A Competition Is Not 100% About The Competition

I've competed before, up the yard, but never with my white jodhs on. The addition of them, for the first riding club competition of the year, seemed to make a huge difference to my attitude. Previously, I had simply rocked up in my usual whatever, but the degree of planning required to ferry the white …

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Who’s The Boss?

A couple of weeks ago, after I turned Connell out following our Wednesday night hour, I stood around and watched while the rest of my lesson mates brought down their trusty steeds. It was hot, hot even if it wasn't Ireland, like the kind of hot you might find as normal anywhere else in the …

‘That’s A Really Good Thing About You…’ [A Post from 2010]

I am delighted to have found this post, because in the intervening years, I've only gotten chattier with my mounts, and yes, I still do think it makes a difference to the way things go between myself and the horse. I remember one time Delilah (*sniff*) swung her head around and towards the stereo when …

Personal Growth Opportunity [A Post from 2009]

I had a hard time choosing just one post from 2009. It's interesting, because that's the year I spent (possibly wasted) writing the proposal for my horse book. Okay, not wasted, because the time I spent writing and re-writing it brought me to the true point of writing it at all. It wasn't about my …