Posts Written By Chloë

Bouncing Bolly aka “The Come Back King”

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Since Dustry is ‘off games’ I have hijacked Mummy Groom’s mount and set about getting to grips with him in prep for some competitions this winter. We went XC schooling and he was ace, check out the video below. We then went for a show jumping lesson with my instructor Amanda Brewer and he was double ace! Compared to Dustry, Bolly feels like riding something that’s about 2 inches long, and made of rubber….reading that back that sounds very wrong! but horsey peeps will get what I mean 😉   It’s taking some adjusting to get used to him and…

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Hind Suspensory Ligament stops play!

It seems that all I have been reading, researching, thinking and talking about recently is a little ligament that until a few months ago I hadn’t even thought twice about! Firstly if you have a similar issue check out this Facebook group it’s very helpful to talk to people going through the same thing > PSD Discussion Group Facebook Something wasn’t right with Dustry, and I couldn’t put my finger on it. I couldn’t see anything conclusive when watching him from the floor, but when riding he felt slightly lop sided behind and just ‘not right’. I’m afraid that’s as…

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Red Arrows & “Small Pointies” Going AWOL @ Crown Farm ODE

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Finally after 4 months of waiting (due to my new saddle being in production and then a freak muscle strain he needed to recover from) Dustry and I entered Crown Farm 80cm ODE. It was time to dust the cobwebs off my cross country colours and pack up ‘The Beastmobile’ for a days eventing. Having not been between the white boards and done dressage on grass since….errrmm….October last year Dustry managed to contain his excitement pretty well. The ground was hard and slippy so I studded up with ‘little pointies’ (yes that’s what all the pros refer to them as…

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Horsey girl H.O.T.ness – It’s not what you think!

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Tragic tan lines ahoy! Horsey girls I know you have them, we all suffer from H.O.T.ness (no not in that way!) Horse Owners Tan is the curse of all equestrians. Yes I have bronzed forearms to die for, but venture any further up that sleeve and I go from bright bay to pasty palomino within inches. These #horseygirlproblems are compounded when you get invited to a NESE (Non Equestrian Social Event of course) and suddenly the dress code doesn’t include breeches and polo shirts!!! Panic ensues, and I reach for the fake bake because I have a chronic case of…

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Horsing around at Hickstead thanks to Petplan Equine

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Last week I got an email from Petplan Equine asking if I would be interested in taking part in their responsible riders campaign, and fancy a day out at Hickstead courtesy of them. Well that was a bit of a no brainer! With travel snacks at the ready and my sat nav giving the directions (in it’s crooning Irish voice setting ‘tayke da second exeet’) my friend Holly and I set off on our jolly. Walking into the showground I noticed just how much is has expanded since I was last there in about 1997/1998. When I was at school…

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#9 MORE equestrian life hacks!!!

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My previous post ’15 HORSEY LIFE HACKS’ proved such a hit that I thought I’d try to rustle up some MORE!. I could only stretch to 9 this time (apologies for the shortcomings, think of it in dressage terms a 9 = very good!) but there are some crackers in there – enjoy! 1/ Instant ‘Stick-ability’ – Andrew Nicholson eat your heart out! For a quick stick-ability boost grab some saddle soap and liberally apply to the seat and top panels of your saddle just before mounting. The slight dampness of a recently soaped saddle combined with a pair of full…

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#12 fun Badminton facts & vintage video

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I know I’m not alone when I say Badminton is THE highlight of the equestrian calendar. Over the years I’ve been to spectate on various days to experience the atmosphere and excitement of it all first hand. It has such a special vibe, if you haven’t yet been…GO! When I can’t go in person I love nothing more than monopolising the remote control and vegging out on the sofa for hours watching as much of the BBC coverage (technical faults permitting! 😉 ) as possible. It’s normally around this time that my other half comes out with his favourite joke:…

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Lovestruck fallen for a monoflap

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For quite a while now Dustry’s jump saddle hasn’t really been fitting either of us very well. For him because he has muscled up and developed a good top line its curved tree is no longer a very good fit, so I’ve had to pad it up with a half sheepskin and saddle cloth. For me because I am long from hip to knee but short from knee to ankle it doesn’t really allow me to ride as short as I would like to for jumping because if I raise my stirrups any more my knees will be off the…

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As seen in Your Horse magazine, oh yeah!

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Did you get your copy this month? No! Then hurry to the shops, because this month’s is a collectors’ edition as it features none other than yours truly and Dustry 😉 Back in October last year Mountain Horse arranged for Dustry and I to go for a lesson with fellow Mountain Horse sponsored rider Ruth Edge, and the whole event was covered by Your Horse magazine. Ruth lives in South Derbyshire about a 3hr drive away. So armed with snacks, sat nav, and spare haynets we set off on our mammoth road trip ‘oop north (and yes Derbyshire IS what…

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Duct tape ‘twitch’ on a horse’s nose to calm it down?!

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Yes really! This is something that I have seen cropping up in a few places recently so I thought I would investigate it further… There seems to be a growing group of horse owners who claim that sticking a small strip of duct tape down the front of their horse’s nose whilst trying to carry our previously difficult tasks, where the horse’s behaviour is hard to cope with (such as shoeing and clipping) has helped to calm and pacify their horse. I know it sounds nuts (and no this is not a belated April fool!), but there are quite a…

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