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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 |2019-09-02T15:07:53+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 |2019-07-07T11:06:44+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… Part 9

By |2019-05-18T12:30:51+00:00January 14th, 2019|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , , |

It's been nearly a month since you had my rambling words drop into your sight and there's a good reason really for that.  Not an awful lot has changed since the last blog when my little ex racehorse, Tiny, had the mother of all hematomas and that had that stopped play for us both. Well, I lie, [...]

Back in the Saddle… Part 7 Forwards & Backwards

By |2019-05-18T12:25:27+00:00December 4th, 2018|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , , |

All has been going well with Tiny and I at home.  He's not put a foot wrong and we are slowly building our relationship together both on the ground and in the saddle.  However things in my head have been somewhat unhelpful lately and despite my strong desire to be much further forward with my return [...]

Back in the Saddle… Part 6 Sit Up!!!

By |2019-05-18T12:12:44+00:00November 18th, 2018|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , |

My main competitive years growing up was in the Show Jumping arena.  During my teenage years I was really lucky to be in a position to ride and own some pretty speedy accurate and jumping ponies.  I rode in affiliated junior competitions from the age of 13 through to 16 years until I grew out of [...]

Back in the Saddle… Part 5 Fresh Do’s & Shoe Issues!

By |2019-05-18T12:21:39+00:00November 11th, 2018|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , , |

We've reached the month point since I've been back in the saddle with a new horse of my own, Tiny, and it's starting to feel like second nature with the daily and weekly routines.  One thing I think most of us probably can appreciate is that life is frequently about compromises and making the best of [...]

Back in the Saddle… Part 4 Cross Country schooling the orange one.

By |2019-05-18T12:19:11+00:00October 31st, 2018|Categories: Life Rambles|Tags: , , , , , |

At the entrance to a cross country schooling facility I was giggling like an idiot.   I’m not sure why really as deep down I was somewhat terrified at the prospect. Bar 2 jumps out hunting when Tony wedged me in behind him and Hugo recently I’ve not left the ground for over 15 years.  I can’t [...]