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A New Year Message from Pom ….

“It’s a little known fact that we horses are great believers in New Year Resolutions.  Or at least Reflections. Let’s face it.  We can realistically expect to celebrate far fewer New Years than you, our human counterparts. So instead of … Continue reading

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A (Tack) Room of One’s Own

(With apologies to the spirit of Mrs. Woolf.) In my last-but-one post I wrote about the gargantuan task of clearing out the top of the barn and laying a new floor over the old one.  And I’m glad to report … Continue reading

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R.E.S.P.E.C.T.

My husband complains that there are four of us in this marriage, and that he is usually last in line for my attention. He’s not at all impressed when I put forward the argument that the British cavalry became the … Continue reading

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Stick or Treat?

Stick? Or Treat? ……. Excuse the simplistic title, but I couldn’t resist the Hallowe’en pun! How often have you heard, “Don’t give horses treats, it’ll make them bite”? I’m not a complete anarchist, but I don’t like rules without reasons. … Continue reading

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Is “Alpha” Better?

It is a credit to most assiduous, amateur horse-owners that they will try almost anything, give most new theories a chance in their quest to improve their riding and relationship with their horses. Forgive me if, having seen more than a … Continue reading

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Mending fences – and maintaining them

I’ve a fondness for the saying that strong fences make good neighbours.  If you protect you and yours and look after them as best you may, you can open the gate to others when you wish and also keep them at … Continue reading

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Horses, Gardens and the Hopalong Kid

I haven’t had much to enthuse about in a post whilst my broken leg has been slowly healing.  Our garden and fields are all sloping to a greater or lesser extent, so getting about on crutches – I had to … Continue reading

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Life Interrupted – or why the silence…….

Many apologies to anyone looking in for a new post recently – especially to Michelle, who has been a fascinating correspondent and whose blog is thehorsemaster.wordpress.com.  I broke my leg on 11th March and have been in hospital most of … Continue reading

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Why bareback? Why Not!

Today we had a visit from Julien, the horse dentist.  When he gets the electric drill out and you see the horses’ teeth smoking, I can’t believe how brave they are.  Aly has to have the manual rasp, as he … Continue reading

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Labour of Love

  When I wake up to the news of the world around me, watch the dreadful catastrophes dropping down on people everywhere, I know I have no right to complain about a thing.   But, some days, if you’re weary and spirits are … Continue reading

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