The Blog: Started in July 2017 as a way for me to share the progress of Eva and myself, so follow the adventures of the ginger horse and ginger human on our ups and downs on our way to enter the competition world.
Me: I have ridden many other peoples horses for them, had experience schooling horses at a low level and competing at low-level in most spheres; dressage, showjumping, eventing, showing (Highlands, Clydesdales and Hunters). I tend to like the “difficult” ones, or the ones that are a bit more opinionated. I feel that because of this I am very good at remaining clam and collected yet firm when things don’t necessarily go to plan. So with that being said Eva and I were a match and I bought my mare in my final year of university. I am now working full time and trying to develop my own career as well as my mares.
My mare: In the summer of 2014 I bought my mare from a trekking centre were she was only there for half a year, if that, before that I am not too sure but I know she moved over from Ireland, before that I have no idea. At first I moved her to a near by yard where only hacking was available, I tired to continue schooling but we both weren’t coping. I gave her the winter off and moved yards at the beginning of 2015. At this point she was far too heavy and the grass was too good for her so I hoped moving to a new yard I would be able to control her diet, unfortunately that wasn’t really the case as she was out 24/7 and I had to work her constantly just to keep her from gaining more weight.
From the start of 2015 until 2016 we really didn’t do much at all, we pottered about doing a little here and there but had no real focus until I could afford an instructor. With that instructor we were coming on leaps and bounds and started having focus, but we need to be able to go out and test what we were learning.
With a change in my life I decided I needed to move her and this brings us to the start of 2017. We moved to a yard with amazing facilities and that holds competitions on site making it absolutely perfect for us as I cannot afford my own transport – also she can be funny loading when she doesn’t know the lorry therefore hiring is difficult.
2017 was focused a lot on smoothing a lot of things out, such as bad habits I have gotten into and still need a lot of fixing.
This year I have set myself goals which I want to do my best to achieve. Lets see what happens!
Introducing The Scottish Rider – A series by Equipepper were she hosts interviews of new equestrian bloggers. (September 2017)
Blog review: The Scottish Rider – Completed by Passion for Horse, as part a group review challenge. (September 2017)