Friday, 25 December 2015

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Festive Fun For All

The livery yard had decided that we should have a ride out together at Christmas... & what started as something quite small, ended up being something much bigger!!

Almost all liveries set a date and time to enjoy a ride out (with some tinsel of course!), but why just ride out?!

We decided to ride to the local pub - St Mary's Inn - for a festive tipple. But when I spoke to the manager to make sure he was happy with horses stood outside, he offered to supply us with mulled wine & a mince pie each (so long as we picked up our muck!)

Seemed a fair deal!

Our group rapidly expanded to almost 20 horses & riders, with some on foot also meeting us at the pub.

Most of us managed to stand still to get in the photo in front of St Mary's Inn

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Ariat Customer Service

Gutted! My Ariat Bromont H2O tall boots were no longer wearable...

After spending a lot of hours researching tall riding boots, from fit to leather quality, to rideability and longevity, I came to the decision that the Ariat Bromont H2O boots were for me!

I've had some really good wear of my boots, from taking me back to my first competition in nine years, to my first BE90 at Richmond, and through to moving up to BE100.

Now... I'm quite obsessive when it comes to shiny & clean boots, making sure that they were polished up the night before any competition or lesson, as well as straight after. I even only ever put my boots on as the last thing before my foot went in the stirrup, and came off as soon as the horse's tack was off! Andrew was even requested to baby wipe them while standing still in a warm up, just before going in (even cross country!!)

Thursday, 3 December 2015

E-Dressage First Timer!

I'd come across the concept of E-Dressage a few years ago, but had never really given it a go. I also have transport, so have always taken Louie to dressage competitions. However, balancing a full time job and working around the recent bad weather in the winter, I decided to give it a go.

The concept is fantastic! Not only is it fully available for anyone, but it means you have something to aim for each month, even if the weather gets bad (or work!!). All you need is a 20x40m flat area to ride in and a way to film your test!

Luckily, I didn't need to worry about finding a space to do the test in - we have a lovely indoor arena that is the exact size, complete with letters. However, walking out an area of this size in a bigger arena or in a field is also acceptable.

Filming is simple. Get a friend to film you at 'C', directly in line with 'A', or on a fence post if you're auto filming. The criteria is that the horse must be in full view & in the centre of the screen.

In my typical style, I left mine until the final few days to film it!! Needing to be out of the arena by 5pm, I just had enough time for a walk & trot on each rein before Andrew filmed our test. Overall, it was a bit inconsistent and tense because it was all a bit rushed. But overall, it was a good test & we tried to be as accurate as possible.

Here's the test.