socky socky lucky lucky win win!

Yes I’ve finally cracked! Coming up with good blog titles is harder than it looks you know! So what’s the meaning of all this nonsense? Well horsey people are no strangers to superstition and when it comes to competition rituals I think I am fairly typical. Having a pair of lucky socks is one of my superstitions.        Now I’m sure most people imagine that one would have just the sole pair of ‘lucky socks’ right? Wrong! lucky socks for me are the last successful pair of socks that I wore in competition. If I hit the deck…

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A rootin-tootin’ Mothers’ Day

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!

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

“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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Putting our best foot forward with Carr & Day & Martin

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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Our 1st British Dressage Winter Regional Champs!

We did it, we survived our first ever British Dressage Winter Regional Championships!!!! In the weeks leading up to the Champs things were not going in our favour, the cold weather meant that our arena was frozen in the morning so I couldn’t ride before work at 6am and then frozen again at around 6pm when I returned from work so a few weeks passed with D only getting worked at the weekend when I could box over to my instructor’s. If you know D you will know that this is not ideal because he is a raving maniac workaholic…

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

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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Cardboard bedding – good for your horse and the environment

cardboard bedding for horses

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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15 horsey ‘life hacks’ for 2015

1/ Stop Rugs Slipping If you store your rugs on rug poles and often find that they slip off simply wrap vetwrap around the rug pole and hey presto, its grippy-ness keeps rugs in place! Also works great if you have saddle poles in your lorry/trailer and find your tack slipping as you travel.   2/ Nappies for poulticing feet Nappies make great padding for poulticing feet abscesses. Put your poultice in place next to the hoof then put the nappy on over the top, the sticky tabs and elasticated sides help it fit perfectly to the foot, then simply…

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Diagnosing, treating and managing a horse with a spore allergy (RAO)

Last winter Dustry developed a cough. It began after he went onto his winter routine in October (stabled at night and out during the day) and I first noticed it when I was riding him. At the beginning of a schooling session when I asked him to go from walk to trot for the first time he would trot off and then after a few strides drop his head down and cough. I would let him take the rein and work long and low for a few circles until he had cleared the cough and then he would work fine.…

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