomastown in Co. Kilkenny for a cross country ride out. I had been to Mount Juliet before for a side saddle hack organised by the side saddle association and I wasContinue reading “Marvelous Sights at Mount Juliet”

Common Varieties of Riding School Pony

‘My Little Pony’   Small, cute fluffy and basically a real life ‘My Little Pony’. Has tiny hooves and ears. Looks like butter wouldn’t melt and could get away with murder for looking so damn cute.   ‘I’ve Totally Got This’   Very confident pony who is happiest when the rider holds the mane andContinue reading “Common Varieties of Riding School Pony”

The Reality of Not Having An Indoor Arena in Winter

Knowing the difference between water resistant and water proof clothing and accessories. Knowing the difference between sort of waterproof and really waterproof as in can withstand hours in the lashing rain waterproof. Resorting to riding horses in gardening gloves or marigolds – now that’s a proper waterproof glove.

The Reality of Riding A Dressage Test

Because sadly we all cannot be Charlotte…. Dressage test movement: “Enter at A, proceed down centre line in working trot” Dressage test reality: Attempt to get straight before entering arena. Deep breath, enter at A. Realise you are a little to left. Left leg, left leg, damn too much left leg, right leg. Okay that’sContinue reading “The Reality of Riding A Dressage Test”

25 Things Riding Instructors Understand

1. Why 200 euro is way better spent on a top quality pair of waterproofs than on a dress or a pair of heels. Anyone who feels differently should have to stand for four hours in monsoon rain without said waterproofs to see if they still feel the same afterwards. 2. How to recognise thatContinue reading “25 Things Riding Instructors Understand”

Riding Club Festival – Survival Tips

It is almost time for the annual riding clubs festival. Times have been issued, weather apps are being consulted, child of prague statues are being plonked out on doorsteps, plans are being made and lists are being written. You can check out what I learned at last year’s festival here. In the meantime, considering IContinue reading “Riding Club Festival – Survival Tips”

Enjoying Cross Country and Home Cooked Cuisine 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 fourContinue reading “Enjoying Cross Country and Home Cooked Cuisine at Crossogue”

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….. 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.