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Psychological Reality of a Showjumping Lesson

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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.

 

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“So, How Did You Get On?”

Shows in general:

“He / She was BRILLIANT” = I was sadly not that brilliant and we did not place hence the lack of any other details

 “Just a few problems” =  It didn’t go well and I don’t want to go into details. In fact I want to go home and eat my own weight in chocolate and hug my duvet.

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The Big Orange Train Rides Again and Other Stories

 

"Ah I don't know if I will jump much!"

“Ah I don’t know if I will jump much!”

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 of lessons with side saddle instructor Jennifer Torrance before staying over and heading to Mount Juliet the following day to hack out.

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A Week of Firsts

 

Our first side saddle hack

Our first side saddle hack

“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.

Has anyone else ever watched the movie ‘Minis First Time’ it’s a rather odd but awesome film about a rebellious teenager who decided to embark on a series of ‘firsts’. While the main characters ‘firsts’ included getting high and joining an escort agency my own were slightly less exotic or illegal. Still the concepts of ‘firsts’ is not bad one all the same and once I started to embrace with a side saddle theme last week.

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These Are a Few of my Favourite Things

"That feeling you get from a hug off your horse"

“That feeling you get from a hug off your horse”

To the tune of the song of the same name!

Being greeted by neighing and pricked ears each day
The smell of creosote, molassed chaff and hay
Dark brown supple leather with subtle bits of bling
These are a few of my favourite things

 Horses that don’t lean when you’re putting their  studs in
A tailored show jacket that makes your thighs look thin
Short legged leather boots at a price that won’t sting
These are a few of my favourite things.

Competing ponies that are not white so I’m not up washing all night
Riding side saddle and getting new things right
When a horse pricks its ears when the show jumping bell rings
These are a few of my favourite things.

When I fall off
When it goes wrong
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

"The first sunny day to go hacking in Spring"

“The first sunny day to go hacking in Spring”

Antique old saddles and the smell of a tack shop
Managing to stay on jumping down off a big drop
When you jump a fence and the horse seems to grow wings
These are a few of my favourite things

That feeling you get from a hug off your horse
Remembering your way round a complicated course
When you get a fence so wrong but an honest horse still pings
These are a few of my favourite things.

Brown and wine accessories everything matching
Managing to ride well when people are watching
Riding a horse who feels like it’s on springs
These are a few of my favourite things

When I fall off
When it goes wrong
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

"Pristine horses and riders with immaculate turn out"

“Pristine horses and riders with immaculate turn out”

 When vanish can manage to get awful jodhpur stains out
When a handsome horse stands very still while you mount
The first sunny day to go hacking in Spring
These are a few of my favourite things

Pristine horses and riders with immaculate turn out
Sewn in even plaits and a tail fully brushed out
Riders in top hats and veils in the rings
These are a few of my favourite things

The sound of horses hooves as they hack on the road
The cry of the hounds as they hunt through the cold
Old school traditions and the memories they bring
These are a few of my favourite things
When I fall off
When it goes wrong
When I’m feeling sad
I simply remember my favourite things
And then I don’t feel so bad

 

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Common Phrases Heard at Competitions and Their Meaning

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“That fence is WAY over max height” – using the incredibly accurate measuring scale of ‘my own leg’ this fence is bordering on being a little on the big side.

“I’m not competitive” – I’d eat you for a rosette

“I’m REALLY not competitive” – you and the horse

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