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)
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!
Hiya! One time when I was little we learnt about the native pony breeds of Britain at Pony Club. The trainee instructors who were running the session asked us what native ponies we had heard of before. Most people gave the expected answers: Shetland, Connemara, Welsh Mountain Pony... Trying to come up with an answer … Continue reading Eriskay Ponies Aren’t Icelandic!!
Hello again! I said in part one that I've been keeping a riding journal for a year and have found it really helpful. This time I'm going to share some more extracts from my riding journal, and give some ideas about what you could write. jumped grid of 3 fences, difficult on left rein mainly because … Continue reading Keeping a Riding Journal! (Part 2)
Hiya! I started keeping a journal of my riding lessons just over a year ago. I've found it really helpful in keeping track of my rides, progress, and achievements, so I thought I would share what I've learnt with you!! I keep my riding journal in note form rather than full sentences because it's quicker … Continue reading Keeping a Riding Journal! (Part 1)
Hi! It's nearly the end of 2015 and the start of 2016, so I'll wish you an early happy New Year!! Come January, we all start thinking about turning our lives into the lives we want. The scattered, abandoned promises of last year are forgotten as we enthusiastically come up with our New Year's resolutions. … Continue reading Blue Skies and Horse Dreams!
Merry Christmas!!! One of the things I love most about Christmas is the magic and beauty of this time of year. I volunteer for a horse charity and the excitement of the children I've been helping makes it really feels like Christmas!! Before the children arrived for their riding lesson we (me and the other … Continue reading Christmas With Horses!!
Hi everyone! It's that time of year again! The nights are getting colder and darker, the daylight hours retreating. Soon it'll be winter! For us horsey people winter means frozen fingers, endless mud, and searching for that rug which always seems to disappear when it's needed. Catching or turning out a horse becomes a challenging … Continue reading Bareback Moonlit Hack!!