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We are not enjoying winter today & will not pretend otherwise #hobbyshaming

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You know those girls that say ‘Oooh I love Winter it’s my favourite season!’ well I am NOT one of those girls. I imagine those girls must be capable of matching their bra and pants 6 out of 7 days a week, have hair which is always ‘on fleek’ and sport immaculate intricately painted nails (nice indoors-y hobbies and pursuits) because one thing’s for sure they do not own a horse! This time of year is a series of early dark mornings, regular rain drenching, daily equine dung disposal, heavy lifting, hosing, hay net haulage, mud fighting, money draining of vampiric…

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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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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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A rootin-tootin’ Mothers’ Day

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Sadly at the beginning of this week we had to say good bye to a much loved four legged member of the family. Rex was my first ever horse and together we made our British Eventing debut. When it came time to retire him from a competitive career ‘Mummy Groom’ took him back and enjoyed many years riding him until he finally retired. At the grand old age of 26 the years finally got the better of him and we had to make that sad decision that every horse owner dreads. ‘Mummy Groom’ and I have often talked about how…

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Blogging bloopers, it’s not as easy as it looks!

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“Why don’t you try some vlogs?” they said. “It will be fun” they said…well they didn’t anticipate trying to film a vlog with Dustry did they! A few weeks back I armed myself with a fully charged gopro, a tripod, and some cellotape (just in case, you never know!) and attempted to shoot a vlog for my latest sponsor Carr & Day & Martin. The first epic fail came when playing back the footage and realising that there was no audio – gah! I have since bought a cheapo exterior mic so hopefully that issue will be solved.Second fail came…

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7 beauty tips for riders – you’ll be ‘hot to trot’ in no time!

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If your yard is anything like mine it is a hot bed for suspect fashion choices and (to the uninitiated) dubious personal hygiene since most people emit a feint horsey smell to some degree. Weather conditions and washing pile dependent us ‘yardies’ wear an assortment of horsey clothes and ‘things-from-my-normal-wardrobe-that-are-no-longer-acceptable-in-every-day-life-but-have-plenty-of-wear-left-in-them-for-the-yard’. It’s a strong and distinctive look, but when it comes to seamlessly integrating back into ‘normal life’, and you’re making that post-yard dash straight to the supermarket/post office/bank, that’s when things can get awkward! Over the years I think I have mastered the equine art of the ‘transitional wardrobe’. Now…

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