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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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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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Mountain Horse ‘Sovereign’ long boots will make you feel like royalty!

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Alas they will not also provide you with the horsemanship skills of Zara or her mother but whatever your leg position you’re going to look great (even if unexpectedly dismounting aka falling off!) in these gorgeous long boots! I knew they were something special when they arrived and I excitedly shared some snaps on my Facebook page which then went loopy! It seems that I’m not the only one who’s been hankering after a pair of brown leather long boots. Now I can sympathise with Carrie Bradshaw and her Manolo obsession 😉 Post by Gift Horse Eventing. My love for…

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Putting our best foot forward with Carr & Day & Martin

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I’m really happy to say that Carr & Day & Martin are sponsoring us for 2015 with their hoof care products! It’s really hard to give helpful product reviews for supplements or long term prevention focussed care products when a company comes to me and says ‘if I give you 1 tub/box/packet of X can you review it?’. One off product testing of products that are designed for long term use has no benefit for anyone. For me I don’t benefit from the long term effect on my horse, and by providing a thin and unsubstantiated product review on my…

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Cardboard bedding – good for your horse and the environment

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As a result of Dustry’s spore allergy he is stabled on cardboard bedding. I have experimented with paper bedding in the past but when it gets wet it is very heavy and when it is dry it’s very light and fly-away and escapes from the stable on a regular basis and blows around the yard – Ggggrrrr!. I discovered that a company near to me manufactured cardboard bedding so I ordered a pallet to give it a go. The Green Bedding Company sell shredded cardboard bedding, which is virtually dust free. The bedding comes in bags which are a similar size…

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Behind the scenes with Mountain Horse! Spring/Summer 2014 shoot

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During a recent glamorous motorway services based pow wow with my sponsor Mountain Horse we came up with a list of ideas for some collaborative activities, and last weekend we ticked the first item off the list. I tagged along to Mountain Horse’s video shoot for their 2015 Spring/Summer collection and embarked on some covert filming of the team in action as the day panned out. You can see the video I made of the day below. To look through the full behind the scenes album of images I took click here (they are all on Mountain Horse’s Facebook page)…

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Adjustable gullets – the flexible and affordable solution for horses that change shape

For anyone retraining an ex-racer or bringing on a youngster one of my top tips would be buy a saddle that fits that has adjustable gullets, they will save you so much hassle and a small fortune. When I first bought Dustry I rode him in my Exselle Debut close contact saddle. I pretty much rode everything in this saddle! The front points on it were so short that it never impinged on shoulder movement and as a result it also had a massive potential range of width fittings. With a good numnah, half sheepskin or riser pad it would…

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