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

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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

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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!

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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!

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Fun Ideas

My Ideal Winter Horsey Day

My ideal winter horsey day… well this fun to think about!

Well, for someone that feels cold all the time. I still love riding even in the winter. My mum actually could never understand how I coped being outside all day with the horses because I am so cold all the time! But I honestly do enjoy wrapping up warm & going for a nice hack on a crisp winters day.

So the first thing I would do on my ideal horsey day would be to have a nice cup of coffee & a pancake with chocolate sauce. (Why not eh?!) After that I would head to yard and walk Ziggy my little jack Russell around the fields. He loves coming to the stables with me, however he weirdly likes to come get Mya in with me but when I put on my riding stuff he asks to get into the car where he likes to stay until we go home again. Alone. Even when it’s 35 degrees in the summer in Toulouse!

The next thing I would do would be to go on a nice long hack with a friend. I love hacking early on Sunday morning. I love feeling like I’m the only one awake. The roads are empty and it’s still chilly. We are lucky at our yard, as there are lots of routes we can take that just involve riding through fields, so they are beautiful!

After I have finished riding. I would go home to spend time with my hubby James. I would love to go to the pub for lunch and have lovely roast dinner. Ideally chicken or lamb! I really miss Sunday roast dinners so much! The food in France is obviously amazing but I do miss the traditional roast on a Sunday.

Then I would curl up on the sofa and watch a film and have a glass of wine with James and Zig in front of the fire. So actually my ideal horsey day would involve a lot of food too! Haha! What would be your ideal horsey winters day?

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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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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!

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Bonne weekend! 🦄

Lifestyle

My Horsey Must Haves For Autumn

Ok so it’s October – winter is coming! Here are my autumn must have items, now as I am writing this it is currently 26 degrees here in France, so I’m having to use my imagination a bit!

1) Long socks. I don’t know about you but I’m a cold person! I always feel cold. I love wearing a normal pair of socks then a long pair of socks over the top of them that go right up to my knees. That way I never want to take them off as I am so warm! The jazzier the pattern the better!

2) My new Black Heart hoody. I have recently discovered Black Heart & I just love all of their riding gear. I bought a pair of their riding leggings & a hoody & absolutely love them. The hoody is so comfy & warm. Perfect for autumn riding as it zip fronted so you can undo it if you get too hot when you are riding.

Excuse the bags under my eyes. I got up at 5.30am this morning to drive my hubby to work. 😴

3) Moisturiser. I hate having dry skin but I always get it when the season changes between summer & autumn. I must have face moisturiser, currently I’m using one from Sephora. Hand cream , a favourite of mine is Hand Food from Soap & Glory and lip balm, I particularly like Bert’s Bees.

4) Le Chameau wellies. These wellies are the best! I love them! They are so warm and really comfy. They are pricey but I personally think they are totally worth it. Perfect for around the yard and dog walking.

5) Red wine. I personally don’t like drinking red wine in the summer, I’m more of a rose girl then but when the weather gets cooler it is lovely to enjoy a nice glass of red. Cheers to that eh?!

So I hope everyone enjoys their autumn! Don’t you just love the crunchy leaves & Halloween?! Tomorrow I will blog about Mya’s autumn must haves.

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