The Mama Equestrian

Support for mothers who also love horses

Guest blog from Reveal Equestrian

This month we have a second guest blog kindly written by Jenna from Reveal Equestrian and this time she is sharing her knowledge on dressage riding by providing an introduction to this sport. Jenna is based in California and runs an equestrian centre which teaches a variety of training and lessons.  They are dedicated to teaching students about the fundamentals of equestrian riding and horsemanship.

Introduction to The Sport of Dressage Riding

Many people notice the Olympic level dressage on the televisions. Dressage isn’t a stylish move with lots of impressive names. Further, you may notice the horses seem to have complicated maneuvers because they sit motionless over them. 

Horses will be trained by the trainers with the basic dressage to create balance and responsiveness. So, you will be given the set of required elements and perform a dressage test with music. 

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Guest Blogger Interview – No 5. The Horsey Mum Blog

Apologize as I have missed a month with being busy with home and work life but this month we are back with our regular guest interview post and this month we have with us the hilarious and brilliant Alice with her blog:

The Horsey Mum

1. How did you first get into blogging and what inspired you to start your blog?

I was bored while my partner was away Skiing, so to entertain myself I started writing about my poor equestrian fashion and lifestyle. I’m a very open, happy go lucky girl, and with in a day or two I have about 1000 followers! I think I make people feel normal!

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Guest Blogger Interviews – No 4. In Due Horse

This months guest blogger interview is from Louise Dando at In Due Horse. Louise is one of my all-time favourite bloggers and I have been reading her blogs way back before I got into blogging myself. Sorry, I’m a little late with this months posts, however, I am sure you will all agree that Louise’s interview was worth waiting for! So without any further talk from me, I will hand over to Louise so that you can all find out a little more about her and her brilliant blog:

In Due Horse

1. How did you first get into blogging and what inspired you to start your blog?

I started my blog In Due Horse in 2018. I had moved to France from the UK in 2017 and found I had far more free time than before as I was only working part-time. I started part loaning Mya, from a friend of a friend in May 2018 and I hadn’t ridden much at all for the previous few years. I used my blog as a way of getting back into horses. I started doing things like going on a beach ride, visiting studs and going places that I would never would have done if it wasn’t for my blog. It’s weird I needed the blog to do these things but it really got me back into horses and relighted my passion!

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Guest Blogger Interview – No 3 Life in the Countryside with Hannah & Joey

In our 3rd edition of horse blogger interview, we are joined by Hannah Greetham from Life in the countryside with Hannah and Joey. Hannah has been through a tough time and continues to be positive despite her ordeal. I am amazed that Hannah continues to ride and think she is an inspiration to others. Hannah also suffers with Fibromyalgia & Psoriasis.

Hannah is also a distributor Of AlvaHorse & Eliza T Equestrian Apparel so pop over if you are interested in some lovely new horse wear. Read on to find out more about Hannah and Joey.

Life in the countryside

Photo credit: Life in the countryside

1. How did you first get into blogging and what inspired you to start your blog?

I got into blogging in a very different way, I was involved in horrific RTC last year involving a horse I was sharing at the time. Being bed-bound and in and out of hospital over 8 months it made me think, why don’t I start a blog on my recovery process, while I had all the time in the world. I was hoping it would raise awareness and show the dangers of what could happen out hacking.

2. What was your most successful post? Why do you think it was appealing?

I didn’t think the blog would take off but when I had my operations on the 1st April 2019 and I posted a gory photo from my first operation, the page really seemed to take off, everyone was so interested. Also just recently I have just started riding again after a year recovering, everyone has been so supportive.

3. Tell me about your proudest horsey achievement?

Getting back on a horse again after being run over by a lorry 1 year ago.

4. How do you motivate yourself to keep the blog up and running? How much time do you spend blogging?

I love keeping my blog updated even now. Everyone always loves the horse-related content and even when I post updates about myself.

5. What do you find the most frustrating aspect of blogging?

The frustrating part of blogging is knowing whether or not people will be interested in what you are blogging about.

6. What advice would you give to fellow bloggers? Are there any strategies that you would recommend?

Definitely don’t put too many of your own opinions in blogs, sometimes it ends up in backlash. Not that has happened to me but having seen fellow blogger pages. Also always keep the blog’s related to what you set out to theme it on, people reading end up bored.

7. Do you have any plans/goals for the future?

The goals are to definitely keep growing my blog page, hopefully, keep raising awareness and inspiring people to not give up when something bad crops up in life

To read more about Life in the countryside with Hannah and Joey you can follow their story on Facebook and Instagram.  Hannah also runs a Facebook group which focuses on having a positive mindset.

To read more on passing horses safely on the road, see our post on bridleways here.

Equi-Theme Saddle pad & Fly Veil Review

Recently I was very lucky to have been gifted a beautiful Equi-Theme saddle pad & fly veil set to review. The items were very kindly sent to us from Matchy Horsey after they contacted me regarding one of their new items. In return, I agreed to write an honest review of the items and include them in one of my posts. So me and Fred have put them to the test. After all who can resist a bit of matchy-matchy!

Equi-theme pad & veil

Some of you may have seen on Instagram and Facebook a few weeks back that I gave a sneak preview of the products, as I waited to try them out. Well, the weather finally picked up and I got to use them for a couple of activities. Is anyone else like me a love a new item but also hate the idea of getting them dirty?

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Reveal Equestrian – Guest Blog Post

Today we have a guest post by Jenna from Reveal Equestrian based in California. Reveal Equestrian is dedicated to teaching students about the fundamentals of riding and horsemanship, from groundwork to competing at “A” show levels. Jenna has produced an article for us on their top tips for beginners starting to ride.

5 Horseback Riding Tips for Beginners

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Horseback riding can provide endless hours of recreational fun for you and your family, and allow you to spend time in nature and the company of animals. Especially if you are taking your firsts lessons or wishing to enjoy a horse riding holiday, some tips allow you to make the most out of your experience. Read on to discover what to expect from horseback riding in San Juan Capistrano.  Continue reading

Groundwork for Equestrian Mamas

This post is all about groundwork for equestrian mamas, a topic useful to all horse owners but one which may be beneficial to all equestrian mamas, new or old. Time with our horses isn’t all about riding. There are many other things we can do with them when we aren’t able to ride, whether that be due to illness, age, time, circumstances etc.

Groundwork consists of teaching your horse on the ground and if done well these skills should transfer to under saddle. It is important to take time to do this correctly and not to rush. I am going to work through with you some groundwork which has helped to improve my horse and the bond which we have created. 

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Guest Blogger Interviews – No 2. Horse Shoe Rd

Welcome to the second of our guest blogger interviews, this month we are joined by Jen from Horse Shoe Rd which is an Equestrian Lifestyle Blog. Jen welcomes you on her adventures as a DIY horse owner, show mother, groom, planner and organizer. Based in the United States, Jen shares their stories of travelling to horse shows and keeping horses at home.

See below to find out what Jen had to share with us…

Guest blogger

1. How did you first get into blogging and what inspired you to start your blog?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and gather inspiration and ideas from Pinterest for a TON of things, from crafts to favourite meals. I found that Pinterest didn’t always have ideas directed specifically to horse shows. When travelling to horse shows, our bunch loves finding great restaurants for a great meal. My initial inspiration was an ebook/travel guide on great dining experiences based on horse show related travels.

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Savvy’s Yard – Guest post

This week I am excited to share with you a post created by Tracey from the lovely Savvy’s Yard. Tracey is here to tell us about her own experiences of riding during pregnancy, along with sharing with us her new equine business and blog. Read one to find out more about Tracey her family and horses.

Savvy's Yard post

If anything is going tell you to stop riding while pregnant, falling off will do it!.

My name is Tracey and this is my story of running a new equine business, riding a horse and becoming a mother. Together with my husband Adam, we run our business Savvy’s Yard from our country cottage in Somerset, UK. Named after my horse Savvy, Savvy’s Yard is our online shop and social media blog. The tagline is “Inspired by horse and country living” which from our background of horses, farms, cottage renovation and living in the country it fits really well. Not only do we source our gorgeous collections we also make some of the items too. We are fortunate enough to have space at home, adjoining Savvy’s stable is our workshop where some of our items are made. The result is a fascinating collection of unique homeware and lifestyle accessories inspired by horse and country living. 

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A pandemic and riding – to be or not to be!

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Like me, you have probably seen lots of controversy over the whole ‘do we or don’t we ride’ during the current pandemic and a country in lockdown. I like many others have also had to consider this question in relation to the strain on the health service.

I can conclude though that yes I have continued to ride but should this had occurred a few years ago, then there’s no way I would have gotten on board my faithful steed. However, I can now confidently say that I do trust my horse! I understand that things can happen unexpectedly and horses can be unpredictable. Therefore, I have considered my actions and we have been sensible in our riding.

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