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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Bottle it – step 3 on the road to confidence

Confidence, I have realised, is like a bottle of wine or gin. Whichever you prefer. To really excel and be full of confidence, you need a full bottle. (Definitely a metaphor, please drink responsibly!) My confidence has been pretty rock bottom in recent years but, this week, I had a bit of a realisation. My one step at a time approach has worked wonders, and I highly recommend it to anyone fighting their own confidence […]

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Comeback take two

My return to the show ring didn’t quite go to plan. So, this week, it is comeback take two! Tomorrow, we are off to Addington Equestrian Centre for a two day Sports Horse (GB) show. On day one, I will tackle the Novice Working Hunter and day two the Amateur. It’s a level down from our failed comeback which I hope will help it to be more successful but also there has been lots of […]

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Analyse this – the importance of analysis of your riding

What is this life so full of care, we have no time to stop and analyse things. Well, I am not very good at just staring or at least, if I look like I am just staring I am probably thinking. Overthinking can be a bad thing, but analysing is so important and something that some people just don’t do enough. I have just started competing again. It is very early stages but it going […]

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A bad workman always blames his tools

Any regular readers will know I love a quote. I love it when you come across a quote for exactly what you are trying to say in such a perfect little bite sized snippet. Well, today the quote that feels right is “A bad workman always blames his tools.” Yesterday was a good day in terms of moving forward on my path to confidence. We took Jack to a small, unaffiliated show jumping event and […]

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About a shampoo but not just about a shampoo.

Do you ever have those moments where you realise you are truly happy? Not because anything major has happened; actually not because of anything in particular at all. You just find yourself smiling. I had one of those moments the other day. Smart Grooming sent me their Lavender Shampoo to review – a new but exciting venture for my blogging. Jack was my willing assistant. He loves a bit of TLC time, although at 17hh […]

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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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Falling off to be a good rider – is that actually a thing?

Joey got a scooter for Christmas. He loves his scooter. He is a little young for a scooter but is very active and we thought it would be something he would enjoy. He did some practice at home before venturing out to the local park and he was let loose. He fell off. Quite spectacularly in fact. Coated from head to foot in mud. So, did this make him a better scooter rider? Or was […]

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Terrifying Mindy cont – chickening out.

As I walked out of the arena, a smiling stranger said “oh, chickening out!”, I smiled and muttered something along the lines of “ha, yeah, you know,” But in truth she really didn’t know. I was avoiding terrifying Mindy! Last weekend, it was the British Eventing Jumping and Style Finals at Hartpury College – supported by Baileys Horse Feeds. The wonderful Jack had qualified so Joey and I headed down to cheer him on. We […]

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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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