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Retraining a Racehorse – Moonfire – First Show Of The Year
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With 2010 well behind us, the time soon arose for Moony to make his 2011 debut – heading off for his first show of the year on the morning of 5 February 2011. He loaded without a problem, and arrived at the show safe ...
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The Unnoobification Epiphanies of a Dressage Noob – Canter Transitions
30th Dec 2015   |   Dressage   |   Polo the Weirdo
It may shock you to learn that not every dressage rider was born in the saddle with heels down, thumbs on top, and (as my old instructor so politely put it) ‘boobs on the shelf’. In fact, many dressage riders – even top ones – were in fact born so floppy and useless that they wer ...
Ironic Reasons Why My Horse is Better Than Yours
24th Dec 2015   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
If my horse was a human, he would be a princess. Yes, he. I respect his life choices. The point is, while some may think that having to provide a bowl of water immediately beside his food for him to rinse his mouth between bites is an annoyance (especially since the water has to ...
The Nature of the Crazy Eventer Why I Regret Giving my Eventer a Holiday (The incredible true story) Retraining a Racehorse - Moonfire (Week 3) Cross Country 101 - Part Three
 
How Many Riders Does It Take To Write An Essay
26th Jul 2014   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Any of us who have ever been forced to attend some kind of educational institution have most likely encountered, at some point, that horrendous piece of mental strain that we call ‘the essay’. Essays may seem easy in theory, but who among us has not sat up all night with an energ ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 5
12th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
There were just two options - A second surgery to remove the plate that had been put in just eight months earlier, or... Putting Choc down. All at once, I was thrown back into a nightmare from which I had barely awoken. Had we really come all this way for nothing? The answer, whe ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 4
10th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
The next few weeks of her recovery were full of ups and downs. The wound would begin to heal, and then infection would set in again, and once more I’d have to wait, scared to death, while they tested to see if it was in the joint. And so it went on, for months on end, with Choc w ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 3
8th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
To me, putting Choc down was never an option. For a horse so full of life, and so eager and ready to take on her next challenge and fight to keep living, it would just be wrong to take away that chance. This, of course, left two options. The stable rest would have been far, far c ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 2
6th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
When I got to Choc, she seemed relatively unscathed. There was barely a mark on her elbow, just one little cut, and yet she could barely put weight on it when she walked. The vet had been already, and said to monitor her for two days, and then take her to be X-rayed if there was ...
The Impossible - The Story of Choc - Part 1
5th Mar 2014   |   Horse Stories   |   Polo the Weirdo
So I promised that I would write an article if Choc ever recovered from her surgery, and two gruelling years later, here we are. It has been a bumpy road with a lot of twists and turns along the way, but in the end, looking back at all the tears and turmoil, I can honestly say th ...
A Horses Guide on How to Train Your Human
1st Mar 2014   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Well, I suppose it’s now or never. The first thing you have to realize is that training your human from the ground is not enough. Good ground manners and special awareness in a human are important, but these behaviours seldom carry over to ridden work. Your human may run when you ...
Llamanitis Epidemic Hits the Equine World Without Mercy
20th Jan 2014   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Llamanitis is a very common and frustrating disease often found in horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes (Most often school ponies, mares, or particularly flamboyant geldings). It has been known to be contagious, and recently I have noticed the epidemic beginning to spread. ...
Top Ten Reasons Why Being a Horse Would Totally Rule
17th Jan 2014   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
1. Abundance of carrots means super night vision. 2. Stepping on feet calls for a far more colourful reaction from the victim. 3. No chance of icky vomiting, even while suffering from flu or catching an unexpected glimpse of Justin Bieber. 4. No mor ...
Horses vs. Cars
12th Nov 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
After finally starting driving lessons this week (Better late than never, right?), I feel that I must share the few minor differences I've noticed in driving a car as opposed to riding a horse. ...
Strides (And why they totally suck) - The Showjumper's Diary
2nd Nov 2013   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
Studies have shown that the average horse’s canter stride covers 3,65 meters. We know that jumps seven steps apart will have one canter stride between them, and that jumps eleven steps apart will be separated by two. We know that if the distance between two jumps walks short then ...
The Eventers Dictionary - Part 2
22nd Sep 2013   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
Since the beginning of time, there has always been a certain communication barrier between horses and humans, mostly due to our unfortunate inability to learn to speak their language. This dictionary serves to break down that barrier by proving riders with a translation for what ...
The Eventers Dictionary - Part 1
21st Sep 2013   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
Since the beginning of time, there has always been a certain communication barrier between horses and humans, mostly due to our unfortunate inability to learn to speak their language. This dictionary serves to break down that barrier by proving riders with a translation for what ...
Why I Regret Giving my Eventer a Holiday (The incredible true story)
19th Sep 2013   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
Anybody who has owned or ridden one will know that eventers are machines. Some are scooters, trundling mildly around until they bump into the frist cross country jump and the engine cuts out. Others are monster trucks, ploughing boldly around and demolishing anything in their tra ...
Trick Training - Teach Your Horse to Kiss
14th Sep 2013   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
When asking your horse to kiss, always be aware that horses are big animals, and to have a horse’s head anywhere near your face can be dangerous. Always be ready to back away in case he moves his head too suddenly. And, most importantly, watch your nose! If you’re not careful, yo ...
Trick Training - Teach Your Horse to Bow
13th Sep 2013   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
Every little girl has a dream. To be swept off her feet by a charming knight in shining armour on a big white horse, and have him kneel down before her, take her hand, kiss her cheek, and whatever other secret, romantic fantasy her little heart desires. Unfortunately, for some li ...
Flatwork for Showjumping
21st Aug 2013   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
It may sound surprising to say, but ‘showjumping’ is actually not all about ‘jumping’. When faced with a big course of jumps, the horse’s physical jump can only take it so far. What matters is what happens between the jumps; balance, impulsion, adjustability, and the overall qual ...
How To Tell if Your Horse is Trying To Kill You
18th Aug 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
‘He wouldn’t hurt a fly’, you say? Check again. That swishing tail attached to your darling’s perfect bottom is actually a weapon of mass destruction. Don’t believe me? Just take a look at the corpses of all his defenceless fly-victims lying in the dirt. If they’re not there, ...
27 - 28 July Eventing Show - Part Two
15th Aug 2013   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
The next day was what we’d all been waiting for: Cross country. As a 90cm entry, Finola was first to go, and with air-cooled eventing boots on her legs and the rubber Pelham in her mouth, she warmed up like a spring-loaded jack in the box, ready to burst out onto the course at an ...
27 - 28 July Eventing Show - Part One
12th Aug 2013   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
I had two mounts at this show: My own horse, Finola, doing her first 90cm event, and a client’s horse, Pride, in her second event at 70cm. Pride is a five year old mare, Appaloosa cross Warmblood, who I have been training for a few months. She was coming from her first event ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Seven
11th Aug 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
Saddle fitters are the main reason that I have trust issues, and I know I’m not the only one. When it comes to saddle fitting, the best advice I can give you is this: Trust no one, not even yourself. Unfortunately for us ignorant riders, saddle fitting is an art. Even qualifie ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Six
23rd Jul 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
Now, as this series has taught us, it really isn't possible to completely ‘prevent’ back pain in horses. Any athlete – equine or otherwise – will take strain, and as riders, it is our responsibility to maintain the physical well-being of our horses (through the methods previously ...
Top Twenty Reasons To Ride A Horse
18th Jul 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Even though an infinite amount of reasons exist to ride a horse, I reduced this down to the top twenty reasons to ride a horse, as opposed to a dinosaur, flying saucer, or tap dancing polar bear. #20 - A horse will almost never succumb to toilet humour. #19 - Unlike their ride ...
The Many Moods of Mares Explained
12th Jul 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Mares are wonderful, amazing creatures. Although usually less ‘flashy’ than their male counterparts, it’s a well-known fact that mares frequently offer double the performance, and often put in twice the effort. Mares simply try harder, and this is what we, as horse people, love a ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Five
9th Jul 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
We now know how to identify and diagnose back pain in horses, but once you know what the problem is, what are you supposed to do about it? Luckily, there are a number of treatment options available to horses with sore backs, be it soft tissue injury, or a bone pathology problem. ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Four
6th Jul 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
As mentioned before, back pain in horses is shockingly common; in fact most horses – even the soundest of them – are likely to be experiencing at least a small degree of back pain simply from the strain of hard work. The rider’s job is to identify the signs of pain in the horse, ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Three
30th Jun 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
A horse with a sore back can react in a number of different ways, each varying vastly depending on the nature of the horse and the intensity of the pain. Time and again, when told of a horse that is acting even slightly out of the ordinary, the go-to response of any horseperson w ...
Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part Two
26th Jun 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
Believe it or not, an ill-fitting saddle is not the only cause of back pain in horses, although it is the leading one. Back pain can be caused by a number of different things. The following are a few prime examples. A rider who sits skew – as so many of us do – can cause the hors ...
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