Fun Ideas, Lifestyle

Quick! It’s Amazon Prime Day!

Hurry its the last day of Amazon Prime today! There are so many sales on Amazon you’d be crazy to miss out! Along with massive savings on electronics, Amazon products, 20% off fashion,  loads of lightening deals and there are lots of savings on equestrian equipment too. Just click on these links to shop!

In order to take part in these amazing deals, you need to be an Amazon Prime member of which you can sign up for free for 30 days. Don’t worry if you are not in the UK, Amazon changes to your local currency when you check out and shipping is really cheap! I shop on Amazon UK all the time and get my stuff delivered to France really easily.

Click on the pics and highlighted text to get shopping!

Here are my top picks from the Prime Day sales…

              1. Top horsey pick = Wahl Products. Prime members will receive an extra 20% off all Wahl products including their clippers and shampoo. They also do a large range of dog clippers too.



          1. 2. Kids Toys- Lego and Playmobil . For those of you with children. There are massive savings on Playmobil and Lego sets and lots more. You aren’t going to want to miss out on these massive savings! Heck, you can even start your Christmas shopping early! It’ll be worth it!

              1. 3. Attachments for Go Pro. If you have a Go Pro and want to video yourself riding in it. Amazon basics have a large selection of head and chest attachments, carry cases and camera mounts for your Go Pro on sale today. 

                1. 4. Supplies for your cat or dog. This includes food, toys, flea treatment and accessories for your pets. 30% all products to be precise! Click here for the link to the offer for dog supplies and here for cat supplies. They also have sales on Amazon basic pet supplies here.

                  5. Kindle – Get your summer reading fix with a brand new kindle. There are lots of massive reductions.

                  So, in all honesty not the biggest selection of equestrian specific deals to be had. However, there are plenty of deals that you should definitely take advantage of. If you sign up to Prime you benefit from free super quick shipping on prime purchases, access to Amazon Prime TV, where you can stream TV and movies and much much more. You have access to special offers. Its totally worth doing. Click on the link here to try for 30 days for FREE!

                  If you enjoyed this article you may also enjoy my latest blog 6 Equestrian Brands You Probably Didn’t Know Are on Amazon.

                  ***Putting it out there – These links are affiliate links. At no additional cost to you if you click through and make a purchase I will receive a tiny bit of commission.***

                  Happy Prime day! Remember offers finish at Midnight tonight.

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Lifestyle, Travel, Visits

Polo in Provence with The Styled Equestrian

This weekend I was lucky enough to head down to Provence to meet up with Jennifer Sims aka The Styled Equestrian at Saint Cannat Polo Club near Aix en Provence. Jennifer and I ‘met’ online on instagram. I love following her stylish life through her photos. So when I saw that she was organising a polo boot camp a few hours from where I live in France I had to message her to find out more. My hubby James and I are always looking for new places to explore in France, so I suggested that we come to meet Jennifer at the polo club.

There was an Easter tournament being played on Sunday afternoon, so we headed down there so we could watch that. It was brilliant! Jennifer told me a bit about polo and what has been like learning to play (she has only been playing for the past year). To be honest it made me really want to give it a go! Everyone there was so friendly, we chatted and drank Rosè whilst watching the polo. Trying to learn more of the rules each chukka that was played.

There are lots of things that draw me to wanting to try playing polo. Firstly, it seems really social. Everyone at Saint Cannat was so friendly. We were made to feel very welcome by everyone there on Sunday, bearing in mind we knew no one!  The players and their families were so nice, one of the teams competing had come over from Luxembourg and Graham, the father of one of the players was so friendly and generous with his rose! Lizzie one of the owners of the club came over to introduce herself and she was just so lovely and of course Jennifer and Melissa who were there doing their polo boot camp.

I have only watched one game of polo before at the Beaufort Polo Club. That was a fun day out but it was really quite posh and I didn’t feel like I could ever be part of that world. OK, the game we watched at Beaufort was at a higher level, but it just seemed more exclusive. A world reserved for only the super rich that wasn’t inviting for ‘normal’ people to join the sport. A sport I could spectate but never dream of playing. This couldn’t have been more different at Saint Cannat. I think 3 different people asked me if I was going to give polo a go and encouraged me to do so!

Another major pull for me is that you don’t need your own horse to train and compete on. From I what I understand you join your chosen polo club but can go to any polo club that you want to train and compete. You can hire horses to compete on, which is great as normally you need a horse per chukka and great for horsey people like me who love to travel and check out different clubs but don’t have their own horse.

Finally it just looks really fun and exciting! It’s fast and competitive and just looks really fun! The horses at Saint Cannat all looked so happy doing their job. They were all so calm waiting for their turn to play and then would gallop around happily.

So for anyone thinking of trying a new discipline, I would certainly look into polo. I am going to look for somewhere in Toulouse that I can go try it and keep you updated when I do. Its certainly been added to my equestrian bucket list! Also if anyone is ever in Provence I would throughly recommend Saint Cannat Polo Club. If I get the chance I will certainly go back there for a lesson for sure, as they spoke english, had happy horses and were really nice. What else do you need?!

Be sure to check out Jennifer’s equestrian travel company @eqglobetrotter on instagram. She organises equestrian holidays all around the world. This week she is playing polo in Provence. Next week it is cross country in Ireland! She may have also agreed to do an Inspo Interview too, so keeps your eyes peeled for that too!

Have you tried polo? If you have let me know how you got on in the comments!

All photos and words are copyright of Louise Dando & In Due Horse 2019.

 

Fashion, Lifestyle

Beat the January Blues with Boudica Equestrian!

Happy Monday everyone! Sorry it’s been a bit slow blog wise here of late. I have been a busy bee, but fear not I have been busy planning lots of exciting things for In Due Horse. So keep your eyes and ears peeled!

I must admit I have the post holiday blues today as I came back from a brilliant ski trip yesterday. But if you too are feeling a bit down – did you know that legitimately today January 21st ‘Blue Monday’ is actually the most depressing day of the year?!

Fear not my friends as I have teamed up with Boudica Equestrian (my new favourite shop) to change that for you!

Let me tell you a bit about Boudica. Founded in 2018 by Laura, Boudica Equestrian is an equestrian & leisure wear shop for horse and rider that stocks brands such as Montar, Chill Out, Hi Ho Silver & HKM to name a few.

They sell everything you could want as a rider including breeches, boots, jackets and have some very cool tee shirts too. They even offer a quiz on their website https://www.boudicaequestrian.co.uk/blog to help you find the perfect breeches. They also have very cool stuff for your horse and there’s even some things for your dog too!

One of Boudica’s pop up shops at an event last summer.

I was happy to collaborate with Boudica as I like to support small businesses, but also I also like their ethos as they promote ethical training & the practice of always putting the horse before your own goals. How cool is that?!

So be sure to sign up to their mailing list on their website to find out which breeches will fit you perfectly. If you do, you will be rewarded! Just use the code ‘DUEHORSE10’ for 10% off your purchase. https://www.boudicaequestrian.co.uk/blog

Lifestyle

Festive Fun With Our Furry Friends.

I don’t know about you but I absolutely love Christmas! I just love everything about it, the Christmas trees, caroles, presents, family time and of course all of the food and drink! But do you ever have amazing ideas that don’t turn out the way you imagined? Here is my comical guide to Christmas with our furry friends.

The Christmas ride. Now I attempted this once with my horse Stanley. I decorated his bridle & I had my Christmas jumper on. We went for a hack & I thought it would be all fun & festive. How wrong was I ?! Firstly Stanley found the tinsel so scary that he didn’t want to move when it was touching him. I did finally drag him out of his stable to go for a lovely ride but of course I was wrong again. Stanley was already very tense because of the scary tinsel but now everyone we passed in cars & on foot stopped to admire us & every time I waved or said something to anyone Stanley took as a que to try and run home. It was also very cold and my Xmas jumper was really itchy.

One Christmas I lovingly prepared a stocking for my horse Cassie. I got my mum to drill through a swede so we could hang it in her stable so Cassie could spend hours playing with it. I bought Cassie a salt lick to put in her new stable too. Both of which she did not get at all. Like no clue. She sniffed them both then ignored them for the remaining weeks I left them in the stable for her. I bought her some treats as well but she only wanted the mint flavoured ones and wouldn’t eat her dinner if I put other flavours of treat in her bucket.

Olympia. When I lived in the UK I loved going to Olympia before Christmas. It was lovely and festive. But my mum & I used to go and spend all of our Christmas money before we got it & then didn’t tell my dad how much we spent.

Donating to a horse charity. Lots of people I know donate to charity during the festive period instead of sending Christmas cards. So why not donate to a horse charity? Well I have sponsored a horse before and was basically taken hostage by the horse I adopted. Because I am far too soft! I would get newsletters and photos of the horse and hear all about how badly he was treated before he was rescued. Then, every time I tried to stop donating as I needed money for my own food, I ended up renewing my adoption but paying more than I originally had done before. I think at one point I ended up sponsoring 2 ponies, bought dog toys for the local dogs home as well as giving £2 a month to cancer research and running a half marathon for water aid! But in all seriousness donating to charity is a good thing if you can afford to do so.

Go to your local boxing day hunt meet. Its nice to see all the horses and riders dressed up ready for the hunt on boxing day. Its particularly nice to go watch them but then go back home and curl up in the warm when they head off! As when I went once it was basically a lot of very posh drunk people on horseback. I honestly don’t know how a lot of them managed to not die that day. Either by falling off their horses or drunkenly driving their lorries home! I’m really hoping that many of them had someone else driving them home.

The Yard Christmas Party. A very important social event as it maybe the only time of year you see the other owners at your yard dressed like normal people. You might not recognise them without straw in their hair or when they are not wearing jodhpurs. Someone you least expect will probably get blind drunk and cause a scene. But at least you can spend one evening looking and smelling nice and have a few glasses of fizz together. Then the next day you resume to being covered in horse poo and ignoring each other whilst mucking out as you are terribly hung over.

And finally going to the stables with your family, Christmas day is a weird day that everyone has more time (unless you are making christmas dinner for everyone) so I like to go to stables with someone that I don’t usually. So that basically meant that I’d go with my dad or my husband and freeze my socks off mucking out alone, while they sat in the warm car telling me to hurry up every time they saw me struggling to carry something heavy past their warm clean car. After mucking out as I was already dirty, I was always nominated to walk the dog too, and without a doubt he would either run off and be lost temporarily while I stood in the field alone in the rain or rolled in something that smells disgusting. It was never exactly what I had in mind!

So there you have it. Do you have any funny festive stories about your horse? Any festive plans with your horse that were more successful than mine?

Remember to join in our #induehorseparty and send me your Xmas pics to post on my Facebook & instagram story, so we can spread some festive spirit. Just tag me using @induehorse.

Have a very merry Christmas everyone and I hope that your festive plans do go to plan with your horses!

Lifestyle

7 Celebrities you didn’t know could ride!

Ok so my one of my guilty pleasures is reading celebrity gossip magazines. I just love reading about the lives of the rich & famous and if they have horses it’s even better! Here are 10 celebrities you may not know can ride…

1) Madonna. When Madonna was living in the U.K whilst married to Guy Ritchie she took up horse riding. She actually took a nasty fall that made the papers at the time as she fell from a horse she was riding that she didn’t know and reportedly broke 8 bones!

Photo- Coleman Rayner

2) Jamie Foxx. He apparently rode his own horse when he starred in Django Unchained. He reported called Quentin Tarantino and asked for the part and said he can ride and has a horse they can use in the film & they did! The horse’s real name is Cheetah but in the film his name is Tony.

Photo credit – FEI

3) Lady Gaga. Lady Gaga was given a horse named Arabella by her record company one Christmas (alright for some eh, I’m yet to receive a horse from my employer). She didn’t know how to ride and it was reported she said she just “grabbed her by the mane and rode her bareback”. She later bought a stallion named Trigger to keep Arabella company and has since bought two miniature ponies. Oh how whimsical!

4) Bella Hadid. When Bella Hadid is not strutting her stuff on the catwalk she is horse riding. She has been riding since she could walk and her mother Yolanda is also a keen horsewoman. Bella has also said that that she rides as a form of stress relief and to relax away from her busy modelling career.

5) Kaley Cuoco. AKA Penny from the Big Bang Theory is an amateur show jumper. She has a whole yard of her own show jumpers and even has some miniature ponies too. Smooshy, her first miniature even has her own Instagram account @lifewithsmooshy! I really enjoy following Kaley’s Instagram account, she seems really nice and seems to be a true animal lover and let’s not forget she has lots of gorgeous horses and dogs and a yard to die for! #lifegoals #iwanttobeyourbestieplease.

6) Johnny Depp. He learnt to ride when he filmed Sleepy Hollow. He had to ride a one eyed horse that he ended up adopting as it was going to be put down after filming. He has since ridden in many other films including ‘Dead Man’, ‘The man who cried’ and ‘Lone Ranger’. In many of his films it is him actually riding and not a stunt man. He actually fell from a cantering horse whilst filming ‘Lone Ranger’ as his saddle slipped. Yikes!

7) Patrick Swayze. I think everyone has fond memories of the now deceased Patrick Swayze from Dirty Dancing. But I bet not many people know that he was a successful Arab horse breeder. Patrick and his wife were described as ‘ horse mad’ and even got their own pilots licences so they could fly back to show their horses more easily when they were away filming.

Photo credit – arabhorse.com

So there you have it. Did you know all these celebrities can ride? Are there any other surprising celeb riders you have heard of? Let me know in the comments if there are.

Check out my other lists here.

16 Facts You Didn’t know about The Horses in Game of Thrones

My 5 Favourite Disney Horses

10 Facts About The Queen and Her Horses

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Lifestyle

My Horsey Adventure So Far…

The subject for Blogtober today is What was your first horse experience? Well, I am from a non horsey family and started riding when I was 5 years old. When I started riding once a week at a local riding school. From the beginning I think it’s fair to say I was obsessed! As a child horses were everything to me and I really did everything else in order to just to be able to go riding after!

Since then horses have always been a part of my life. I have worked at yards, I have owned my own horses, shared horses and ridden for other people. I started doing my BHS exams and got up to my stage 2 certificate as I always intended on being a riding instructor, but then life just ended up taking me another way. I also attended the British Racing School in Newmarket for a whole week, before leaving my horse racing apprenticeship because I just didn’t like it and wanted to come back to spend time with James (my now husband) and my horse Stanley. It’s just funny how things work out sometimes.

There have been times in my that I haven’t ridden at all for various reasons, so I will take you on my horsey adventure full of highs and lows and in particular introduce you to the most important horses in my life….

MONTY

The first pony that stole my heart was Monty. Monty was the first pony I got to know and he was a very naughty riding school pony. He was very cheeky and I remember getting frustrated that I rode Monty week after week until I became fond of him! I have fond memories riding him in my weekly lessons.

CASSIE

At age 12 I got my first pony Cassie, who I bought from my riding school with money that my Gramps had given me in a post office account. Cassie it’s fair to say was very bad tempered and often tried to kick & bite me or anyone else that was near her. That being said we had a pretty successful showjumping career at local shows, went to pony camps and even entered a couple of one day events. I always said we would stand a good chance of winning if Cassie was in the right mood! We actually entered one showjumping class (a weekly event that we had won the previous week) and she did not jump a single jump. We had to leave the ring eliminated at the first fence! Oh chestnut mares eh?!

STANLEY

My second horse was Stanley the horsey love of my life! I bought Stanley when I was 15 years old, he was a thoroughbred that had been trained as a back up horse for a local eventer up to intermediate level. He was 15.1hh but at that time felt enormous and very forward going! He was the sweetest horse you could ever want. He whinnied every day when I arrived at the stables. He was a jumping machine, I would just point him at something and he would jump it. Any height, any width it didn’t matter! Slowing him down enough to aim at the right fence whilst showjumping was a new trick I had to learn. Most photos of me jumping him see my leg swinging backwards as his jump was so big. If he couldn’t feel the stride he would just take off a stride early. He also had a knack for losing shoes! So the farrier was a regular visitor for Stanley!

Unfortunately Stanley died suddenly of a brain aneurysm in 2003. I was absolutely devastated. It was like a nightmare. The worst possible thing had happened completely out of the blue. The loss was immense. I didn’t ride for a year as I just couldn’t bear the thought. At that point I had planned to go and been accepted at Warwickshire College to do a degree in Equine Studies but I didn’t go as I didn’t want to ride anymore if I couldn’t ride Stanley. I actually ended up buying a house with James at that time instead and getting a job at South Glos Council which where I met Sue….

BERT

Now after meeting Sue at work she asked if I wanted to ride her horse Bert as she had two horses and wanted a hand exercising Bert, while she trained for BE on her other horse Spud. It had been about 2 years since my beloved Stanley had died and I had only restarted riding again to do my BHS stage 1 and 2 exams. At that point riding wasn’t fun like it used to be, I needed a purpose to get out and do it again and riding strange horses at a strange riding centre alone was not that fun. But Bert changed all that. Bert got my mojo back! And for that I will always thank him. Bert made me realise there are other horses out there like Stanley. I didn’t need to replace Stanley but riding other horses could be fun. Bert was another jumping machine – I’m now realising I have a type! Bert was just like Stanley point him at a jump and he will jump it, no hesitation no questions asked! Sue had signed me up to Berkeley and District Riding Club so we could go to rallies and competitions together. The first jumping lesson on Bert was fantastic! I jumped 3ft 6 on him the first time I rode him. I remembered that this is what I love to do. Bert and I had a lot of fun together doing rallies, camps and competitions. Bert was a handful on the ground though, I remember him dragging me through the yard on many occasions despite handling him in a chifney bit at all times!

TRIGGER

I shared Trigger with his owner Kaz next as I had started nursing and had moved to another part of Bristol, where I could no longer reach Bert easily.

Trigger was lovely. I enjoyed riding him around the vast amount of fields they had there with my dog Ziggy following us. Trigger had a gorgeous temperament and we just pottered around the farm being content at that point to being happy hackers and doing a few riding club rallies.

I stopped sharing Trigger and concentrated on my nurse training and the only riding I did for the next few years for private lessons at Summerhouse Equitation Centre.

MYA

When I moved to Toulouse in March 2017, I thought that I would love to get back into riding. I am lucky enough to only work part time now and a year after I arrived I was introduced to Mya’s owner Katie by a mutual friend. I have not looked back, I was happy to exercise Mya for Katie as she had explained that she had a serious injury a few years ago but had recovered and she wanted to get her back into proper work. I was pleasantly surprised at how amazing Mya is. Katie has trained her well! I’ve only been riding a Mya since May, but she is just fantastic. At the moment we are working on our flat work and hacking and I hope to start jumping her if Katie allows it!

Now I have never competed at any grand level or claim to know the most about anything horsey. However each of these horses feel like part of my family. Since I’ve started writing this blog I am finding myself going back out to horsey world and wondering why I ever left. I have done things in the last few months just so I can write about them that I should have been doing this entire time as I absolutely love it. I look forward to seeing what is next in my horsey adventure. Please continue to follow the blog and let’s see where we end up!

To check out some other amazing equestrian blogs please go to https://www.timidrider.com/get-ready-for-equestrian-blogtober/

Lifestyle

Female Horse Riders That Inspire Me.

It’s Monday again! But fear not as I am here to motivate you! For Blogtober today it’s our challenge to write something inspiring or motivational to others. So I have chosen to write about the women in the horse world that inspire me. Because Beyoncé said it best – Who run the world? Girls!

Simone Blum

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Simone has been recently crowned as Showjumping World Champion at the World Equestrian Games in September. This is a big deal because she is has sprung up the rankings very quickly making her victory a fantastic surprise to most people. Simone was German Ladies Champion in 2016, She only made her Nations Cup debut in 2017 and became German champion that same year and now World champion in 2018! Wow! If that’s not inspiring I don’t know what is!

It is also a big deal because she is a woman. In a sport where men and women compete against each other as equals. Simone became the first female ever to win the individual showjumping title at the World Equestrian Games. And what I particularly enjoy is that her horse DSP Alice is a mare too! Yes!! Oh and let’s not forget Simone is only 29 years old. That’s a lot to have achieved before your 30th birthday.

Lucinda Green

Photo credit: http://www.countrylife.co.uk

If you follow Eventing Lucinda Green needs little introduction. But just for fun I will remind everyone how awesome she is. A mega inspiration of mine growing up, Lucinda won Badminton Horse Trials a record six times on six different horses. However that is just one of her achievements she has also won Burgley twice, an Olympic silver medal, been world champion twice and European champion five times!! A true queen of the sport.

Charlotte Dujardin

Photo credit: http://www.charlottedujardin.co.uk

Dressage superstar Charlotte ‘The girl on the dancing horse’ started her career as a groom for Carl Hester but he quickly spotted her riding talent.

Charlotte was a triple gold medalist in London 2012 Olympic Games on Valegro. She also went on to win another gold medal at the Rio Olympic Games making her the first British woman to retain an Olympic gold medal title.

Charlotte talked publicly about her mental health struggles following her victories in the London Olympic Games, talking about the price she had paid in her personal life for the victories she had won in her professional life, which made me respect her even more. Top athletes make winning look easy. As most of us know it’s not, but I found Charlotte to be very inspiring being so open about the harsh reality of what it takes to be a professional athlete.

So let’s just stop and think that all these women had to start somewhere. To get to where they ended up they worked hard. That is something we can all do. If you set yourself a goal – go for it! Sometimes things feel completely unachievable & out of reach but they may not be!

I bet Lucinda Green fell off many times before she became a winner at Badminton. I read that Simone Blum likes to plait her horse herself when she competes. Charlotte Dujardin bought her first horse with money she inherited from her grandmother. They are just people too, and hey if they can do we can do it too right? Well obviously a bit of money and a lot of dedication would help too!

So, look at the success of these women and let it spur you on (pardon the horsey pun). We have got this girls! And remember -Who run the world? GIRLS!

Remember to check out other amazing equestrian bloggers on our Equestrian Blogtober blog hop here: https://www.timidrider.com/get-ready-for-equestrian-blogtober/

Lifestyle

My Favourite Equestrian Bloggers and Vloggers of 2018

I am new to equestrian blogging but man am I glad that I have discovered this world! There really is something for everyone. Whether you want tips and information, to follow competitors, or just get to know some other equestrians there are some excellent blogs to follow. Here are my favourites…

The Forelock Journal

This blog is great and it follows the everyday life of Charlotte and Hamish. I love the look of the blog and I feel I can relate to Charlotte as we are both ‘normal’ non equine professionals ( people that don’t work in the horse industry) that aren’t competing at a mega level. It follows their everyday life and Charlotte also has a lifestyle section that features tips, reviews and fashion to name a few.

Check out their blog at http://www.theforelockjournal.co.uk

Mud on My Mulberry

This is a great equestrian fashion blog. Written by Andrea who also owns dogs and horses. For me this website is my inspiration of an more stylish life I could be living! Andrea has a look book on her blog which gives you outfit inspiration and tells you where you can buy it. #fashiongoals

You too can be inspired at http://www.mudonmymulberry.com

The Girl About The Yard

The girl about the yard is on my list because of her excellent instagram stories. Verena talks about horses and anything actually including what is the best toilet paper! It’s witty and a bit of fun and she is in my opinion very likeable!

To see the Instagram stories for yourself follow Verena at @thegirlabouttheyard on instagram.

Diary of a Dun

Georgia AKA Porge blogs/ vlogs about everyday life with her gorgeous dun Barny. Georgia is very likeable and truthful, telling us about the high & lows of her day, which to be honest makes me like her more as not every single day is easy & good particularly when horses are involved! I particularly enjoy Georgia’s Instagram stories. Georgia is starring in this years Omega equine All Star Academy, so be sure to check it out. You can follow Diary of a Dun on Facebook & Instagram.

So, be sure to check out these amazing horsey girls! Also don’t forget that In Due Horse has a Facebook & instagram account too!

For more from The Forelock Journal & Diary of a Dun and even more brilliant equestrian blogs follow our Blogtober blog hop at https://www.timidrider.com/get-ready-for-equestrian-blogtober/

Fun Ideas, Lifestyle

6 Reasons I Love Having a Horse In Autumn

Autumn is actually a great season for riding. It’s not too hot or too cold. I didn’t realise how much I like this season until Blogtober. So here are my favourite things about autumn…

1) Hacking – I love hacking and it is even better in Autumn because everywhere looks particularly beautiful because of the crunchy orangey brown leaves!

2) Cosy fires – it’s not freezing in autumn but I always looked forward to getting my fire going. It’s so cosy sitting watching TV in front of the fire.

3) Rugby – OK not a horsey one! But my hubby is a rugby fan so I’ve become one too. I really like going to watch the rugby in autumn before it gets too cold. Toulouse is a big rugby city so we really enjoy going to watch Toulouse play.

4) Horses coming in – Even though it meant more mucking out, when I owned my own horses I used to love when they were clipped & came in for winter. Stanley my thoroughbred used to come in on 1st September before the other horses as he was a bit delicate. There’s something about putting down their beds and making their stables all cosy for them!

5) Clipping – I love getting my horses clipped. They always look so smart. I just love the feel of a newly clipped pony!

6) Halloween – as you get to know me you’ll know I love any excuse for a party and Halloween is no exception! I love getting dressed up, the trick or treating, the pumpkins and of course the punch!

What are your favourite things about autumn?

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To check out more amazing equestrian blogs also participating in the Blogtober blog hop go to https://www.timidrider.com/blog/equestrian-blog-hop/

Lifestyle

My Horse Mya’s Must Haves for Autumn.

I must admit I have it very easy. I share Mya with her owner Katie who is the best person to share anything with as she is so nice & so laid back. Mya lives out in a wonderfully big paddock with Katie’s other horse Jazz who is retired. The yard where Mya is kept is fantastic as they feed & top up her water each day. She is bare foot so no losing shoes etc so we definitely have a good thing going on!

Despite living the French dream. My list of autumn essentials that Mya cannot do without are…

1) Bot egg knife. I seem to be using this a lot at the moment! I might be imagining it but there seems to a lot of bot eggs around at the moment & I don’t know about you but I have my bot egg removal technique down now!

2) Fly repellent. You see a theme here! So Mya’s main problem in life are flies. We get horrible mosquitos, hornets, crab flies & horse flies in France to name a few. Bearing in mind Mya is also British she has adapted to the heat & everything else here in France well apart from the flies. In the summer she had to wear a fly mask, hood & rug as she gets so upset when she is bitten by any flies that she goes crazy, it’s like she is possessed by an evil spirit or something dangerously rearing, pulling & running away doing anything she can to get away. So Katie also has industrial strength fly repellent that smells like tar & Mya still always wears a fly mask.

3) A thoroughly good groom. Mya is malting at the moment so every time I ride I give her a good brush before & after I have ridden. This gets out all that pesky malting hair. It still pretty warm here so none of the horses are clipped yet, our winter doesn’t really kick in until November.

4) Carrots. It’s fair to say Mya loves her food! So I make sure I take her carrots, basically because I spoil her rotten & buy her love with carrots!

To see more of Mya & me check out our Facebook page induehorse & @induehorse on instagram too.

For more brilliant equestrian blogs also participating in Blogtober visit https://www.timidrider.com/blog/equestrian-blog-hop/

Bonne weekend! 🦄