Bye, Bye, Bye, Delilah

I reckoned something was wrong when she didn't turn around in her stable to come say hello. Delilah stood facing the back wall, and when she slowly swung her head around to look at me, she looked like there was a world of hurt in her eye. She picked up a hoof and put it …

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Equestrian Maths

At the Dublin Horse Show this past August, I saw a bee-yoo-ti-ful pair of jodh boots by Ariat, which had a good heel and a lovely rounded toe and a zip. Loved them at first sight; at second sight, after a fumble for the specs and a discovery of the price tag — €279 {!} …

Adventures in Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning

Very new ones, in fact. Here's a feature I wrote about what it's all about when you work with horses as therapeutic partners. I've just finished a diploma in Equine Handling, Husbandry and Instruction with ELISTA Education and am preparing to do the progression course in Equine Assisted Therapy and Learning this autumn. It is …

You Gotta Start Somewhere: My Very First Dressage Test Ever

Ever done correctly, that is, with the white things down on the ground, and the silence. There have been any number of times in which instructors have tried to incorporate a dressage test into a lesson. Sure, we do loads of flat work in the warm up, but the flat work never gets its own …

Larger, Life: The Limerick Giant and Royal de Luxe

I really don't know where to put this, so I'm putting it here. My virtual real estate is actually rather focused, and while I wish I could file under: Culture [RIP, ITM], I think we're fine in my equine neck of the woods. I missed horseriding because of this, so you know it had to …