Exam stress: I miss my pony

I wanted to lie under a tree today and stare at the sky forever   I had my fourth exam this afternoon. It was a really tough, gritty exam which squeezed every last ounce of power from my brain. I tried my hardest and that is all I can do. Yesterday I sat and revised […]

Read More Exam stress: I miss my pony

REWARDING WORK

While I’m away from uni on what seems to be a never-ending summer holiday, I’ve been working at a local riding school, doing yard work like mucking out and making feeds, and getting ponies ready for lessons. I don’t teach or help out in lessons leading like I used to when I was just volunteering, […]

Read More REWARDING WORK

Weathering it.

“There is no such thing as bad weather, only inappropriate clothing.” — Sir Ranulph Fiennes The BBC forecast 25knot winds this afternoon and really they can’t have been far wrong. Wind howled across the hill, lifting silage wrap and flinging it into the air, spinning it around and draping it across trees. Rain came in […]

Read More Weathering it.

Enter Mr Whippy

I’ve done it. After months of subtle hints from Lorraine at schoolyourhorse.com (‘a tap with a whip would really help’) and not so subtle hints from Vicky (‘if you can’t keep the canter in your dressage I’m going to throw a schooling whip at you’) I’ve bought a schooling whip. And what a difference it […]

Read More Enter Mr Whippy