Ban of whips debate: poked a Bear and got inspired

I was scrolling through Facebook the other evening when I came across a Horse and Hound post about Gemma Tattersall receiving a yellow card at an event. I had seen Gemma jump at Hickstead and was impressed with her partnership with her horse so was disappointed to read this. Scrolling through the comments, (mostly about Horse and Hound restricting viewing to their VIP readers!) I saw a lady had written that we are heading towards […]

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Bullying – thought I had grown out of it but apparently not

Reading the awful stories on the news recently about children being bullied at school brought back some painful memories for me: I didn’t have the nicest time at school. I was also there before social media and online bullying existed so dread to think how much harder it must be now. It was absolutely heartbreaking to read about Bradley John taking his own life due to bullies. As a child, I hoped that it was […]

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Didn’t know what to write, but now I do.

I have been quiet on my blog for a few weeks, not because I had nothing to write about but because I have been a bit lost as to how to write it. Now, I know. Today, we had the Physiotherapist come out to see Jack. He is fine but we have noticed he has been jumping slightly differently behind and wanted to see if there was a reason for this or any tightness/soreness that […]

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Caring vs Spoiling

We have the vet, physiotherapist, dentist, farrier, feed supplier, saddle fitter, rug company, additive provider, psychic….. well, maybe that’s a step too far but where is the line between caring and spoiling? I have always tried to give my horses the best possible lives and will always do that. However, None of us have an unlimited budget and so compromises have to be made sometimes. Care is not something to compromise on though. My question […]

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Moving Forward in 2018

I love a new year. Everything is fresh and new and I find a new determination that I lack at the end of a year. For me, the new year is all about moving forward and although I love to write a philosophical, motivational blog, this is not that. I actually want to write about literally moving forward. Perhaps because I am not the owner of particularly long legs or perhaps because I am very […]

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Stick or not to stick, that is the question

Tomorrow, I shall be getting up super early and heading to Addington Manor for the Sports Horse Breeding and British Show Horse Association joint Judges assessment day. I was so excited to have been accepted although now the nerves are kicking in a bit. I love judging and I am good at it but am I good enough for the top people who will be assessing me? The people who have judged me, who I […]

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The FEI has let us down at Rio

Over the last few weeks, we have seen the top athletes in the World competing in Rio. So many moments to make everyone proud. But watching the showjumping the other day – my favourite event – I was left angry and disappointed. Not by Team GB – they did not have luck on their side but John Whitaker’s first round was pure class and I will most certainly be cheering on Nick Skelton and Ben […]

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Making a tough decision, putting your horse first

The headlines read “Rider Adelinde Cornelisse quits Rio 2016 after horse falls ill” , “Dutch dressage rider quits Rio Olympics to save sick horse.” With a silver at London 2012, she was certainly more than just a contender, she was one of the favourites but then an infected insect bite stopped her Olympic gold hopes. The papers all played the dramatic card but I like her report. The facts of what happened, ending with this:  […]

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A reason to smile

Today was just one of those days! The days where nothing quite goes to plan, you feel unappreciated and as if everything is a losing battle. So, I came home ready to curl in a ball, take a large pot of Ben and Jerry’s from the freezer, make a duvet fort to live in forever and then I saw this article – “Use of Spurs, nosebands, bits and draw reins in competition called into question.” Well […]

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Going cross country without a stick…

Whilst scrolling the realms of Facebook the other day, I came across a debate about carrying a whip in racing and whether it should be banned or not. To my surprise many had responded saying no. Genuinely, I was surprised – how could anyone say no to something that could improve horse welfare? And then one response really shocked me “You wouldn’t expect someone to ride cross country without a stick so why should we […]

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