Tips to survive Winter at the yard

Like anything with horses, it can be a challenge. The yard gets icy, the water freezes, the grazing disappears, and our horses can get a little bit fresh!

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New Forest frolics!

Of course, I had to take my camera with me, and we took a couple of trips to the heath in the car. Of all the rain we avoided in the saddle, it sure made up for it on these road-trips!

Please stop feeding our horses

Having grown up and loving everything horse from a very young age, I totally get the pull of fussing over or feeding horses grazing in fields that you are passing. It's a nice thing to do, right? Unfortunately it's not quite as nice as you might think.

Toddler in tow!

On the way up to Rio we have to say good morning to all the horses we pass, and sometimes give them a little wave. Eliza will sit on top of the hay in the wheelbarrow...

Me and Rio strut our stuff

After weeks in the making, spending time preparing Rio for his time in the spotlight, and nowhere near enough time thinking about my own outfits, at the end of last month, we welcomed Gemma to the yard for our very own photoshoot! Three baths, 2 clipping sessions and strategic rugging in the days beforehand, Rio was looking beautiful.

Rio’s Recap #8

Auntie Sarah has visited a couple of times this week, and I've worked hard! We've been practising transitions, forward, standing still (eurgh!), keeping a contact and CANTERING!

Rio’s Recap #7

I was in the bad books yesterday... Auntie Anna had to text mum to tell her I was in Elf's paddock again - only this time I definitely misjudged it and might have taken out four posts when I made a break for it.

Rio’s Recap #6

It started out as a normal week...We had a nice hack out with Bailey...ended up getting another bath...went to play on a crossc ountry course for the first time ever... you know, just your standard week!

Rio’s Recap #5

We had an early morning on Saturday, and still didn't manage to beat the heat. We went for a walk out with Bailey; I didn't spook or get silly, but was still feeling a bit tense and got quite sweaty even though we weren't going very fast. Mum's trying to figure out what's going on with me

Rio’s Recap #4

Meet the latest addition to the herd, Raspberry, and catch up on Rio's week of ups and downs!