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Back in the Saddle – Full Steam Ahead?

By |2019-09-29T16:27:39+00:00September 29th, 2019|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , |

At the end of my last instalment, summer was drawing to a close.  Dudley and & I had made great in-roads to a new partnership together.  We'd had a 3 months together, lots of time spent in flatwork and pole work lessons and we'd managed a show or 2 together and tackled jumping in a way [...]

Back in the Saddle… Adventures

By |2019-08-28T10:29:25+00:00August 28th, 2019|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , |

When Tony and I decided that a round of proper show jumps was in order I don't really recall batting an eye-lid.  Putting my head to where I was just a couple of months previously and the idea of jumping then it's a huge change.  It's insane the change. It's not like I've swallowed a book [...]

Back in the Saddle… Wash & Show

By |2019-10-25T20:06:03+00:00August 18th, 2019|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , |

It's been a little over a month since I last reported in and continued to bare my soul on my decision to return to riding last year!  Dudley's appearance in my life and how this big-little horse has transformed my outlook on riding has been nothing short of a flipping miracle. My outward appearance when Tiny [...]

Back in the Saddle… Flatwork isn’t a horror after all

By |2019-10-25T20:30:53+00:00July 7th, 2019|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , |

'When you know, you know...' It's a simple statement that sort of makes no sense really and yet it has the heads of many nodding when they hear it.  It's certainly seems to be applicable as the relationship between myself and Dudley grows.   ♥︎ ♘ ♥︎ He's now been with me for 1 month and [...]

Back in the Saddle – How Times Change Pt 2

By |2019-10-27T18:03:08+00:00June 11th, 2019|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , |

Once upon a time, you went to the saddlery and you'd find a rail with jodphurs and breeches on.   Beige for shows, navy or black for general riding and kicking about.  Breeches for adults you needed a bigger saddlery for.  Brand choices were limited.  It was all super practical and not very pretty or edgy.  [...]

Back in the Saddle… Goodbye Tiny

By |2019-10-27T18:20:10+00:00June 1st, 2019|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , |

I never thought for a second I’d be writing this to you all. Maybe sometime in the future but certainly not this week. I made the decision to sell Tiny.  For all his amazing points there were a few things that just didn’t work for me. I could have carried on and worked through them, many [...]

Back in the Saddle 12… Bring on the Physio

By |2019-10-27T18:26:37+00:00May 19th, 2019|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , |

Hello again!  I've deliberately kept things a quiet lately with this series.  The hunting season ended in March and we've been ticking over ever since really.  Instead of turning him away for the summer the plan was to keep him ticking over with just hacking for a few weeks and then start on some flatwork, get [...]

Back in the Saddle – Part 11 A Saddle for his Back

By |2019-10-25T20:33:56+00:00March 19th, 2019|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , |

Ever since Tiny came home I've been riding him in one of Tony's saddles.  The fit has been 'ok', definitely usable, but not ideal long term.  An 18" seat for a 5'2" small legged person isn't ideal.  I've basically been swimming in that saddle since October.  We always knew that if he was staying around we'd [...]