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My Dream Is To Ride Again
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On September 19th, 2010 I was in a car accident. My Chevy S10 truck fishtailed and lost traction on the road. It went off the road flipping on its side hitting a tree. The impact with the tree caused my side of the truck ...
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Saddle Up Series - Understanding Your Horse's Back - Part One
23rd Jun 2013   |   Care and Grooming   |   Polo the Weirdo
When it comes to selecting a saddle, any knowledgeable horse person will tell you that this is a task not to be taken lightly. The fit of a saddle can make or break a horse’s performance, and a poorly fitting one can cause severe injuries to a horse over time. Choosing a saddle i ...
Who Is On My Horse
18th Jun 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Have you ever ripped the head off one doll to pop it onto another, or forced a puzzle piece to fit where it doesn't belong? We all know the feeling, looking at something so familiar; yet thinking ‘that doesn't look right’. That is the feeling I get when I see somebody else on my ...
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The Bit Dictionary - Mouthpieces - Part 3 of 3
16th Jun 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
This part of ‘The Bit Dictionary’ explores numerous common mouthpieces found in snaffle bits. Finding the correct mouthpiece, along with the correct action, is of the utmost importance to the horse’s comfort and performance. This list shows a number of options of mouthpieces comm ...
The Bit Dictionary - Snaffles - Part 2 of 3
10th Jun 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
The following is a list of various popular snaffles, how they work, and for what purpose they are best used. This article explored only the sides of the bits, and not the mouthpieces. The action of any bit becomes very different based on what mouthpiece is used. Read on in the ne ...
The Bit Dictionary - Introduction - Part 1 of 3
5th Jun 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
When it comes to bitting, you always want to go with the softest option possible. A horse’s mouth is extremely important, and you want to keep it soft so that you have a clear connection with your horse, and can use light, subtle aids. Anybody who has once ridden a school pony ca ...
Back it Up - How To Master The Rein Back
25th May 2013   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
This article serves to handle that one part of every dressage test that I – and most riders I know – dread with all our hearts. I’m sure you know the feeling. The stunning rhythmic trot, the perfect square halt (And here you start thinking ‘Yeah! Show me those eights!), and then ...
How to Ride a Dressage Test - The Eventer’s Version
15th May 2013   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
This article was inspired by my own fantastic event horse, Bronze, who – like most eventers – is eating a lot of high-energy food, and doing a lot of work. Basically, Bronze is a machine, and his main operating function is to bear down on a course of big, solid jumps like a freig ...
Not Making This Up - Why I Don't Wear Makeup To The Barn
8th May 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
I recently noticed this magnificent article pop up on Ponybox asking whether or not I wear makeup to the barn. I don’t see that it’s any of the article’s business, but I’m going to answer the question anyway. I do not, and in this article, I’m going to address exactly why. Fir ...
April 20th 2013 Showjumping Competition With Finola
2nd May 2013   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
The weekend of April 20th saw my official showjumping debut for 2013. Since the South African Junior Championships in December, my horses were given a well deserved holiday, before slowly building back up to competition standard. Finola already had one jumping show under her ...
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April 20th 2013 Showjumping Competition With Bronze
27th Apr 2013   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
The weekend of April 20th saw my official showjumping debut for 2013. Since the South African Junior Championships in December, my horses were given a well deserved holiday, before slowly building back up to competition standard. Finola already had one jumping show under her ...
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Three Secret Steps To Foolproof Your Horse
12th Apr 2013   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
Foolproofing is a task so impossibly difficult that it often evades even the most brilliant minds of our time! You see, in order to foolproof a horse, a person must endure incomprehensible suffering, and take on tasks so impossibly difficult that they’ll have you sweating from th ...
Crocs For Horses - Know What Legwear Your Horse Needs
7th Apr 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
Have you ever gone horse boot shopping, walked into the tack store, and found yourself bombarded by so many different kinds of boots that you’re just about ready to run for your life and put your poor horse in Crocs instead? Well, if not, then you’re clearly not doing your boot s ...
Cross Country 101 - Part Three
2nd Apr 2013   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
A trakehner is a type of cross country jump consisting of a pole suspended over a ditch. These jumps often prove a huge problem, especially for up and coming eventers, simply because of the intimidating nature of the fence. When riding into a trakehner, it is difficult not to thi ...
Cross Country 101 - Part Two
20th Mar 2013   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
An arrowhead is a type of skinny built in a triangular shape, so that the horse must jump from the narrow point of the arrow over the wider end. Arrowheads can be particularly tricky jumps for riders, because the point of the arrow draws in the rider’s eye, and this is so narrow ...
Cross Country 101 - Part One
11th Mar 2013   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
In this article, I will be explaining to you how best to ride your cross country course between the fences. Keep your eyes peeled for part two, which will look more closely at how to ride each individual type of fence. In cross country, one of the biggest challenges is always ...
How To Tell If Your Horse Is A Vampire
19th Feb 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
It has recently come to my attention that my horse, Moony, is exhibiting certain qualities that some may class as ‘vampiric’. In fear of an outbreak of equine vampires, I have decided to write this article to raise awareness. If you suspect that your horse may be a vampire, watch ...
Cyber Bullying - There Are No Consequences
10th Feb 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
We all know how harmful bullying can be in real life. Correct me if I’m wrong, but... Isn't that the reason a whole lot of us are escaping here to the Internet in the first place? Don’t look at me like that, you know I’m right. Anyway, this is the Internet, and on the Internet, a ...
Your Horse - Partner or Problem
6th Feb 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
The question I pose to you today is a sensitive one, but one that all of us will inevitably face at some point in our riding careers: when is it okay to quit? Those of you who know me will know that I’m a firm believer in a ‘never say die’ and ‘never give up’ kind of attitude. ...
Pelham Ponies - Yay or Neigh
2nd Feb 2013   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
At every show, without fail, we will see some tiny kid chucked up on the million dollar showjumping pony that Daddy dearest smashed his piggy bank to buy, and 9 out of ten times, little Sally or Mary-Sue will be sitting on the poor critter with a bit that looks like it could stop ...
Ask Polo - Article 2
15th Oct 2012   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
“Bolting when I get on. He's as good as gold on the ground, but when I mount, he bombs off before I've had the chance to get my stirrups or tighten my girth. This morning, my saddle slipped and I fell off, because he didn't give me time to adjust it, so it's getting dangerous. He ...
Ask Polo - Article 1
27th Sep 2012   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
This is the first article in my new series, ‘Ask Polo’. In this series, I will be addressing equine problems mentioned by players, and giving suggestions to assist in solving their problems in article format. Today’s problem was posed by Ponybox player ‘Bright Horizon’. ...
Finola - The Comeback
17th Sep 2012   |   Shows and Events   |   Polo the Weirdo
Finola’s rehabilitation process was a long one. Weeks upon weeks of roadwork to strengthen her tendons and build muscles, and still weeks more of gentle schooling until she was ready to really hit the flatwork hard. At the beginning of the year, Finola had come back relatively un ...
Crazy Stunts with Olop - Jumping Backwards - Part 4
29th Jun 2012   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
When I first started this scheme, I set two goals for myself: Jump a single jump at 1,20m backwards, and complete a low course backwards. I also considered trying a small course at a local practise show if I could find a venue to allow it. My next challenge to tackle was a low ...
Crazy Stunts with Olop - Jumping Backwards - Part 3
23rd Jun 2012   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
What was my revolutionary idea, you ask? Well, it came to me one day when I was riding with a friend, without the supervision of either my mother or my instructor, as usual. I decided that if I was going to try riding backwards, I ought to take extra safety precautions. But what ...
Crazy Stunts with Olop - Jumping Backwards - Part 2
17th Jun 2012   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
Let me begin with a note to any of you who scorn this idea: I first got this idea from seeing a photo of Rodrgio Pessoa, an undeniably brilliant rider, trying the exact same stunt: Jumping his horse backwards. It isn’t just some harebrained scheme I concocted on my own. Next, ...
Crazy Stunts with Olop - Jumping Backwards - Part 1
9th Jun 2012   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
Who is Olop, you ask? Well, that is my new nickname for Polo. Read on, and I daresay the reason will soon become clear. Those of you who know me will surely know that I am somewhat ‘lacking’ in the sanity division. In fact, at times I wonder if I have any sense of self preserv ...
Young Horse Dictionary
31st May 2012   |   General   |   Polo the Weirdo
In this article, I will providing definitions for what our commands mean to the young horses we’re trying to train. This article is for entertainment purposes only. What you say: "Bad horse." What he hears: "Excellent work today, my valiant steed! You’ve carried out all my in ...
Moonfire - Fixing a Rearing Problem - Sitting a Rear
10th Mar 2012   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
In the previous articles, we discussed Moony’s rearing problem, a rider’s usual approach to a rear, and how to correctly approach a rear. To sum up, when your horse rears, you do not want to make a big issue out of it – because that is what will lodge it in his memory. You want t ...
Moonfire - Fixing a Rearing Problem - Part 2
4th Mar 2012   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
I did my best to avoid the instances that encouraged rearing – but if you look above, you’ll see that it’s quite a list, and that there are many aspects that you just CAN’T avoid when riding a competitive horse. The main thing I did with him, is kept all my sessions short, but ef ...
Moonfire - Fixing a Rearing Problem - Part 1
29th Feb 2012   |   Horse Training   |   Polo the Weirdo
It all started around November 2011 – I couldn’t tell you what caused it. Sometimes there is no cause – young horses are constantly going through phases, which are seldom triggered by anything at all – and this was just one of Moony’s phases. At the time, his flatwork had come ...
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