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Retraining a Racehorse – First Dressage Show
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On the way to the dressage arena, he was rather excited by the unfamiliar atmosphere. He considered spooking at the dressage letters, but decided that watching them warily would work just as well – since I decided not to ...
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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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Meeting Magic Mike
15th Apr 2018   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
My first meeting with Mike was something of a serendipity; one very fortunate but unequivocally unplanned coincidence. And a more fitting set of circumstances I truly can’t imagine, since the very horse around whom this meeting came together, is one Vanree De Niro. Son of ‘Sirand ...
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How Long Does it Take to Back a Horse
30th Dec 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
We all know that backing a young horse is not for the weak-hearted. Horses struggle with new experiences at the best of times, and often backing involves throwing a thousand new questions at once at a young horse not yet equipped to deal with them. This does not always end well. ...
Twelve Days of Christmas
23rd Dec 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Tis the season of giving, everyone! And for those of us with horses, this means that the Christmas stockings will be full fit to burst! With vet bills... and thrown shoes... and wasted food... and bits of broken tack... and that thing that at some point might have been a chunk of ...
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Team Weirdo Professional Circuit
17th Dec 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
It has been an interesting year for Team Weirdo. For starters, I’ve not been able to come up with a better name than ‘Team Weirdo’, and I guess it has stuck, which is... inconvenient, I suppose, but not unfitting. Beyond that, 2017 has seen both the start and the end of many an e ...
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So You Want To Buy A Horse
11th Dec 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
So, you’ve decided you want a new horse! You’ve got your empty stable full of fresh shavings, your life’s savings (and a few week-old carrot pieces) in your fanny pack and all the dreams and expectations in the world! You’re all set. What could possibly go wrong from here? ...
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A Tribute To Polo
19th Nov 2017   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
So, to my Polo, goodbye, and thank you. You were more important to me than you could ever know. And to all you at Ponybox, Hello again, and thanks for waiting. With this long overdue tribute to a very special muse, Polo the Weirdo is back. ...
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Stolen Horse Raced to Death
6th May 2017   |   Horse Rescue and Abuse   |   Polo the Weirdo
For many people all over the world, the Easter weekend is a very happy time – full of love, life and family. However, for a select few South African horses, the Easter weekend has become a fearful time of danger, pain and suffering. This last Easter, OTTBs Maximum Flo and Wavin’ ...
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Finnish Hobbyhorse Association
23rd Apr 2017   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
Over the last decade, the sport of hobbyhorse riding has grown to become a global craze among teenage girls, culminating in a plethora of social media attention following the decision of Finnish film-maker and academy award winner, Selma Vilhunen, to produce a documentary about t ...
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Top Ten Similarities Between Your Horse and the Easter Bunny
22nd Apr 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
With Easter just around the corner, we all have a lot of questions in our minds. How many Easter Eggs will I get? Where will they be hiding? Where can I hide them where my siblings can never, ever (ever) find them? Did we really find all the eggs from last year, and if I find one ...
If Horses Were Celebrities
17th Apr 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Horse and Hound recently released a quiz which tells you, based on a series of questions, what celebrity your horse would be if he was a human. Unsurprisingly, my own Moonfire would probably be Kanye West. This got me thinking, if different types of horses were celebrities, which ...
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Alternative Equine Behavior Issues
15th Apr 2017   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Have you ever thought about the terms that we equestrians use for horse behavior problems, and what those terms would sound like to the average man on the street? Our jargon often leads to much confusion for the layman (which often results in much amusement for us). For the sake ...
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