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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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What Women Want – Treat Her Like a Horse!

Wonderwoman

It really only dawned on me the other day. I’d been told the horse had been shod and had just nodded my head in acknowledgemnt that it had to be paid for (for the sake of not giving the non-horsey readers a heart attack I won’t say how much horse shoes cost but lets just say if you paid this much for your own shoes and had to throw them away after 6-8 weeks of wear – you would be p*ssed). Yet here I was in Penneys almost doing cartwheels at finding a pair of flats for €9 that would stay within budget and might make me look like an expensive lady for all of five minutes. If the horses loses a shoe – it is replaced and paid for no questions asked. If I lose a shoe – well actually thanks to the government practically taxing breathing the tragedy is I can no longer afford to go out and get drunk enough to lose a shoe anywhere. It has dawned on me – if this was Downton Abbey the horse would be the lady of the manor and I would be the upper class British equivalent of Cinderella.

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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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