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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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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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WIN Equestrian Jewellery – Elvira silver polo mallet ring.

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Being an avid Instagrammer (I’m here if you want to follow my GHE Insta) I like the double tap action and can waste hours scrolling for inspo and entertainment. During one of these sessions I discovered Elvira jewellery and started stalking their account, I got weeks deep on their profile and was loving what I found. This polo mallet ring really caught my eye. Horsey girls’ hands are usually blistered, cracked, sporting a chipped mani, and typically smelling of saddle soap or fly spray so every now and again I think they deserve a treat! (that’s my excuse for buying…

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Badminton 2017 – Shopping, Scoffing & Jaw Dropping!

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Wednesday Badminton is getting busy! It seems that people have cottoned on to the fact that the BE90/100 competition days provide all the same shopping opportunities minus the huge crowds and as such it seemed decidedly busier this year compared to last. With no particular shopping list except ‘lunch’ in mind we set off moseying round the stalls, with our usual plan of shop – lunch – watch some xc – more shopping – maybe a sweet treat – home. Typically the first stall we came across was brilliant (so we did the browse-and-make-a-mental-note-to-return-later-stall-sweep walk) Will Bees Bespoke. I love it,…

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Rehabilitation Plans After Kissing Spine Operation

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It has been 8 months now since Dustry went in for his kissing spine operation and to coin a phrase ‘its been emotional’. He has wintered out really well. Thankfully he has had a little furry friend ‘Rufus’ (Dustry’s ‘handbag’ as he has been nicknamed!) to keep him company and the winter weather has been kind. So the start of his rehab is imminent as soon as the yard switches from winter back to summer routine and he moves to a paddock nearer the yard then his work shall begin. Last month he had his 6 monthly dentist appointment (and…

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Birthday Dressage Bootcamp @ Pepperwood Park

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Cards, cake and a 2 day residential dressage bootcamp, what more could a girl want for her birthday!? Packed and prepped Bolly and I set off in the lorry to my instructor Grand Prix rider Karen Sherperd’s home Pepperwood Park near Stockbridge, leaving Mummy Groom to follow us the next day and watch the final lesson of the boot-camp. Bolly is such a pro he settled into a strange stable and just tucked into his hay net like nothing out of the ordinary had happened. There were 6 of us on the boot-camp riding from Prelim to Elementary, and it…

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Kissing Spine Standing Operation – before, during & after care

Avid readers will be up to speed with Dustry’s lameness diagnosis, but if you’ve just discovered my blog and want to know the history it’s here. He went for his kissing spine operation in Lambourn at Valley Equine Hospital. It’s a great facility and pretty local to me, but unfortunately it doesn’t exactly hold happy memories. The last visit I had there in 2011 was with Soap who as a result of an injury sustained in the field had to be PTS and we drove home with an empty lorry Brushing off thoughts of the past I dropped Dustry off for his…

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