Update on the latest events

2 08 2011

I admit it I have been bold…. naughty in fact! I have excuses from my dog trying to eat my laptop to writers block and to be honest none of them make sense… My dog is  a miniature Jack Russell so that one isn’t a great one. Writers block on the other hand is again not an excuse… I am not a writer nor do I claim to be. Anywho here is what I have been doing since my last post.

I brought a horse 17.1hh ex 2* eventer irish sport horse. He is 17 rather different from what I orginially looked for however the opportunity arose and he is an absolute gem so I am in love. He is now injuired from fooling about in the field however he is on a long road to recovery and hopefully I will be back riding him once his leg heals. I will post further on him if anyones interested in hearing more.

I have quit my job to start working as a working student and instructor in two different yards. Its stressful but I do love it and quitting the horse industry is personally much  harder for me. The foreign bred horse is now going quietly which is a relief and now is just green and needs a lot of schooling. We can actually let people ride him now apart from me without worrying about an insurance claim. Any questions shoot so much has happened that I don’t really know where to start. Also any ideas for posts gimme a shout 😉 On a closing note I could not get this song out of my head all day!

Ta Ta for now,


Superman and The Yatesister

14 02 2011

I had a great time Saturday. I only rode two of the stallions as I was late to the yard and the manager had to rush off so we just only did the two main boys!

Alfie was in great form today as a 4 year stallion he’s really growing into himself. I lunged him in a de gouge for about 15 minutes before sitting up because he was seriously fresh. I personally not a fan of training aids apart from the peossa but I go along with whatever my trainer prefers because at the end of the day its his horse. They apply pressure until the horse drops his head so you really got to introduce them slowly but Alfie is well use to it now. We has a nice easy schooling session just bringing it back to basics again just not pushing him into tantrums and not challenging the superman ego which he has developed this spring. I think he knows hes getting some girlfriends soon. We basically concentrated on walk, trot, canter circles getting him going nice and easy leaving him  nice and soft on him only asking for a bend, simple stuff. Then I increased and decreased the trot using only my seat which he copped straight away was willing enough to do and we moved onto the canter. He has only cantered a hand few of times but he as he was so fresh he messed a bit on one rein. I ignored it went with it and pretended like I was bored at this point of his antics. My trainer was delighted how easy I was about it because I would have doubted my ability with his ego a couple of months ago but I was just delighted to ride up. So all round good day!

With Yates I worked on my transitions and improve my seat aids. Yates is a dressage schoolmaster but a complete prankster who loves taking the p*ss outta of ya and showing your weaknesses and mine happens to be my controlling my seat through trot and canter. Yes I do realise that is a novicey thing to work on but it is one of my weak areas and I am a perfectionist, generally I ask for lunge lessons on him to develop my seat more but I love messing about and practicing as well.  Yates keeps me in check hes very sensitive and knows his transitions inside out so if I do it wrong hes make a point that I am not doing it right! And hes not going to help me out until I do it right. We mostly concentrated on my seat aids and transitions to get them more accurate.  In the end we got a serious walk canter transition so I was chuffed and he was quite sweaty after a good work out so it was smiles all round leaving the yard.

Lots of love

The magic leadrope!

10 02 2011

In the last post I asked you guys what your favourite piece of tack was. The one thing you guys couldn’t live without and I decided to tell you guys about mine!

This is not my invention first and foremost but its very simple to make. The kind of tool you get shown and you think “Why didn’t I think of that?” I was first  introduced to the magic leadrope by an 70 years old man who has been training and backing young horses since he was 12. It has honestly been a  pleasure watching him work with them. He still hunts to this day putting the fear of god into his sons and daughters. His methods are traditional however everything is soft and timing is what his methods are based on.

This man introduced me to this tool to and explained how it is safer, quicker and cheaper than “those useless nylon headcollars”.

To make this leadropes all you need is:

A clip (similar to one you would find on a leadrope)

A nylon rope a little bit longer than 12 foot (3.6 metres)

Ok firstly slip knot the clip onto one end of the rope and on the other knot a loop while still maintaining 12 foot. The reason we use 12 foot is that can double up as a lunge line as well as a head collar and lead rope if it is 12 foot.

But hey how the h*ll do you use it?! Its still just a bit of rope with a clip! Yes guys I went all out on this one!…. I made pictures!!! 😀

Firstly put the rope over the horses neck

At the non looped side of the rope make a curve and slot it the loop.
Slip this curve over the horse nose and tighten slightly until it looks like the above. I promise it is so so easy!

To undo pull down noseband part of  the rope off the nose and pull slightly and it will all undo in two seconds and your horse will be free!!

The magic leadrope  gives you more  flexibility when dealing with young horses. If something happens while leading a horse you have the extra length of the rope to get yourself out of the way while still holding the horse. You may be reading this and thinking my horse is impossible to catch and there you can leave this on in the field, this isn’t for me. A nylon head collar can become more of a danger than a convience. If a horse gets caught or fall off in a field they can do serious damage to your pretty pony. If you catch a horse with a head collar on it the field then you can catch a horse with no head collar and just this rope. It is unbelievable quick and there is no mess or fuss like a tangled headcollar and leadrope clumped together. Don’t take my word for give it a go and tell me how you get  on and your thoughts on whether I have converted you or not!

Ta Ta for now,


Lets go shopping!

8 02 2011

I decided to write a list of the bare minimum you need equipment wise for producing a horse. There is so much more I can add but this is the basics. Enjoy!

Bridle – In sale you can pick one up for €20 easily enough and really for training purposes thats all you need is a cheap one!

Saddle – I want to post further on this. There is a debate in Ireland whether to use a cheap saddle in fear of the youngster destroying an expensive one however do you risk a comfort factor to save money? So

Grooming box –  These include hoof pick, body brush,plastic and rubber curry comb, dandy brush, main comb, normal hairbrush hoof conditionor (big tub €25) and furniture varnish spray. Hoof pick is a must obviously. The combination of using a rubber curry comb in circular motions along with a body brush to flick out the dust and loose hair gives a brilliant shine and makes the hair so soft that it is worth it for the extra five minutes. Plastic curry comb and dandy brush are essential for those muddy days where the mud is caked to the skin. Leave it dry and they use the plastic comb in the direction of the hair to get rid of the large amounts of mud and then use the dandy brush to make your horse as good as new. Main comb is obviously used for pulling the main which a horses should get used to as soon as possible (another one of those chores I’m afraid). A €2 normal hairbrush can act as a tail brush and combine it with furniture varnish spray which is a cheaper alternative to spray in conditioner. Hoof conditioner applied daily to a clean sole and hoof wall will reduce your farrier bills and keep him happy also.

Tendon boots – Cheapest pair you can find will do the job as even the top showjumpers don’t use expensive boots at home and there is no real extreme different other than the price

My special Leadrope – A homemade headcollar, lunge line, leadrope combination with is quicker, safer and cheaper that your average headcollar leadrope combination.

Leather headcollar n leadrope – Essential for travelling. Nylon headcollar don’t snap in case of accident so definately an essential bit of kit when it comes to travelling.

Buckets – Found cheapest in you local pound/discount store.

Nummahs – Check sales where you can find them for as little as €10

Lunge whip – Ok this needed. I suppose you could borrow one but its handy to have around and its only 15 quid.

Roller – Not exactly sure how much these cost but kinda helpful when

Training aid – I love the peossa/ john whitaker training aid but thats just a preference. I also think a set of draw reins and side reins helps too but some people before not using anything which is cool too. You can get cheap versions but they are like saddles in my option so much damage is done with them without lack of knowledge so I would only buy training aids from brands I trust and have used a lot.

First aid kit – Safety first

I am too scared to add up the cost of everything! Haha the amount we spend on horses and the amount of stuff I have left from owning horses is crazy? What is THE most important piece of kit you love and adore?

Lots of Love

Introducing “The Young Horse Series”

7 02 2011

Hi guys,

First post woohoooo! Tad nervous but bare with the rambling 😉

Firstly if you didn’t check out “My Story” check it out her because it’s relates to this post.

I am going to start a series relating to buying and producing a young horse. Every horses (all of 2) I have produced and backed other peoples horses (first horse I backed was a 3 year old warmblood stallion… yay for me lol not!) I don’t think there is enough information out there about young horses and I think a lot of people either try to con you with products and training or else have no clue what they are doing. I am one of those semi knowledgeable people but am lucky enough to know a lot more knowledgeable people that have been training young horses for years and years that have no interest in conning me with money just like how I give a hand every now and then. This series will try and assist anyone with or thinking about getting a young horse and give a bit of guidance and honesty I got when I first entered the producing side of the industry. Happy reading!