The past week or two it feels like Eva has actually begun to grow up a bit, I say this because two things happened out of the usual mare behaviours that she normally has. Firstly, we started clipping Eva just before the "beast" hit and Eva ended up being snowed in for a few days. … Continue reading Acting her Age
I see myself as much more of a show jumper or even an eventer despite the fact that I haven't done a cross country course since 2012. I never really thought of myself as a dressage rider, I was in fact told off by a dressage instructor once for "riding like an eventer". However one … Continue reading Dressage || Improving Our Score
Our highest course to date and what we have planned for March... if this snow clears!
Our dressage on Sunday went really well I am so pleased with Eva! This is our third dressage together and I signed us up for two Prelim tests (14 and 17A). I was up early in the morning to put Eva out in the field and muck out then I went back home for a … Continue reading February Dressage
Responding to the leg is not a priority for Eva. While I do use a stick she wont respond to a tap tap she will only respond when I put in a harder "move it" request. Therefore I decided to try spurs, the idea being I could stop bruising her sides by nagging and when … Continue reading Sparingly Using Spurs
At the start of February the BEVA (British Equine Veterinary Association) launched "Don't Break Your Vet" week. This was primarily in relation to a study which highlighted the occupational risks that vets have working with horses and showed that a "significant proportion of equine vets will, at some point in their career, end up unconscious … Continue reading BEVA – Don’t Break Your Vet!
It's a good feeling when you arrive to the yard and notice it is no longer pitch black every time you get there! Its a sure sign that spring is slowly on its way. Although, in saying that, Eva did get kept in for the day because of the snow and ice at the beginning … Continue reading February // Lighter Evenings
The Event Rider Masters (ERM) is a series of 3* events which began in 2016. It's relatively new and pretty exciting for the sport of eventing therefore I thought I would put together a quick simple guide about the series. Last week the ERM announced the location of each leg of the series. It is … Continue reading Event Rider Masters // What is it ?
Arena Eventing - Competitors first complete a round of show jumps immediately followed by a cross country course, finishing over a joker fence set at 10cms higher than the rest of the course. As I do eventually want to compete in eventing as soon as I saw that this event was being held at the … Continue reading Our First Arena Event //
Pictures of our hacking last year.