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. Since starting this blog I have collaborated with Equestrianco to write a review on a tweed gillet and also with Equinetic to promote their focus and recovery supplement.
I have also been selected as a brand associate for Boudica Equestrian! By using the code MAC10 you can receive 10% off of your order! Boudica Equestrian provide a selection of stylish, affordable and function clothing perfect for when you are out with your horse!
Me: I have ridden many horses for their owners, 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. So with that being said Eva and I were a perfect 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.
I have always wanted to compete in competitions especially eventing while I am, without a doubt, grateful of the opportunities I have had they have been few an far between so that I could never seriously compete as I simply do not have the experience. I am working hard in my own career to hopefully one day afford my own transport to these competitions but in the mean while I have moved to a yard that holds competitions so that we can progress in some form while we don’t have the means to get out and about.
My mare: In the summer of 2014 I bought my mare from a trekking centre were she was only there for a few months, before that I am not to sure but I know she was moved over from Ireland roughly a year before I bought her. Previous to that I have no idea about her past. 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, but we need 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)
How to Bond with your horse – A range of equestrian bloggers give either thoughts on creating a bond with their horse (August 2018)