Too hot to handle – Eventing in a heat wave!

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Finally we get out to our first event of the year and Britain decides to have a heat wave! I’m not complaining about the glorious sunshine or the tan I’m building up but jeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeze it’s HOT! I went off to walk the XC the day before as we had enetered a local event West Wilts 90cm Unaff ODE and it was roasting! To the organisers’ credit they had done a lot to help with the going, and in places there was a good deal of cover and clear signs of ground work to improve the course. The further I walked…

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How to make your own rosette display board for under £20

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Not one to win rosettes that often when I do I like to hold onto them! I don’t really have a set place to display them though so they tend to end up on picture frames, kitchen pin boards, in the lorry cab and stuffed into various drawers in cupboards which isn’t really doing them justice. So……I thought I would make a rosette display board for my frillies. I looked at options for ways to display rosettes and found a huge range of solutions some cool, some quirky and some just strange! I wanted to opt for a traditional wall…

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Ginkhana’s equestrian themed gin is hot to trot!

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There was a particularly hazy and embarrassing period in my life (aka my early 20s) where I used to drink wine. Wine and I get on like a house on fire, and as fast as a naked flame rips through an empty building, just a few sips of wine hitting my blood stream can make me feel invincible in minutes! I am RIDICULOUSLY susceptible to the grape and as much as that makes for a cheap night, I would (on balance) prefer to remember what happened in the morning!   Having pegged wine as my kryptonite I looked for alternatives…

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VIP saddle pad review for Very Important Ponies

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For all my horses in the past I’ve predominantly used a thin saddle cloth and sheepskin half pad set up to make sure that they are as comfortable as possible across their backs, and that the saddle fit isn’t compromised by too much bulking out. When my saddler on a recent fitting check suggested I look at buying a VIP saddle pad for both the boys because she’d “heard good things about them” I got Googling to see what was so very important about these pads. First of all they are made from a fabric called Akton Visco Elastic Polymer Gel…

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Make your own fedora feather & shot gun cartridge hatband.

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Glue guns at the ready…..things are about to get crafty! I love an up-cycle project of any kind so when I spotted these gorgeous feather fedoras from Hicks & Brown (and then checked my available bank balance, and wept!) I decided that I could do something similar to tart up my own tatty old felt fedora. I bought my hat from Badminton a few years back and this is what it looked like originally. Cheers! Designated driver and “Shelly half a cider Osiochain” 😉 #alresfordshow pic courtesy of top pap @georginagallop  post shared by Gift Horse Eventing (@gifthorseeventing) on Sep…

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Grass mats for your horse’s paddock – Godsend or gimmick?

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Since Dustry had his kissing spine operation, and because he really doesn’t like being stabled he now lives out 24/7 with a field shelter instead. This lifestyle is great for him, but it’s not that great for the grass as the regular walking in/out/around the shelter by him and his field buddy means that the field in that area very quickly got boggy and churned up. To try and prevent his paddock getting “poached” we bought grass mats to lay outside the entrance to the field shelter to make a flat dry “yard” area. You can get grass mats for…

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WIN a bbbbbrilliant bundle of goodies!

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Stay warm and look cool with this bundle of winter warmers from Harry Hall. ENTER BELOW FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN One lucky winner will WIN the whole bundle worth almost £100 and made up of…. Kiti knitted bobble hat with super soft faux fur pom pom, keep your head warm and cover up any chronic “hat hair” with this cosy little bobble hat. Protect against frozen fingers whilst riding with these Caldene cross country riding gloves. Silicone detail on the palm increases the grip without compromising on feel. Add a little festive flair to your look with this herringbone…

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Dressage is a bad idea!…..or is it?

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When my alarm sounds at 6.30am on a Sunday, I think “this was a bad idea” My competition breeches are insanely tight, and require Herculian levels of strength to heave them on, as I’m fighting with the fabric I think “this was a bad idea” When I get in the lorry, start it up and the fuel light immediately beeps and comes on, I think “this was a bad idea” When the plaiting bands are cutting into my ice cold fingers and I’m loosing sensation with 5 plaits still left to do, I think “this was a bad idea” As…

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How long does it take to muck out? 10 time saving tips!

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When it comes to yard duties it seems like some people can ride 15, muck out 10 all in less than 7 minutes and before 5am! 😉 For mere mortals like myself though it takes a little longer to get through the morning stables routine (and multiple caffeine injections), but how long exactly? I’ve never really thought about how long it takes to get the horses sorted before going to work, I just leave a generous amount of time. So…..I timed myself! Winter is here…. #gameofpones #Winterstables #muckingout #horseygirl #wheelbarrow #fork #shovel #earlyalarm #horsesofinstagram A post shared by Gift Horse…

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