Whatever you choose to feed will grow

Anxiety, fear, competition nerves, general nerves, fear of failure and awareness of vulnerability and the possibility of physical injury. Ever felt like this? Ever felt it before you got on a horse or even before you got to the yard or on the drive to a competition? Of course you have. Ever felt physical symptoms?Continue reading “Whatever you choose to feed will grow”

We don’t have to be amazing at this

This is something I found myself speaking a lot about last week in person and online. I am, like many others, an amateur rider. Horses are not in my family background and much as they are what I live for, I had neither the talent, the support or the funds to be a professional atContinue reading “We don’t have to be amazing at this”

People You Will Meet in The Dressage Warmup

Needs a sat nav Rider with no concept of basic rules of the school usually riding along naval grazing while others have to swerve around them. Will have ‘left hand to left hand’ hissed at them at least ten times in the warm up but probably won’t even notice as they almost crush your kneeContinue reading “People You Will Meet in The Dressage Warmup”

Winter Finals, here we come!

Sunday was quite simply, an experience. I headed off with two friends to our first Dressage Ireland competition of the season. They were keen to qualify for Cavan,  I just needed three more scores myself and one wanted to test drive her new lorry so we thought why not and headed off out West toContinue reading “Winter Finals, here we come!”

Sit in Row 24 and Keep Off The Floor!

Fresh after our Roland Tong clinic on Friday a couple of weeks back, Sammy was rather intrigued at being put back into the horsebox on Saturday. “Jumps Sammy” I promised as I bribed him up the ramp with a haylage net. We set off for Killossery for the Sarah Ennis eventing clinic but ground toContinue reading “Sit in Row 24 and Keep Off The Floor!”

We’re All Mad here

“Oh my god this feels amazing” I shrieked across the arena at a friend last week followed by “please say it doesn’t look terrible”!! No, I wasn’t doing anything incredible, there was no Piaffe or passage going on not even an accidental spook inspired one. I wasn’t doing anything remotely close to a dressage testContinue reading “We’re All Mad here”

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!”

14 Things Your Riding Instructor Wants You To Know

1)We don’t know if your stirrups are even either. Now look if they are totally wonky with more than a hole in the difference of course we know but if you are doing the ‘are my stirrups even’ bum shuffle while listing your saddle from side to side like a drunk on a boat thenContinue reading “14 Things Your Riding Instructor Wants You To Know”

Quick Knot – or not?

A few months back a company contacted me by email to ask if I would write about their product. I told them the same thing I would tell any company in the same position – if you want to send on a product I will happily give a full and honest review but my opinionContinue reading “Quick Knot – or not?”

Common Clipping Problems & Solutions

Problem: I’ve washed a horse to clip him but it isn’t dry! Solution: Hair dryer! If despite a good cooler / sweat rug your horse is still damp, plug in your hair dryer and finish the job. If they don’t mind being clipped they rarely mind this as the noise is similar and most quiteContinue reading “Common Clipping Problems & Solutions”