Thursday, 18 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 18: Horse Themed Pumpkin Carving πŸŽƒ

Being that I struggle carving a basic smile out of the side of a pumpkin, I'm not about to share a collection of amazingly carved pumpkins, all in a horse theme, ready to be admired. In fact, I'd say I even struggle to carve and scoop out the centre of a pumpkin... So now I've established I definitely don't have the required skills for basic pumpkins carving, how will I tackle today's Blogtober topic?

Simple. I'm going to bring you the best horse themed pumpkin carving from across the web, OK, well mostly from Pinterest!! So here's my 6 picks!

Wednesday, 17 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 17: My Favourite Equestrian Bloggers

There are a few equestrian bloggers that I thoroughly enjoy following and reading their latest posts. Usually it is blogger with a very personable tone and style to their posts, as well as being relatable and telling their own unique story.

Five of my faves

Tuesday, 16 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 16: Tip Tuesday

Tuesday's certainly come around fast when you've to create a tip for them each week! πŸ™ˆ

So, for today's tip I'm going to go down the route that will inevitably mean that I'll be putting it into practice... πŸ™„

Get your equestrian first aid kit stocked up for hoof abscesses

Hopefully, they are few and far between, but right now is prime time for hoof abscesses to show their very ugly and unwelcome face. As the ground conditions, go from hard and dry to soft & moist, our horses hooves become more absorbent and physically softer for things like sharp stones to make a puncture in the soles.

Monday, 15 October 2018

PetPlan Area Festival Final at Morris Equestrian Centre

WOW!! What a weekend...! πŸ‘Œ

After qualifying for the Finals at Northallerton in August, I'd been looking forward to this weekend for what felt like AGES!! Not only an exciting competition, but a night away with Louie being stabled and Andrew & I checking into a rather nice local hotel...

So, here's a round up of our weekend. Sit back & enjoy - it's a long one! ☕️

#Blogtober Day 15: A photo diary of your week last week


 Monday we headed to The Pegasus Centre for our monthly training session with Cathy Burrell. We worked on putting elasticity into my arms to give a better overall elastic contact to help the inconsistency we feel with dipping behind the contact & pulling it forward.

Sunday, 14 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 14: What did I do today?

So, I’ve cheated a little bit with this post… From the title, I should be writing it at the end of the day to let you all know what I’ve been up to. Well, I’ve been to Morris Equestrian in Kilmarnock for our Area Festival Final so this is a pre-written post, but I’m sure we’ll do a full competition report as soon as we are back!

Saturday, 13 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 13: What is my ideal autumn or winter horsey day?

One of my favourite topics of Blogtober & one of the easiest for me to write as it is simply getting up early on a cold, clear, crisp morning and heading out on a ride as the sun is just rising πŸ’ž

Friday, 12 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 12: Autumn & Winter Routines

Does your routine change much as the seaosn do? As autumn moves into winter, many of us will begin to make changes to our horse's routine - some smaller and some bigger. Whether it is simply a change to their turnout, or a different working regime, we all make changes.

So what's my autumn & winter turnout routines?

Thursday, 11 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 11: Your Horse's Autumn Wardrobe

It won't come as any great surprise that today's Blogtober post is going to contain multiple references to Premier Equine & demostrate even more that Louie is definitely better dressed that I am!

So, if we look at his autumn collection, what's included?

Wednesday, 10 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 10: Autumn Wardrobe Staples

Well, today's a short one, I have two things - one horsey, one not!

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 9: Tip Tuesday

Every Tuesday during Blogtober is a tip. Our second one in the challenge is getting your stable ready for longer time spent in it!

Invest in stable mats

Monday, 8 October 2018

Dressage Competition Report - 07.10.2018

On the first cold morning that we've really had this autumn, we set off to Todburn Equestrian Center to enjoy a couple of prelim British Dressage tests. I decided last week that with just 8 weeks left of the winter qualification period, I'd aim to gather enough points at this level to qualify for Regionals.

What's needed to qualify? I now need to gather 20 points at this level and only points scored in tests with 66% or above will count towards these 20. So, that's my aim with 6 already in the bag from a test in July. After that, regardless of qualification, we're going to go back to pushing on at Novice level.

#Blogtober Day 8: Autumn & Winter Feeds

I've always been a believer in simple feeding and that if you find a combination of products that work, stick to it. The feed that I give to Louie doesn't change all year round, only increase in the winter or decrease in the summer.

Sunday, 7 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 7: Top 10 Things I Love About Autumn

Here's my top 10 things that I really love about Autumn!

  1. Cold, crisp and clear mornings & that feeling it gives in the air

Saturday, 6 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 6: Handling the Seasonal Change

Moving from summer to autumn and then into winter used to really bother me, but over the last couple of years it hasn't really bothered me. So what do I put that down to? Well that's exactly what today's #Blogtober is all about... my top tips for moving into the autumn season.

  1. Get organised & be prepared
    Just like my tip Tuesday post for day 2, make sure you make those harder months a bit easier on yourself - have everything sorted out and to hand & eliminate the stress of what you're not ready for.

Friday, 5 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 5: Autumn Essentials for Your Horse

Yesterday's Blogtober post was all about layering up the jockey with my essential being baselayers. Today's is the horse version - rug liners.

I find it SO frustrating in the UK with our varying temperatures - every day can be massively different. So a few years ago, I took the plunge and invested in a full stable and turnout wardrobe for Louie with Premier Equine's rug liners.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 4: Autumn Essentials for You

If you're like me, you'll have enjoyed the last 5 months in short sleeves, perhaps only adding a soft shell gilet when it's a bit cooler. However, as the season begins to change, my essential item to have in your wardrobe is BASELAYERS!

I'm all about the layering πŸ‘Œ

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 3: A Day in the Life of...

I often end up apologising for my lack of activity on my blog and it's usually a good way to tell how busy all the other parts to my life are. So in true nature of today's topic, here's the average day in the life of me!

6am: Alarm goes off πŸ˜΄
If I'm good, there will be no snoozing either! I put my phone on the far side of the bathroom door so it's more effort to go back to bed than into the shower. In between checking my social media, blow drying my hair and trying to not look like Frankenstein by putting some make up on, I aim to be dressed and read to leave around 6.50am. However, 9/10 it's 7am or later...

Tuesday, 2 October 2018

#Blogtober Day 2: Tip Tuesday

It's day two of Blogtober & today's topic is providing an Autumn related tip. For me, taking time out during Autumn, it is a great use of time to get prepared for those winter months that are just around the corner. Make life easy for you and get everything ready from your tack room to your horsebox, to your clothing to everything that your horse needs.

Monday, 1 October 2018

#BLOGTOBER Day 1: An Introduction to Blogtober

As summer closes, and the evenings darken & temperatures begin to fall, equestrians all over start to capture the beauty of autumn, particularly October, with the tones in the countryside around us changing to oranges, yellows and browns. Blogtober enables us all to celebrate this gorgeous seasonal change...

What is #Blogtober?

In a nutshell, it is a bloggers challenge to embrace the season change during October, both for equestrian bloggers and non-horse bloggers worldwide. Everyday throughout the month, I will be posting a blog, and showcasing it on social media, so make sure you check back, or are following us on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter to keep up to date on all the topics πŸ—“

Here's all the posts we've included in Blogtober!

Equestrian Blogtober 2018 - Are You Following?

Equestrian Bloggers worldwide take up the challenge of Blogtober! 

Blogtober is a challenge to bloggers of all shapes, sizes and niches worldwide to create content every day throughout October. It's a tough challenge for those of us who blog as a hobby - creatively thinking and bringing to life a post every single day. Many equestrian bloggers have joined into this concept in 2018, varying from publishing a blog post every day to snippets of content posted only on social media. All of the content can be brought together through the #EquestrianBlogtober hashtag, as well as those of us choosing to publishing a blog post also joining the blogtober blog hop below!

If you want to follow along with my Blogtober posts, make sure you're following my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram stories for the latest posts. Alternatively, each day, I'll add the latest one to the list below!

I'm really looking forward to the challenge of Blogtober and bringing an equestrian spin to it, so I really hope you do too. Some topics are a little new to my style of content, so hopefully I can step up to the challenge of bringing those to life too!

Equestrian Blogtober posts by Team Tunnah

1️⃣ #Blogtober Day 1: An Introduction to Blogtober
2️⃣ #Blogtober Day 2: Tip Tuesday
3️⃣ #Blogtober Day 3: A Day in the Life of...
4️⃣ #Blogtober Day 4: Autumn Essentials for You
5️⃣ #Blogtober Day 5: Autumn Essential for Your Horse
6️⃣ #Blogtober Day 6: Handling the Seasonal Change
7️⃣ #Blogtober Day 7: Top 10 Things I Love About Autumn
8️⃣ #Blogtober Day 8: Autumn & Winter Feeds
9️⃣ #Blogtober Day 9: Tip Tuesday
1️⃣0️⃣ #Blogtober Day 10: Autumn Wardrobe Staples
1️⃣1️⃣ #Blogtober Day 11: Your Horse's Autumn Wardrobe
1️⃣2️⃣ #Blogtober Day 12: Autumn & Winter Routines
1️⃣3️⃣ #Blogtober Day 13: What is my ideal horsey autumn or winter day?
1️⃣4️⃣ #Blogtober Day 14: What did I do today?
1️⃣5️⃣ #Blogtober Day 15: A photo diary of your week last week
1️⃣6️⃣ #Blogtober Day 16: Tip Tuesday
1️⃣7️⃣ #Blogtober Day 17: My Favourite Equestrian Bloggers
1️⃣8️⃣ #Blogtober Day 18: Horse Themed Pumpkin Carving

Follow the #Blogtober Blog Hop

Sunday, 30 September 2018

September Round Up

Well, this is how Louie started September... πŸ™ˆ

Over September we've been up to everything we possibly could. We've been out & about exploring the countryside - on our own, with Andrew cycling along, and with old friends who came to visit. We've had flatwork training sessions, dressage competitions and showjumping training sessions, as well as increasing our showjumping homework, both at home and hiring venues local to us.

Saturday, 22 September 2018

An ode to a non-riding hubby...

I actually nearly titled this post ‘ a non-horsey husband’ but I think that wouldn’t really have reflected Andrew and just how much a part of our team he is!

If you know us, you’ll know how much Andrew is involved with my horsing around, from training & competing to mucking out & making sure we’re topped up on feed, he throws himself into it all!

Maybe I should promote him to Team Manager...?

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Winter grazing & electric fencing

When most of us think of electric fencing, we thinking about controlling our grazing during the summer months. Whether it’s to create a small area of our fields that can be grazed right down for our weight prone four-legged friends, or strip grazing to reduce the calorie & sugar intake for those with nutritional conditions, we always seem to think of electric fencing…

But what about the winter months? There’s plenty of uses for electric fencing in the wetter and cooler months of the years.

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 πŸ˜

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 πŸ™ˆ

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! πŸ’™

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Pausing our pony parties...

Pony parties are on pause for usat the moment πŸ˜”

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...