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Escape - Attacked While Riding Alone
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The man started groping in my pocket than, and I soon found myself screaming hysterically at him that I didn’t have anything for him. He motioned for me to be quiet, and though I knew it was useless, I yelled at him to l ...
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The Best Rider Gadgets That Actually Work - Part II
19th Sep 2020   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Welcome to part 2 in our quest of finding the best gadgets and gimmicks that can actually help you to improve your riding! Put your body where it should be, and let your brain figure out how to keep it there. You’ll have that perfect equitation seat in no time! ...
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The Best Rider Gadgets That Actually Work - Part I
30th Aug 2020   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Do you always find yourself riding with toes like a ballerina? Do you stare into your own lap as if the secrets of the universe are stitched into the crotch of your joddies? Do you ride with shoulders that would make the Hunchback of Notre Dame feel at home in your presence? Mayb ...
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The Good Side of Equestrian Gadgets
16th Aug 2020   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Gadgets often get a poor reputation in the equestrian world due to their misuse on equine athletes often resulting in harmful or abusive conditions. The debate on whether or not gadgets (like side reins, etc.) ought to be used on horses is one which will probably continue for as ...
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400 Horses Killed Each Month Due to COVID Lockdown
17th May 2020   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Polo the Weirdo
The elongated shutdown of racing brings with it many great consequences, many of which are already beginning to show as owners, breeders and trainers alike are forced to begin euthanasia of horses they can no longer afford to keep. ...
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Why Equestrians Relate to Tiger King
23rd Apr 2020   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
With the Covid-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, people the world over are doing exactly what one would expect modern man to do in a time of great crisis. They are binge-watching eccentric Netflix documentaries. The specific documentary to which I refer is, of course, the infamous ...
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How to Stay Sane During Lockdown - A Guide for Equestrians
11th Apr 2020   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Polo the Weirdo
With our current global pandemic, many equestrians the world over are suddenly being forced to face a horseless reality as entire nations enter lockdown. It is a miserable and testing time, but equestrians are tough. We’re gonna make it. Unfortunately, we are also certifiably mad ...
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Equestrian In Lockdown
5th Apr 2020   |   Equine Disease and Prevention   |   Polo the Weirdo
On the first day of lockdown, most of us sat in our homes. Silent, shellshocked, looking through old pictures of our horses and trying to come to terms with the fact that we had to be without them for 3 whole weeks. Worrying about them getting bored standing in their paddocks. Wo ...
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Dear Baby Horse - Regarding The Gate
29th Mar 2020   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
I am a long-time sufferer of your shenanigans, and I am writing to express my concern about recent discussion and the pending decision to implement an exit the arena at any given opportunity policy. I understand that the decision is being considered to enable escape from work tha ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Baby Horses Are Like Underwear
10th Nov 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Yesterday, while dressing to go down to the stables and exercise the half-ton creatures that spend their lives trying to kill me, I got my foot stuck in a hole in my underwear that was definitely not supposed to be there. This made me realise 3 things. ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Dont Hurt Me No More
19th Oct 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Since I have had my Baby Horses, Sunny and De Niro, I have had one fall off each, which is really not bad going through all the toddler tantrums! Honestly, I was feeling quite proud of myself. Until today. ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - If Baby Horses Could Name Things
28th Sep 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
If you’ve ever owned, trained, or otherwise interacted with a baby horse, you will know that sometimes they just seem to see the world differently to us. Whether it’s the shallow rain puddle that’s clearly hiding sharks, or the invisible monster in the bush behind the yellow jump ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Sass Levels Reach All Time High
7th Jul 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
This is not fake news. Our sources have confirmed that Baby Niro displayed excessively high levels of sass recently when being ridden in the arena after a week off work. Witnesses report high levels of head tossing and neck flicking, followed by many grunts and the occasional buc ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Starter Kit
16th Jun 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
So you just bought yourself a baby horse? I bet you’re wondering what you’ll need to help you in this new chapter of your life! Well never fear, Baby Horse Diaries is here to answer all of your questions. To create your own Baby Horse Starter Kit, here’s what you’ll need ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Playtime (AKA the Hunger Games)
9th Jun 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Baby horses, like most babies, are curious, energetic and playful beings that constantly seek out new means of entertainment. In fact, one of the most fun things about having a baby horse is all the wonderful new games that you get to learn how to play – and the skills you get to ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Energy Levels
3rd Jun 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Here is my top 10 SECRET list of master plans for dealing with excess energy in horses. ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Baby Horses Are Stupid
26th May 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Baby horses are really neat. When you get them they are stupid. You know they’re stupid, any rational human being can expect them to be stupid, and they don’t know they’re stupid because they don’t know anything. Because they’re stupid. ...
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Baby Horse Diaries - Meet The Babies
19th May 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Today I would like to introduce the stars of our series, VanRee De Niro (Baby Niro), and Little Miss Sunshine (Baby Sunny). ...
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Baby Horse Diaries Introduction
12th May 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Some of you might remember that about 8 years ago I created a series on Ponybox documenting my progress in retraining a young Thoroughbred racehorse, Moonfire, for his eventing career. Those of you who continued to follow my (admittedly sporadic) work would know that, despite the ...
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Among The Stars - Part 8 of 8
24th Mar 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
I wish I could say ‘time heals’, but it doesn’t. I still miss him every day. I still cry every time I look at his photos. Some days I’ll wake up and simply can’t face a world without him in it. I can’t leave my bed, because, what’s the point? But you don’t get to just lie in bed ...
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Among The Stars - Part 7 of 8
17th Mar 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
I screamed. I started gasping ‘what’s happening’, and automatically untangled his legs from the rope boundary of the cooldown where he’d collapsed. People started rushing over while I just kept hysterically repeating ‘what’s happening? Oh my God what’s happening?’ They started br ...
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Among The Stars - Part 6 of 8
10th Mar 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
We loved our perfect Moo. The thought of losing him - it never even crossed our minds. It was one of those things too terrible to think that it might ever happen to you. One of those ‘I can’t even imagine what it would be like’ things. He was my everything. My ticket to all my go ...
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Among The Stars - Part 5 of 8
3rd Mar 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
After the setback with Moo’s suspensory ligament, I pretty much decided that 2017 was going to be a write-off. Because we have so few events, because I’d been so cautious in protecting both Moo’s confidence and my own, the idea of trying to actually achieve anything in only the s ...
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Among The Stars - Part 4 of 8
23rd Feb 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
After Moo’s tie back, I was in my final year at university, and we hadn’t had lessons in a while. I played with him a lot while he was recovering. The place we were stabling at the time didn’t have a proper arena, so we would do our schooling on the beach, and sometimes take tack ...
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Among The Stars - Part 3 of 8
17th Feb 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
At the beginning of 2013, following his injury at champs, I began to bring Moo back into work. Physically, he seemed fine, but suddenly his behaviour was worse than it had ever been. He was perfectly sound, but if I put on any pressure at all, he’d be up on his hind legs, and jus ...
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Among The Stars - Part 2 of 8
10th Feb 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
Moo’s tantrums were getting worse. He was scheduled to compete in his first graded event, but before that we had a clinic scheduled with an Olympic level eventer. I said to my instructor just before that I was worried about taking him, in case he reared, and the clinic instructor ...
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Among The Stars - Part 1 of 8
2nd Feb 2019   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
As humans we love to look on the bright side, we love our silver linings and positive spins. We love to feel moved and inspired. Sorry, but I don’t have anything like that for you today. What I’m here to share with you isn’t graceful, or inspirational, or ‘nice’ on any level. I’m ...
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What Your Riding Instructor Wants For Christmas
24th Dec 2018   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
A riding instructor is a unique and precious being, and though each of us are unique individuals, there is most definitely some common ground. So if you’re looking for the perfect gift, never fear! My own riding instructor list to Santa is here! ...
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Adult Rider Reality
25th Nov 2018   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
As a child and junior rider, I remember looking up to the adults with awe and envy. I remember thinking how lucky they are to be able to do everything the way they want, go to shows on their own, buy whatever tack they want, and whichever and however many horses they could possib ...
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Baby Horses are kind of like Farts
18th Aug 2018   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Have you ever experienced while attending an extremely proper and dignified horse show, an elegantly dressed person suddenly erupting, at the top of their very polite lungs, WHY YOU LITTLE FART! And, having had this strange experience, have you ever sat and wondered just what on ...
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Interview with Magic Mike
21st Apr 2018   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Michael Kenneth de Vrye, AKA ‘Magic Mike’, is a 31 year old Equine Behaviourist from Port Elizabeth, South Africa. He was born into a horsey family, and began his equestrian career through work riding for his aunt – Diane Botes of ‘First for Horses’ – one of South Africa’s leadin ...
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