The British Isles are made up of Great Britain, Ireland, and at least several thousand other islands - the total number is unknown and debated. These are home to a wealth of (very cute!) native pony breeds who teach children to ride, as well as many other horses. These range from Shires (the tallest horse … Continue reading British & Irish Horse Breeds
Over the summer I’ve been reading The Horse: A Biography of Our Noble Companion by Wendy Williams. If horses have a ‘biography’, then this book largely focuses on what would be the equivalent of their childhood years. The Horse explores their evolution and how they became the horses we know today; looking at wild horses, equine biology … Continue reading Book Review: The Horse
To truly understand a horse and be able to form a partnership that brings out the best in them, we need to know how their bodies work. Through learning about equine anatomy and physiology we will become better aware of how best to care for and ride them. Horses have 12 body systems which, while … Continue reading How a Horse Works
When I’m playing polo, most of the time I don’t actually sit in the saddle. We’re supposed to keep a light seat while attempting to hit the ball or hooking an opponent’s mallet, and even have to do a ‘rising canter’. I’ve found that polo has been beneficial in many ways for my general riding … Continue reading Riding From the Seat
Read part one here: The Language of Horsemanship (Part One) I've been learning to play polo for nearly two years now. Something I've found really interesting is both how different and yet similar it is to 'normal' riding. Although it's still riding and at the end of the day polo ponies are horses like any other, … Continue reading The Language of Horsemanship (Part Two)
A couple of weeks ago I read this article by Susanna Forrest: Two Horses, One Language (The New York Times) I found it very interesting and I've been pondering about it for a while. I'd never really thought of horsemanship as a language before, but it makes a lot of sense. We're familiar enough with … Continue reading The Language of Horsemanship (Part One)
Sometimes the world can be noisy and distracting. A cynical place, where it is all too easy to lose touch with our dreams and become convinced that for whatever reason it is not realistic to follow our passions. I know that I know the feeling. But what if we were given our passions for a … Continue reading A Tribute to the Horse
What makes a true horseman/ horsewoman? How can we ride like those who inspire us? Is it even possible or just a beautiful dream, reserved only for the elusive few to achieve? We love to hear about inspirational horse riders because they act as our aspirational selves - they're who we want to be. There … Continue reading What Makes a True Horsewoman?
Hello! If you've read my last blog post you'll know that the 100th horse I rode was a polo pony. I told you that I had a lot of exciting stories to tell you, and one of them is that I've started learning polo!!! So far I've only had a few lessons, but it's amazing how … Continue reading First Polo Lessons!
Hello! It's been a while since I last posted anything, but I've decided to start writing again. There's a lot going on in my life right now, so I should have some exciting stories to tell you, but I might be a bit irregular in how often I post articles. Think of them as a … Continue reading My One Hundredth Horse!