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Jumping My Polo Horse Bareback
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This video shows myself and my Polo horse simply being ourselves and having a great time! Everything in this video is bareback, it is a complete no saddle zone! The only tack used is always either a bridle or a halter an ...
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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, ...
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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 ...
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 ...
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. ...
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