Heels to Horses

A journey from the corporate industry into the world of saddlery

Tag: Thoroughbred

Where did April go?

It’s been approximately a month since I last posted anything on here and the one thing I can’t get my head around is that we are just 3 days away from May, how did that happen?
I have some news I’d like to share with you all being as it’s been so long since I last wrote…

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Week 10 of Olly’s Update

On Sunday we had snow again…bloody weather!
The rug’s are doing their job though and keeping the boys nice and warm and dry…however, on Wednesday the rugs came off and stayed off.

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Olly lying down

Week 9 of Olly’s Update

On Tuesday Olly had his feet done. Our Farrier, Ryan Darbyshire, is great. He understands Olly’s seperation issues and because Olly was only having a trim Ryan came into the horses field and he trimmed him there and then. When we arrived they were all lying down on the brow of the hill in the sunshine. Olly was so content where he was that I got his headcollar on whilst he was lying down and had to give him a gentle pull…

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Week 6 of Olly’s Issues

It’s half term week and the children are off school. I’ve still had to work and like most parents who also have to work are probably more busier than when the kids are at school, so most of the week apart from Tuesday we have been so busy that we have quickly fed and watered and checked the horses and then run…

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Restarting Eddie’s Education

Eddie is a 6yrs old Thoroughbred gelding who was bred to race but had to retire due to an injury. He can still be ridden following treatment but is not allowed to do any jumping. Eddie was brought by his current owner who had ambitions of doing a little dressage but when a surprise pregnancy

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Trying out a gym ball

Have you ever offered up a chance for your horse to play with a gym ball? No?! Then do it! You must! It is the most delightful event to watch if your ponio’s have never seen one before. With Olly’s imminent arrival I have started to purchase a couple of items of tack and equipment

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My Adaptation of Black Beauty…

Who would have thought that what I am about to tell you is really going to happen… Remember the Thoroughbred I told you all about that I brought when I was 30 years old? Remember that I had to re-home him (and our pony, Jakey) due to a family financial crisis we found ourselves in? 

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Riding other peoples horses and ponies

In my experience, as soon as you have your first riding lesson on these four legged beasts we call horses and ponies, you are hooked. I remember as a seven or eight year old being asked to go riding with a school friend and soon after becoming absolutely besotted with everything to do with ponies.

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