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?”

Ladies Day, Like A Lady

This year, at the 2015 Discover Ireland Dublin Horseshow, I did something I’d never done before. I did ladies day, dressed up like a lady. Normally at the horseshow I would be dressed comfortably and found either shopping, photographing, grooming or working on an article. This year I was invited to a lunch and aContinue reading “Ladies Day, Like A Lady”

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”

8 Simple Tips To Clipping Safely

Use Your Head If you are clipping, wear a hat. I keep an older skull cap in my kit for clipping so that I don’t end up with hair stuck to my good hat. Clipping out a horse will involve leaning in under the horses belly and having your head in close proximity to theContinue reading “8 Simple Tips To Clipping Safely”