BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS We have all seen the videos in which a rider falls while show-jumping, and the horse continues to jump the fences. Most of the video comments have a very positive outlook on such an event. Most people will agree it’s because the horse loves jumping and has been trained well. The more ignorant comments will suggest that the horse is attempting … Continue reading Why Do Horses Jump Rider-less?
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS #11 Buy a horse you already know Many riders go on to become horse owners after sharing or loaning a horse. However I am not talking about loaning with a view to buy here, as that is something very different. But a rider that has been financially contributing to the upkeep of someone else’s horse for some time, without the sole intention of … Continue reading Horse Buying Guide Part IV
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS #8 Try out the horse yourself When one particular family with limited horse knowledge asked for my help to try out a horse for their daughter, I was happy to oblige. On riding the animal in the arena I achieved three good paces before taking it for a hack through a wood. Even when jumping a fallen tree, the horse behaved … Continue reading Horse Buying Guide Part III
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS #5 Do not overlook the veteran horse Do not be deterred from buying a horse that is over 12, 15, 18 or even 20 years old. If the animal is fit there is no reason why such an age should matter. A 20 year old horse will hunt, show-jump, hack or even compete in dressage for example. Horse care has come … Continue reading Horse Buying Guide Part II
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS #1 Don’t be swayed by pretty names and good looks My first horse was a 14.2 hh strawberry roan mare called Princess. 8 year old girls in particular will immediately want to own a pony that is strawberry roan, and called Princess. The child’s parents may also assume such a beautiful pony with an angelic, virtuous name would be appropriate for … Continue reading Horse Buying Guide Part I
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS There appear to be various contraptions readily available to buy these days in which it seems evident that the designer of the product either had no love for horses, or was ignorant of their welfare. Moreover it appears the buyer of such contraptions willingly shares the same mindset of the manufacturer. There are a few things that cause me to grimace … Continue reading Grazing Muzzles Cause Misery
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS Hard hats must be worn when riding, poo must be picked up immediately, no smoking on the premises, dogs must be kept on leads, children under 12 years of age must have adult supervision. While there may be a few more, I won’t bore you with the rest. These are the do’s and don’ts we see written on the large sign as we … Continue reading The Yard Sign Plague
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS No one wakes up feeling motivated . People may wake up feeling an urgency or an excitement for what the day may hold. But motivation is not an instinct, it doesn’t spontaneously materialise if you eat well, drink plenty of water and sleep a solid 7 hours a night. In fact there are people (or have been) that survive eating junk … Continue reading Equitation Motivation
BY DEBORAH JANE NICHOLAS This was the subject of a conversation I had many years ago with a woman in her 30’s. She was very typical of a person that rode in their teens but gave up for all the usual reasons such as university, getting married, having a career and raising a family. Some of us do all that yet still keep horses, those … Continue reading Is Riding Dangerous?