Monday, 17 September 2018

Brand Ambassador for Boudica Equestrian

I’m super proud to announce that we have recently confirmed a collaboration with Boudica Equestrian, becoming their latest Brand Ambassador alongside Wiola Grabowska (Aspire Equestrian).

‘I am very excited to be working with Boudica Equestrian, working to raise the profile of their brand and the ranges that they stock as well as collaborating with their existing Ambassador. I am thrilled that Laura and Wiola recognised the authenticity to our blog through adapting to reach our goal and ambitions. Boudica Equestrian’s fantastic range of products will enable me to discover new lines of clothing for everyday yard wear as well as at competitions, and all without breaking the bank. Plus, it gives me a chance to have a wardrobe as good as Louie’s for a change!’

Boudica Equestrian launched earlier in 2018 by founder, Laura Williams. With her passion for fashion & love of equestrian, Laura launched her own online clothing store to bring stylish equestrian & leisure wear while being affordable too. As a Mum on the go herself, Laura aims to bring clothing ranges that are perfect for around the yard or on the school run or supermarket sweep.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Dressage Competition Report - 15.09.2018

We headed to West Park Arena to enjoy a couple of dressage tests, our first party since the Area Festivals mid-August, and although we had a dressage training session recently, we've not spent a lot of the time flat schooling since then.

It was a great day on paper - 3rd in our prelim with 64.42% & 4th in our novice with 65.89% - & since the last time we were there (January 2018), I can see Louie has really come on, developed and grown in confidence. However, I came away feeling a bit flat...

So here's how the day went.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Blogger’s Corner: Get defensive about your creativity

Across all the blogger groups that I am in, whether horse related or not, I see multiple comments about how to tackle people using your images and self-created memes.

It’s pretty annoying...& not just because they used your content; I presume we are all secretly wishing our content went viral. But it is damn right rude when your logo or URL is cropped out. You popped it in a nice place so as not to overlay the focus of the image...and alikazam, it’s gone!

Saturday, 1 September 2018

August Round Up

Since we were given the all clear by the vets to start to bring Louie back into work following his injury, we've been busy bees getting back into the swing of things. This morning, as I took Louie's rug off in the field, I stood back and took a look at him - he's looking in good shape. The muscle tone is starting to return in all the right places and his coat is back to see its usual shine. Looking at him just made me smile 😁

So what have we been up to over the last month... flatwork training, long hacks, competitions and finally returning to jump!

Monday, 20 August 2018

PetPlan Equine Area Festival at Northallerton

After being incredibly disappointed that we missed our opportunity to compete in the PetPlan Area Festivals at Alnwick Ford Equestrian during June due to Louie’s fractured humerus, I had decided to enter the Prelim Silver at Northallerton instead. I knew Louie would only be back in work a couple of weeks, he wouldn’t be fit, wouldn’t have had any competition practice, but I wanted to go to give him the experience of going in a bigger arena, with more atmosphere and more going on.


We were fortunate that our monthly flatwork training session with Cathy fell on the Monday leading up to the competition, where, due to the rain, we made good use of the indoor arena mirrors to encourage a higher frame from Louie, as well as working on some shoulder in to straighten the canter. His shoulders were starting to hug the wall or outside track making it appear as if he was bringing his quarters in.

Sunday, 1 July 2018

June Round Up

In one moment I think for the first time ever it’s felt like a long break in between writing my monthly round up... But in another Louie’s rehab seems to be passing much quicker than I anticipated. When the vets said 6-8 weeks before any sort of work can be re-introduced, it seemed a lifetime ago, yet here we are, having just passed the SIX WEEK marker!

I was a bit glum at the start of June, coming to actually realising that we weren’t going to make the Area Festivals that we’d qualified for, as well as having to pull out of a series of other BD and local competitions that we’d put on the calendar...

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Making Fyna-Lite Work of Mucking Out

A job that all non-livery horse owners have to do every day, & for some of us multiple times.. I'm fairly confident that it would be one that we would all eradicate if we could... Mucking out. So an investment in tools, equipment and techniques that make easy work of keeping our horses beds neat & tidy, as well as help us speed up to spend more time pampering our neddies, is a much welcomed thing!

Preference is everything. We all have that favourite yard brush to sweep away every spec of dust possible, or turn into mean machines with a short 'D' handled fork, flying through our straw or shavings beds in no time at all.

Louie is a wet & messy horse in the stable, so a thorough muck out is essential every day, and when he is stabled more, this can often be twice a day. So it was a welcomed message that I received via my blog's online form from Equestrianco, reaching out to find out if I was interested in working with them to support their Fyna-lite forks & gathering reviews on the products.

Saturday, 23 June 2018

Buying Horse Supplements Online

Most of us animal lovers will have come across VioVet, mostly for our house pets rather than horses, but recently I discovered that VioVet now stock equestrian products, & that it's quite an expansive range too!

As someone who has always headed to the local tack shop or feed merchants for Louie's feeds and supplements, ordering online was a bit new and I had a few reservations about delivery. I'm very used to buying horse rugs, grooming products and equestrian clothing online, but never feed product. Needing a bit of a top up, I gave it a go...

Thursday, 14 June 2018

"Sometimes the eyes tell more of the story
than the tongue"

Monday, 4 June 2018

Access All Areas: Belsay Horse Trials

Friday lunchtime at work I took on the mission of clearing out my email inbox... A task I'd been putting off for a LONG time. I came across an email from British Eventing that was a couple of weeks old advertising an Access All Areas course running at Belsay horse trials. My plan had been to be out competing British Dressage that day, but with Louie's injury I warmly welcomed the opportunity to take my mind of what I could have been doing & to learn about what actually goes on behind the scenes at an event.

I clicked the link to the British Eventing website to find out more. The course was being run by the Regional Development Officer, Ruth Mousdale, and was free of charge, aimed at riders, non-riders, volunteers and anyone wanting to find out more about the sport. I've often thought about fence judging as I know a couple of people who do it and seem to really enjoy it. While I worry about missing a competitor's number as they fly past or need to oversee a particularly tricky fence and figure out if a combination cross their tracks when all doesn't go smoothly, I really would like to give something back to the sport. After all these events simply would not run if it was not for the volume of volunteers that give their time, effort and enthusiasm.

Thursday, 31 May 2018

May Round Up

Happy times, sad times, high on emotion, but finishing the month positively! It’s literally been a month of two completely different halves 🙈

After what had felt like a very long, cold and wet final winters flurry, we made the most of the warmer evenings and drier weather. Evening hacks across the fields were a given, and we even enjoyed some time schooling outside of the arena, using the cross country warm up field as our quiet space. I find it much more relaxing and refreshing being able to school while out hacking, rather than prancing around the arena. Louie seems to enjoy it much more too! 💙

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Pausing our pony parties...

Pony parties are on pause for usat the moment 😔

Thursday afternoon I got the call that every horse owner dreads... “Louie’s come in from the field and I think you need a vet”

Panic sets in, and I tried as many ways as I could to get as much information so I could to give the vets as much detail as possible when calling. The basic information was that he has what looked like a puncture wound to his chest and that he was on 3 legs in the fields but once walking, seemed to move much better. I got a rough estimation of the size of the wound, but without a closer look, I didn't know how deep it was.

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Showjumping in the Sun

Yesterday, we headed to a local Northumbrian venue for some very low key, friendly showjumping classes. Louie's done heaps of dressage but I can count on one hand the number of times he has stepped into a showjumping class. So this post is a bit of a detailed one about our day out in the sun enjoying some jumping, as well as what's holding me back.

First, let's take a look at our rounds.

Thursday, 3 May 2018

British Dressage Area Festival Qualification

On Tuesday 24th April, we received a FANTASTIC motivating email - confirmation that we have qualified for the Petplan Equine Area Festivals!

With our first three EVER British Dressage results, we had managed to gain qualification, and to have it on-screen in front of me, felt even better!!

In this post, I'm going to share our tests that have driven that qualification... & in fact, we've now gone on to add further qualification to this in every single test we have done at BD, including our first ever Novice test recently.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

April Round Up

Following our move in March & feeling settled at our new yard, I’d decided April was the time to get back out & about.

Saturday, 28 April 2018


It's been a LONG time since we were last out & about at a competition - the start of January! Time has flown and it doesn't feel like we've missed out at all, but I was excited to be heading out mid April... & what better day to go to a dressage party than Louie's birthday!!

Sunday, 1 April 2018

March Round Up

So it was all change in March! WE MOVED YARDS!

The yard that I have been stabled at for the last four years was great - excellent facilities with an indoor & outdoor arena, reasonable all year turn out, and some long hacking available. But, as with any yard, it had some downside that I decided were becoming too much - mostly that there were no consistent livery services. With a fairly sizeable promotion in October, I'd decided that I wanted a little more help to stop going twice a day and to be able to rely on livery when I'm away with work or had a busy week or two.

Sunday, 18 March 2018

Horse Mats Plus: A Review

In case you've missed our recent big news - we've moved yards. Our new stable, while HUGE, was concrete based & I'd not thought much about it except that Louie would need a bigger and deeper bed to make it comfortable and supportive for him. However, after a quick bit of research with Andrew, I started to see that adding rubber matting to the floor of the stable had many benefits.

And that's where we discovered Horse Mats Plus!

Thursday, 1 March 2018

February Round Up

For once, we’ve had a quiet month. But that hasn’t meant we’ve been able to sit back and relax!

Following a great showjumping lesson at the end of January, working on what we do after the fence, we started putting this into practice right away at home.

Using just two fences on the diagonals creates a quick and simple to set up exercise to help you work on ride away from the fence in balance and in an organised way to make the most of your corners, setting you up in the best way possible for your next fence!

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

"Always keep your face towards the sunshine & the shadows
will fall behind you"

Wednesday, 31 January 2018

January Round Up

Every month, I always seem to say how much we've been up to... And the starting month to 2018 has been no different!! So busy, I've not even been able to keep up with my blog...

Our first dressage of 2018

January started off with an extra week off work for me, but catching up on some much needed rest, meant there wasn't a lot of time for playing ponies unfortunately... However, we'd entered a BD competition to kick the year off, so spending a week being fairly anxious as to whether the snow & ice would put a stop to it.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

6 Picks...of 2017 Posts

Well, here we sit at the end of 2017... & what a year it has been! Our 2017 annual round up post certainly showcased that, but it's not only in yard life that we've been especially busy with the blog...

To put that into context, 2015 & 2016's total blog posts only come to a third of that total...!

Over the course of 2017, I've had some really fun projects to work on including managing to get a quick fire Q&A with Swedish Olympic eventer Ludwig Svennerstal, collaboration with Totally Horse & Pony magazine, the launch of Blogger's Corner and covering increasingly more events that we attend as spectators.

But as my mind turns towards 2018 and what I'd like to do with my blog over the next 12 months, I've ben reviewing our top posts of the last year to see what it is that you all enjoy!

Here's my 6 picks of my 2017 blog posts...