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Back in the Saddle… Goodbye Tiny

I never thought for a second I’d be writing this to you all. Maybe sometime in the future but certainly not this week. I made the decision to sell Tiny.  For all his amazing points there were a few things that just didn’t work for me. I could have carried on and worked through them, many [...]

Back in the Saddle 12… Bring on the Physio

Hello again!  I've deliberately kept things a quiet lately with this series.  The hunting season ended in March and we've been ticking over ever since really.  Instead of turning him away for the summer the plan was to keep him ticking over with just hacking for a few weeks and then start on some flatwork, get [...]

Back in the Saddle – Part 11 A Saddle for his Back

Ever since Tiny came home I've been riding him in one of Tony's saddles.  The fit has been 'ok', definitely usable, but not ideal long term.  An 18" seat for a 5'2" small legged person isn't ideal.  I've basically been swimming in that saddle since October.  We always knew that if he was staying around we'd [...]

Back in the Saddle… Part 10

It's been quite a while since I blogged specifically about my return to riding and the journey with Tiny, my ex-racehorse.  Not through a lack of desire really, but more from the fact that not an awful lot has really happened since I last updated you all in the middle of January.  To be honest much [...]

Back in the Saddle… Part 9

It's been nearly a month since you had my rambling words drop into your sight and there's a good reason really for that.  Not an awful lot has changed since the last blog when my little ex racehorse, Tiny, had the mother of all hematomas and that had that stopped play for us both. Well, I lie, [...]

Back in the Saddle… Part 8 Patience

When you are desperate for some consistency in your mental approach to something, being delayed from even being able to try can be really difficult to deal with.  Patience is required.  Particularly when horses are involved.  So is the ability to put those issues to one side and just carry on with 'normal' stuff is what's [...]

Back in the Saddle… Part 7 Forwards & Backwards

All has been going well with Tiny and I at home.  He's not put a foot wrong and we are slowly building our relationship together both on the ground and in the saddle.  However things in my head have been somewhat unhelpful lately and despite my strong desire to be much further forward with my return [...]

Back in the Saddle… Part 5 Fresh Do’s & Shoe Issues!

We've reached the month point since I've been back in the saddle with a new horse of my own, Tiny, and it's starting to feel like second nature with the daily and weekly routines.  One thing I think most of us probably can appreciate is that life is frequently about compromises and making the best of [...]

Back in the Saddle… Part 3

Having made the decision to buy little Tiny I set about making a list of things I needed for him.  Obviously the bridle was already on the list from Tony but given his height much of the spare kit Tony had lurking just wasn’t going to fit the Orange Prince. Shopping is so much fun.  Actually [...]