Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Quickfire Q&A with Samantha Hobden, founder of Hay-Net.co.uk


Many equestrian bloggers will already be familiar with Hay-Net.co.uk, but it's not only for bloggers. Anyone interested in finding out the latest news, top blog and product reviews can head over to the site for a daily round up of all that's going on in the equestrian blogging world.

I first started using Hay-Net.co.uk about 18 months ago, both as a way to share my blog post, but to also discover other equestrian bloggers from around the world with all sort of different interests in all things equestrian. Today, the site has branched out a little further into the countryside living, recently awarding Sophie in the Sticks as Country Style Blogger of the Year 2017.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Equine Physio & Rider Balance with Lee Clark

I'm a big believer in equine physio sessions. Some people aren't and ask why I have a session for Louie every 6 months when I don't do the same for me. My answer is simple - Louie can't tell me his aches and when he's a bit stiff or sore. We all know that muscle ache feel that we get when we've gone a harder session in the gym, or when we've used a muscle we don't usually...

So for me, equine physio is as important as the farrier and vets visits, and has long been a part of the routine of having a horse.


Louie last had his physio in December, so mid summer he was due, but without a correctly fitting saddle, I decided to wait to make my appointment. My physio is also trained to treat humans, and runs Rider Balance session, looking at the way a rider sits and rides their horses. It also considers the saddle fit on your horse too. I booked in for both.

Monday morning, Lee Clark arrived bright and early at the yard. I've used Lee for about 8 years now, and think his attitude to his work is second to none. Not only do I see on his Facebook page that he's somewhere in the world giving lectures or attending lectures to learn new techniques and research, but he is always very good at explaining the points he makes. He's very thorough and almost methodical in his approach to the horse and its treatment.

Equine Physio Assessment


We started with a basic assessment of Louie in the stable, standing on hard and a walk & trot up on the hard ground. Lee uses an app that records the trot ups and allows him to watch back in slow motion, as well as adding graphics, lines and such like to show the gradients and movement of your horse.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Blogger's Corner: Boost Your Traffic with Pinterest


What ever you read online about how to boost traffic to your blog, Pinterest has a high chance of being mentioned as a top source. I've give the social sharing site a good go, trying different tips & technique to try to see how I could drive more traffic from it. You'll notice that ALL of my posts in the last couple of months have Pinterest friendly images, I joined a couple of niche group boards as well as broader blogging boards...but nothing translated into traffic from Pinterest.

Then, Lindsey Rains, from Alta Mira Horsemanship, popped up in my equestrian blogger Facebook group saying how valuable Pinterest is for her traffic. I immediately wanted to pick her brain and steal all her knowledge to make all my efforts translate. But, instead and better than that, Lindsey agreed to a guest post for my Blogger's Corner series focused all on how she has made the illusive Pinterest traffic come to her!

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Turning our hooves to a bit of showing...


I've definitely never been inspired to have a showing career with any of the horses that I've had, and while I've had a super duper day out on Louie this morning, I'm still not inspired to do so... Sorry to all you showing fanatics out there!! 😬

I've given it a go twice before - once after about 6 months when I first got back into riding with a little loan black mare, and the other when I gave Thomas a bit of a break from eventing in the middle of summer. While I always have had all more horses super shiny when going out competing, I really have felt the pressure of not only a clean horse but also keeping myself clean and my tack clean.

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Back in the saddle to showjump

Just a quick update from us today (we need to be up bright & early tomorrow to have a go at showing!)...but today, we got back in the saddle to start some showjumping training. The last time we did, things didn't go totally to plans due to Louie's saddle having become somewhat too tight behind his shoulders.