Despite an ominous start on Friday evening, beginning with Exavior rearing repeatedly as I tried to bath him and ending at about 10:00pm after driving up and down and half the horses escaping their stables, Pre-HOY was amazing. I suspect it was amazing because it started so badly that I immediately realised I was not […]Read More Pre-HOY rocked!
We leave for Pre-HOY tomorrow and I’m terrified, for the dumbest reason. I’m not worried about boxing nine horses there and back – I trust the drivers. I’m not worried about the horses – they know their jobs. I’m not worried about the kids – they’ve worked hard. I’m not even that worried that Exavior […]Read More Why I Fear Showing
Today was spa day for six of the Horde. I’m very into having chiro done at least once a year where I can; it’s not always financially practical for broodmares and sale ponies, but the competing horses, schoolies or anything with a problem needs doing. Today’s lineup started with Starlight. She has been girthy since […]Read More Chiro Visit
I cannot believe how much effort Pre-HOY is being. At this rate HOY itself is going to be more or less impossible, but as we all know, our God is good at impossible. So I put my nose down and do what I can, and there might be lots to do but it’s very exciting. […]Read More The Countdown Begins
Sometimes it can feel like the horses in my life never come easy. I’m not complaining, because easy never made a good horseperson (or a good person, for that matter). Hard is necessary. But hard is exhausting and can be demoralising. And my big-dream horses have all been hard. Except Arwen. Nell and Reed got […]Read More Thank You for Arwen
Highveld weather: two days ago we had cold mist and an icy wind straight from Antarctica, and today the heat came. The sun was merciless, so hot and bright it felt like the light was pressing down on us physically. I guess sometimes the real Light can feel that way too, but the fact remains […]Read More Sunburnt
I’ve started a lot more horses in the past year than ever before, and it definitely shows in the techniques I’m using now compared to early last year. I thought I’d outline the process here both to monitor its progress and for interest’s sake. First, the most important thing about the process is it isn’t […]Read More The Backing Process