Dressage: Just Like Life

We had a riding club dressage competition (unlike the last time, it was not one day event-style, so there was no jumping) and once again, I learned more than the test. I felt confident that I knew what I was doing, as regards having memorised the thing; I was not 100% convinced that the final …

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Responding Versus Reacting

What happened was: we were down in the lower arena, and the going was great after a rainy winter and myriad puddles, doing a short course of low fences to work on sustaining our rhythm and finessing our lines in. The car park is directly adjacent to the arena hosts horseboxes. I had William, who …

Please Read This: A Review of Many Brave Fools

I have been twice honoured by Haynet as their Blog Of The Week, and now they do me an even greater: this review by Louise Broderick. Thanks a million! *** Many Brave Fools: A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency… and Horses is AVAILABLE NOW. Preorder your copy today: > In the US, click on over …

Please Tune In To Becauseofhorses.com Podcast (I Am On It)

Click right over to becauseofhorses.com and choose your platform! I am so honoured to have been interviewed by the wonderful Elise Chand, who is such a good interviewer and producer that I am actually okay with listening to the sound of my own voice. As a journalist, I know exactly how much hard work goes …

‘The Champagne of Apples’

...according to The Internet, from whose many rabbit holes I now debouche, blinking in the light. There wasn't much trial and error in discovering Cathal's favourite treat. Carrots are a welcome second, Polo mints are expected in addition, but when it comes to apples, there is a definite preference. It's not like he'd refuse anything …

ICYMI: How Horse Riding Helps Addiction Treatment & Recovery via addictionblog.org

I was honoured to contribute to the great work that Addiction Blog are doing in providing touchstones and resources to everyone contending with all manner of addictive behaviours. Here's a link to the article, which has had many eyeballs rest upon it! *** Many Brave Fools: A Story of Addiction, Dysfunction, Codependency… and Horses is …