Dealing with a Spooky Horse

Horses spook for any number of reasons – a dog jumped out at them, a bird rustled in the bush, a rock looked a bit funny, the grass was a different shade of green…you get the picture. The hardest part about a spooking horse is finding out what the actual cause is.

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Pain or Behaviourial – What’s Wrong with Coco?

Horses can be such complicated creatures at the best of times. This can make it incredibly difficult to tell if your horse is in pain or just being a pain so making the right decision isn’t always easy…

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Taking it Back a Few Steps…

After our disastrous attempt at schooling in Coilóg I wasn’t too sure what my next steps would be but I am determined to find out what caused her sudden personality change…

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One Step Forward, 10 Steps Back ~ Coco at Coilóg

Spooking. Napping. Bucking. Refusing. You name it, Coco did it! Our first trip to Coilóg definitely didn’t go as planned…

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Working on That Bad Rein

Recently I have started to notice a massive difference in Dante’s left & right rein. One rein was noticeably much stronger than the other. His right rein being his bad rein, he really struggled to do certain exercises, and tended to start running off on that rein…..

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Sustaining Our Confidence – Jumping

Both Orla & I have run into problems jumping both Dante & Coco in the past. We’re definitely making progress but we never stop learning when it comes to these two horses. And we can definitely say without a doubt that our confidence has been tested on a number of occasions when it came to putting these horses over a jump!

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Sustaining My Confidence ~ Coco Edition

In the last year that I’ve had Coco, I’ve really found my confidence to be tested. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve had plenty of experience riding young, green or difficult horses but that was long before my 2 year break from horse riding while I was in college. I knew once I got back into the swing of things I’d find my confidence again but when I started working with Coco, it definitely got knocked from time to time.

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Sustaining My Confidence – Dante Edition

Let your horse know they are doing good, talk to them, pat them on the neck, most importantly don’t over do them. I will admit I have done this and it is a pain trying to reverse!

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Dante’s Cross Jump Disaster

Excuse my french but holy F*#k, the next 15 minutes where the longest 15 minutes of my life, they were horrendous!!! The first 3 fences seem like such a blur now, but they were the only 3 fences

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Dante’s Diaries – Cross Country

I have this irrational fear of going fast downhill, Dante was quick enough to reassure me I had nothing to worry about, he popped over the tyres and over the hill with no hesitations

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