The Mama Equestrian

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My 10 favourite equestrian items.

Here I am going to share with you my ten favourite equestrian items. I have a real mixture of items, some are for riding and others those I just like when attending the yard.

No.1 – LeMieux saddle pad, I have numerous colours of these, my favourite is the close contact style as this sits nicely under the saddle. I also have a couple of dressage pads too. I love the vibrant colours of these pads and they wash up well too.

No.2 – Waterproof Chaps, I absolutely adore these items in winter, they are warm and keep me dry when riding and protect against the constant winter mud. I love how easy they are to put on, they have zips and velcro down each side with an adjustable waist and clip.

No.3 – Bobble hat, you can’t go wrong with a good woolly bobble hat, my favourite hat I got at your horse live by House of Tweed. I got a lovely purple one which came with two detachable bobbles which you can change depending on your mood. With all the wind I can get bad ears and a bobble hat protects me from ending up with ear pain when visiting the yard, they are also helpful for hiding bad hair days or when I just can’t be bothered to do my hair!

No.4 – Best friend comfort plus bareback pad, I absolutely adore this pad, it comes with a non-slip breathable girth and had D-rings which I connected a balance strap too (not used now). I found this pad extremely comfortable and has helped to improve my riding and was what I was using to originally go out alone. I would definitely say that bareback riding has improved my core muscles and balance. 

No.5 – Hi-Viz items, we have a great growing collection of items now, our most recent items added are tail streamers which I recently received as a present for my birthday. I think hi-viz is very important especially when riding on roads but we use it everywhere to alert people that there is a horse and rider around as this gives people a chance to put dogs on leads etc.

No.6 – Equilab, I have been using this riding app for a while now and love it, it has recently been updated and includes useful information about your rides, including strides, turns, etc. I love it as it allows me to track my miles for #hack1000miles. You are able to add friends too and can upgrade to a premium version, however, the free one has been sufficient for me but the paid version has a handy riding alert if you should fall. I find that it links well to google too and syncs with my smartwatch. Click the logo below to find out more and be able to download the app.

No.7 – Travel mug, apart from gin I do love a good cuppa and so a travel mug is ideal for the yard, especially on these cold and miserable days with the likes of storm Ciara and Dennis making it feels so much colder than it is! I have to have builders tea though with two sugars (obviously I’m not sweet enough), how do you take yours?

No.8 – Mane and tail spray, I recently brought the Naf silky as my current spray had run out and being an owner of a cob with lots of hair a good spray is necessary to maintain his luscious locks. This spray smells lovely and will be one I will be keeping in large supply and the price I found to be reasonable for a decent size bottle!

No.9 – Sheldon Jodphurs, these are my absolute favourite and most comfortable Jodphurs, in a cozi stretchy fabric, they are my go-to pairs and are often found at horse shows at a reasonable price so I will get a pair or two to up my collection.

 

No.10 – My final item is again a recent gift for my birthday, this time from my lovely horsey daughter, I don’t have a link for these but they can be found on Facebook to order. I was treated to a browband and matching paracord reins, in my favourite colours and who can resist a bit of matchy-matchy! 

 

I hope you have enjoyed reading about my favourite equestrian items, they may not be the most expensive items but I believe in living within my means. However, that does not mean that I cannot enjoy horses just as much as those who have deeper pockets, I think everyone who wants to should be able to enjoy these great animals. His welfare always comes first and he certainly goes without nothing. 

What are your favourite items for the yard? Please comment below and let me know.

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Equestrian Bloggers list for 2020.

Here is my 2020 list of Equestrian bloggers who I follow and enjoy reading, some I have followed for a while, whilst others are fairly new. I hope you enjoy reading through my list and possibly find some new and interesting bloggers to follow. If you follow someone who you think I would like to know about, then please leave me a comment below!

No 1. In due horse Written by Louise Dando, Louise lives in France and blogs about all types of equestrian life, from riding, to events, fashion and travel. She also has an In due horse bookclub group on Facebook and is one of 3 bloggers who co-host a podcast called Equestrian pulse.

No 2. Timid Rider is also a co-host of Equestrian Pulse podcast and the blog is written by the lovely Heather Wallace. Heather has written a few books: Confessions of a Timid Rider, Equestrian Handbook of Excuses and most recently Girl Forward. Heather is a returning adult rider and mother and blogs about confidence issues in the saddle.

No 3. The Sand Arena Ballerina is our 3rd blogger and another co-host of the Equestrian Pulse podcast. Andrea Parker loves horses and is a dressage rider working towards Grand Prix, she was a finalist in the 2019 Equestrian Blogger/Vlogger of the year award.

No 4. Coco – The Big Irish Grey This blogger has a Facebook page, where she shares her adventures of riding through a visual blog, with lots of photos. Written by Caroline a disabled rider, who says her horse is her wings to freedom!

No 5. Galloping Dinnerplates This next blogger I know on a more personal level and I have recently started to follow her adventures, as a para rider, who competes in endurance rides in the UK.

No 6. Diary of A Wimpy Eventer has many followers in her adventures, as an eventer struggling with confidence. Victoria has written a trilogy of books about her Wimpy adventures along with producing Brave clothing. Victoria has recently had a huge life event by having a baby and becoming a fellow mama equestrian!

No 7. Blog of a bargain cob This next blog is written through the eyes of Pepper a 20yr old cob, who refers to his owner as the human. Pepper is not always impressed with his humans ideas and tells us all about it in his amusing blog posts!

No 8. Life between grey ears This final blogger also writes about confidence and dressage. She owns 3 horses and 2 dogs and her newist addition is a 6yr old Irish draught who she hopes to do a bit of everything with whilst rebuilding her confidence.

So, there you have 8 of the Equestrian Blogs I follow, there are many more but I simply couldn’t include them all. I hope you find your next favourite blog to follow and remember to let me know about your favourite blogs to follow!

2019 reflections and looking forward to 2020

Anyone who knows me will know I don’t really like New Year, I just don’t get it! However, I couldn’t not reflect on the past year and how much progress me and Fred have made. Now don’t get me wrong it has not been without its ups and downs and the beginning of 2019 started out badly with a bit of a confidence knock after a hard fall in the school. We went back to groundwork and continued to hack as this was still fine, most of the time and only in company. If I tried to hack alone he would try to return to the yard which was frustrating and put me off trying.

Then in April we moved yards and everything fell into place, he settled well and once again was the horse I knew before moving to the previous yard, it is strange how they react at some places. We started to hack out alone and he has grown in confidence doing so and we are now also schooling alone, both of these things seemed impossible this time last year and it is amazing to see the difference. We have been doing bits of jumping also both out hacking and in the school, he loves to jump and will now go well once pointed at the jump, in fact, it is hard to get him away from it and wants to repeat it again and again!

First proper jump in a year

Schooling all by ourselves

Hacking alone

We have been doing lots of bareback work this summer (can definitely recommend the comfort plus bareback pad) and this has helped to improve my balance and core and I do now prefer it where possible. We even had a few canters bareback which was funny, to begin with as Fred really wasn’t sure about this new concept so would attempt a really fast trot, to begin with until he decided it was ok and that he could canter without a saddle. We have been increasing our hacking miles both alone and with others as I often ride with my daughter and her horse also. I am still working on my #Hack1000miles, we might finish it in 3 yrs time haha.

We also made it onto the equestrian bloggers list written by the talented Team Tunnah Eventing, this was a lovely surprise and spurred me on to keep blogging.

Looking forward to 2020 I have invested in a dressage saddle and plan to do more schooling as Fred is rising 6 this year, I would like to take him to some pleasure rides, as much as I like the idea of hunting I am not sure he is quite level headed enough for this yet! I would like to do some more jumping and try a small course rather than just the one and of course, we will continue to hack as this is our favourite thing to do. Most of all I hope that we are both happy and healthy and continue to love what we do as this is the most important thing. I am sure the year will start slow as so far we have been lucky with the weather but I am sure we have more winter to experience just yet. I am looking forward to the days drawing out now Christmas has gone as by the end of January it should still be light in the evenings for a little longer.

Here’s wishing everyone a happy 2020 and happy riding to all!

Number 7 in equestrian bloggers list!

Yesterday I was surprised to have been tagged in a post informing me that we have been included in a post written by the lovely Sophie Tunnah from Team Tunnah Eventing. The post entitled 9 Equestrian Blogs of 2019 listed nine different equestrian bloggers with a little write up about each of them and what they are about.

I was thrilled to see that I had made it onto the list and there we were at Number 7. I had no idea this was being planned and it really made my day.

Please do take a look at Sophie’s blog and the other great blogs on the list and show your support for the equestrian blogger by following their blogs. I love to sit down and catch up with the ups and downs of fellow equestrians and following their progress!

Let me know in the comments of any more blogs I should know about!

bty
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