Let’s be honest, horse riding is a fair weather sport. We tend to live for dry days and daylight, unless you’re one of the lucky ones who have the use of an indoor arena. As we slowly move from long evenings after work spent at the yard, into the dreaded darkness and chilly air, we find the love for our sport starts to wane. Once those clocks go back our joyful summer days are over and we are left in a world of darkness. Oh winter, how I loathe thee.
When you own a young horse all of the focus tends to be on them, making sure they’re getting the right training and making sure, as the rider, you don’t die. For a solid two years all of my riding time has been spent getting Coco to exactly where she is now. From a green youngster to a (slightly) more matured horse who can be expected to behave herself. So what happens now?
This months exercise incorporates oxers and raised canter poles into a figure of 8. While it sounds relatively simple, certain aspects present their own challenges for different horses.
So as you may have read, Darielle and Dante celebrated their 2 year anniversary last week but did you know that me and Coco did too? Yes, me and Darielle both bought our delightful youngsters within a day of each other so between the two of us, the last 2 years has seen as ridiculous amount of ups and downs! Read on to read about my journey with Coco...
When it comes to FreeJump Stirrups, it seems people either love them or hate them. Personally I love them so when I found myself suddenly looking for a new pair of stirrups, I decided to go for the new FreeJump Soft Up Classic's. Check out this honest review that might help you make up your own mind on them.
PS. includes the funny story on how I ended up needing new stirrups!
About a Month ago I brought Coco cross country schooling at Quarryland Cross Country in Meath. It was such a great schooling day, despite a small mishap towards the end.
Well its our final August Monthly exercise and I have to say, I’m kind of sad to see this month end. To finish off, we decided again to ask our followers what they wanted to see and once again jumping won out (I’m starting to see a trend here). So the exercise we went with is a fun one that can, as usual, be ridden just on the flat.