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

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”

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.

Some of The Best Moments You Can Have On And With Horses

Meeting a fence too long but with no room for an extra stride, throwing your heart over the fence, closing your eyes, hoping for the best and then feeling the horse go with you. A challenging jump saddle jump – oh f**k, oh f**k, oh f**k, I’m wobbling, I’m gonna come off, I’m gonna die,Continue reading “Some of The Best Moments You Can Have On And With Horses”

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”

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”

The Reality of Grey Pony Show Preparation

Bay / Chestnut / Dun Pony Evening Before the show: – clean tack Morning of the show: – pick out feet – Groom – Put on travel gear Grey Pony The evening before the show: • Arrive at yard pleasantly surprised that pony is not quite as dirty as you expected. Pony turns around. SadlyContinue reading “The Reality of Grey Pony Show Preparation”

Things They Don’t Tell You in Stable Management Books – Part 1

  -The quickest way to get a horse to roll is to wash him -There is no easy way to wash a horse’s mane without ending up with more water and shampoo on yourself than on the horse