Things Non Horse People Say

“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

A Little Adventure To Lullymore

When a new facility opens up practically on your doorstep I figure it would be madness not to call over for a visit. So, with that in mind, we set off last week for an adventure to the newly opened Lullymore Equestrian Centre where the main attraction was the large all weather outdoor cross countryContinue reading “A Little Adventure To Lullymore”

Old School Versus New School Horsemanship

Old School Horsemanship If horse is too fat…… feed it less If horse is too skinny ………….. feed it more If horse looks good………. feed it the same

Things No Horse Owner Has Said, Ever

“Ah sure one horse is more than enough for me” “I was too busy cleaning the house to go up to the horse” “Why would I need more than one habit I can only wear one at a time anyway”

A Ladies Guide to Preparing To Hunt Side Saddle in Ireland

The first step is to prepare to ride side saddle in general and you can find a guide to this here. Once you have mastered the bar stool and ridden side saddle on an actual horse without face planting it is time to start preparation for hunting side saddle in Ireland. Once Autumn hits everyoneContinue reading “A Ladies Guide to Preparing To Hunt Side Saddle in Ireland”

The Big Orange Train Rides Again and Other Stories

  So about a week and a half ago the orange train and I headed off on another side saddle adventure, one I had been looking forward to for weeks. Ciara O’Connell (this lady: http://sidesaddleciara.wordpress.com/) had organised for a group of us to travel back to Ballyduff House near Thomastown in Kilkenny to avail ofContinue reading “The Big Orange Train Rides Again and Other Stories”

Sometimes Looking Back is the Key to Moving Forward

A friend on an online equestrian forum recently created a thread that invited fellow members to post their earliest and most recent photo of them on their horse. I went searching through my laptop for photos while feeling that aside from trying new disciplines not much else would have changed in terms of my riding.Continue reading “Sometimes Looking Back is the Key to Moving Forward”

Crosse-ing The Line – A Polocrosse Adventure

2013 has been a year of adventures with friends old and new. This continued last night when we travelled to Carrickmines Equestrian Centre to have a go at Polocrosse. Now I knew very little about polocrosse before last night but I knew it involved going fast on a horse and using a racket so thatContinue reading “Crosse-ing The Line – A Polocrosse Adventure”

A Ladies Guide to Preparing to Ride Side Saddle

I was asked earlier today by a rider if there were any exercises she could to prepare for riding in a side saddle lesson. Having only recently converted to the sideways side I thought it was only fair to share my experience and what I learned in those valuable first few weeks.  

A Week of Firsts

  “Feel the fear and do it anyway” isn’t that what they say? Well I can safely say I managed to accomplish that this week. My arms might be two inches longer than they were before (unfortunately not my legs!) but I am still in one piece and haven’t sprained my Jennifer muscle too badly.Continue reading “A Week of Firsts”