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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WIN a personalised jacket from Harry Hall.

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One lucky bod is going to win a personalised Casares Softshell jacket from Harry Hall, and it could be you! Simply enter the competition below. Being slightly coat obsessive when this jacket arrived in the post I was more than a little excited. For starters I LOVE the colour, for years everything horsey came in navy, and it was so boring but now it seems grey is here to stay. I also splashed out on a pair of super smart grey breeches in the summer, and this jacket looks great with them. My matchy matchy game is strong, and that…

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The Rundle Cup aka waving my mallet about in the hope of hitting something!

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Back in July 2016 I took part in a charity polo match for The Inspire Foundation and it was quite frankly a bl**dy brilliant day from start to finish! If you’re wondering why it has taken me so long to blog about it, it’s because I forgot to click “publish” (serious blonde moment!!!) Bad blogger! Slap on wrist! So the day started with us poling up to pitch our gazebo and complete the most essential activity of the day getting the picnic ready and champers on ice! I was repping for the eventers in my carefully chosen hosiery!;) Repping for the…

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Bolly bosses it at Tweseldown ODE despite “The Rusty Granny”!

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10 hours, 2 bits of toast, and several buckets of water later and we have completed our first ODE of the season! yay! After the disappointment of not going XC at our last ODE I entered Tweseldown ODE as I know the sandy soil is always good and with a little rain a few days before the ground was on point. Dressage warm up was a bit of a stress as my hat couldn’t be tagged due to the inside safety spec being unreadable (sweaty hair will do that apparently!) so in full comp gear and 25 degrees I ran…

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Protexin Gut Lix Review & Prize Giveaway

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Roll up, roll up I’ve got another great competition for you!!! My sponsor Protexin have given me 5 probiotic starter kits to giveaway to 5 lucky GHE readers. I’ve had my horses on Protexin products for about…9 years on and off. Generally flipping between the Gut Balancer and Acid Ease products depending on the horse and situation. Their Quick Fix paste has also been a grooming kit essential for me and I often give Dustry some after plaiting and before loading and then again on arrival at a comp to settle his stomach and nerves. So if you’d like to…

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Rabson Manor ODE – Two 3rds BRILLIANT!

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It seems to me that if I’m at risk of frost bite or heat stroke then it can mean only one thing….I’m competing that day! Now I’m not just doing that typical British thing of bemoaning the weather, it really was an absolute SCORCHER, and the prospect of slipping on a tweed jacket was making me want to weep. Off we set, cool box, sun cream, isotonic drinks and sunglasses in hand to Swindon Riding Club’s ODE at Rabson Manor. This was Bolly and I’s first ODE together back in October (refresh your memory here if you like) and so…

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