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Every Which Way …

Every winter I’m bombarded with people asking me what they can do with their horse. The thought of spending more than five minutes in a school seems to fill them with dread. It shouldn’t! Schooling is only exercise. Anyone can do it. School your horse this winter and you’ll be ready for the shows next year. Continue reading

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Let Your Horse do his Job

This week out hacking I came across a tree blocking the track. Unless I turned round and rode back the way I’d come there was only one alternative. A 1:3 downhill scramble through the trees. To me it was no contest. I hate back-tracking. Continue reading

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Don’t Swing the Changes

When I was younger there were very few equestrian programmes on TV. When Olympia came on it was a big event. Every time I saw it I felt inspired to jump bigger and better fences. Sadly my pony didn’t watch … Continue reading

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Refuse to Accept Refusals

Does your horse spend more time running round fences than he does jumping over them? Then it’s time to show him who’s boss. Continue reading

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It’s in Your Hands

Did you know horses don’t have a collar bone? This means they can move their shoulders independently of each other. Interesting as that may be it can be seriously annoying when it comes to them falling in on the turn into a fence. Continue reading

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Forewarned or Forworried?

What does your horse do? He must have some trait or other? His previous owner would have warned you about it. It’s a good thing, right? Forewarned is forearmed? Not always … In my teens I had a horse that … Continue reading

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Not Just a Speed

A spectator could be forgiven for thinking that the individual show in the Working Hunter was the same as any other showing class. Sadly a WH judge would probably agree with them. The trouble is a Working Hunter show is meant to be different. The judge wants to see four paces. More often than not they see three. Continue reading

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You Started But Did You Finish?

When was the last time you notched up four faults or more? In the after show analysis the conversation probably started with “He jumped the first fence nicely but …” How did you finish that sentence? “… I couldn’t hold … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and The Lazy

When I started this blog I mentioned a horse I was looking after who’d broken his hip. Sadly we lost him last week. It was, and still is, a terrible thing for all concerned but life, unashamedly, moves on. Continue reading

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The Way I See It

My husband’s second horse, Mid, was the type of horse that is often called a character. To give him his due he was a great show jumper. He was only about 15.3hh – he thought he was bigger – and he and Steve both got to the heady heights of Foxhunter. The good thing about him was he practiced a lot. The bad thing about him was he did it on his own. Continue reading

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