Biomechanics Day @ Croft Equestrian Centre

Some days you ride and finish physically exhausted, on this training day, I finished mentally exhausted. British Dressage Central Region organised a training day at Croft Equestrian Center, near Reading with The Balanced Rider and Centaur Biomechanics and I was delighted to take Jack along. My aunt had attended a Centaur Biomechanics lesson previously so I had an idea of what it was about but I underestimated what kind of impact it would have on […]

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Making a song and dance of it – lessons from the theatre

No blog post or YouTube video last week because I was treading the boards. I got rather sidelined with a week performing in “Showtime” at the Corn Exchange in Wallingford. I had a fantastic week but as always came away with lessons to apply to my horsey life. You can take the girl away from horses but…. So, what did I learn – surrounding yourself with positive people will change the way you think. The […]

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Road Trip to Devon

Sometimes I need a moment to regroup. I think everyone does. So, when Monty’s demonstrations for this year were booked and all a few hours away, it seemed like the perfect opportunity. I got online and found a little farmhouse 15 minutes away from The Grange, Okehampton and some me time was officially booked. I arrived at the Lobhill Farmhouse in Devon last night to a beautiful view, the sound of sheep and a friendly […]

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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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Terrifying Mindy – how to put someone off riding for good

I have a friend, let’s call her Mindy, and I say friend in the loosest sense of the word. Mindy is not a very nice person. Mindy hasn’t ridden for a while, she has had some confidence issues but wants to come and ride on Saturday and potentially a few times a week after that. I really don’t want that to happen. I would really love for her to have a rubbish time and potentially […]

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One fence at a time

I jump the practice jump and the mother says “That’s the one. Let’s head down.” So, I walk him down to the entrance. We are ready to go in. Ready to jump round the course. If we do it right and come out with a clear then we are in the running to win. If we win, we get to compete in the championship in the main arena – a dream of mine for so […]

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Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes

“Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes” is a quote dating back a long way, to the Cherokee tribe of Native Americans; wise people. Nelle Harper Lee, author of “To Kill a Mockingbird” was seemingly on the same track when she wrote “You never really know a man until you understand things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” They […]

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October Equestrian Blog Hop – Halloween: Finding the fun

This month’s Equestrian Blog hop is all about Halloween, yard traditions, All Saints Day celebrations with horses and yard friends. But the truth is, I am not a big fan of Halloween. Growing up, my Gran was so truly English that she saw Halloween as something “very American” so not for us – saying “cute” was also frowned upon.  Also, being on the top floor of flats means trick or treaters frankly didn’t bother with […]

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To be continued….

How do you make decisions? How do you know if you are doing things for the right reason or not? I am usually a good decision maker, except when it comes to the big crossroads when there is too much at stake or too many factors to consider and recently, that has been the case.  I started riding at the age of 12, a relatively late start considering my very horsey family, but from day […]

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No advice, no lessons – just honesty

Most of my blogs are designed to be informative or to teach something or are just hoping to make people smile or think. This one however, is just from the heart and honest. I have gone through a pretty tough time of late, as my first ever blog explained but even since then things haven’t been great. I have been very lost, confused and unhappy.  So, Jack came along, a beautiful, kind, talented horse and […]

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