When I was in school, the highlight of every week was riding a big chestnut mare called Jenny. Jenny got arthritis and in an effort to help the yard to treat her I started researching what could help. This was long before the days of being able to buy ready made and mixed herbal remediesContinue reading “An Introduction to Herbs for Horses”
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
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”
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.
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”
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.
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”
It was one in the afternoon on a weekend in January. After three hours standing I felt like I was on a boat. The wind rocked me from side to side and the rain battered my back. The water had begun to seep through the seams of my hard working coat and my waxContinue reading “An Adverse Weather Cross Country Adventure At Grange Farm”
If like me you are not blessed with a natural straight eye for things, trying to clip lines on blanket or trace clips can be a nightmare. My natural inability for straight lines is genetic. I blame my mother who left me at one point with a two inch fringe that made me lookContinue reading “How To Mark Out And Complete An Even Blanket Clip”