An equestrian journey in outback Australia and more!

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Keep On Keeping On!

Keep On Keeping On!

A fractured pelvis, strained tendon, severed leg and weird swollen lymph gland cant stop my enthusiasm for horses so I’m pretty sure nothing will!!! What a massive four months of injury, heartache and healing we have had. Things can always be worse and I am a strong believer in taking the good with the bad...
'Splish Splash'...

‘Splish Splash’…

I tackled water for the first time with Oakley today… the first few steps were hesitant but with reassurance and persistent re-direction to face the super sized puddle we walked in! I got a tad worried with Oakley’s pawing in the puddle that he wanted to roll in it (with me on his back!) rather...
Back on Board!

Back on Board!

Forgiving of my wobbliness following 8 months off, Baxter and Oakley were both very gentle and kind while we walked and trotted around the paddock and arena, just like I’d never stopped riding! Oakley moseyed past a barking dog and wheelbarrows and got a bit excited about the whole experience but held himself together and...
Taking it Easy...

Taking it Easy…

The last few weeks have been dedicated to riding around the paddocks on a loose rein, pony heads relaxed, walking and trotting over green grass, contour banks, rocky outcrops and down roads. Oakley has been a champion with our walk, trot and canter all coming along swimmingly J Obviously I’m not riding Harley, but we’ve...
Four Again

Four Again

Kadill has rejoined the lads after 7 weeks away. He tested his boundaries more than I thought he could and sulked in his time away and is now happily tucked back in his paddock with his friends. All in all… we missed Kadill and after a little trail ride in the paddock today, we have...
To a New Home...

To a New Home…

I have been dreading writing this post… amongst the chaos of seeding on the farm, work, life  and squeezing in rides where I can I have  come to make one of the biggest decisions yet in my horsing career… Kadill has gone on a trial/lease for 6 weeks to a local, trusted horse owner who...
Is it a Bit Issue?

Is it a Bit Issue?

I’m a huge fan of smooth, ‘soft’, snaffle bits and think that if you cannot control your horse in a snaffle bit then you may consider getting your horse re-trained or even taking more drastic measures ie. Ride a different horse you can control in a snaffle bit. I have always ridden Baxter in a...
The 'Hot Head' of Thoroughbreds

The ‘Hot Head’ of Thoroughbreds

Today I set up a shade shelter next to the arena, the flapping tent proved to be a serious worry for Baxter! Baxter showed his anxious racing day personality, which comes out from time to time and makes achieving relaxation and focus very hard with him! How to deal with anxiety when riding a thoroughbred?...
Eventing Cinic Excitement ~ Aadom SHS

Eventing Cinic Excitement ~ Aadom SHS

An eventing day with a difference! Baxter and I attended our clinic yesterday, run by Aadom Sporthorse Stud and the amazing Allison Domney. The day started with the usual pack up and float load, Baxter was so excited we were going on an adventure he practically ran onto the float! On with the two hour...
Aadom Eventing Clinic Time!!

Aadom Eventing Clinic Time!!

I’m so excited… This Sunday the 18th March I have an Eventing Clinic at Brookleigh with the fabulous Allison Domney from Aadom Sporthorse Stud! Clinic Checklist: Jumping and dressage saddle Bridle boots for Baxter helmet Lunch Gloves, jodhpurs, crop Horse feed for the trip Rugs to keep comfy when we’re not riding Camera Mind on...
Yee Haa!

Yee Haa!

So… I’ve been a little slack on the blog front! A little re-cap of my last two weeks of horse escapades will cover all the fun! HORSING AROUND QUAIRADING Our first get together for the year was held today! A great day out to catch up about our own progress with our horses and share...
Flatwork Routines and Jumping Away!

Flatwork Routines and Jumping Away!

We’ve had some great rides lately so I thought I’d better do some updates! We’ve also finally got out to the jumping yard to get flying… some pictures just for fun! Ride 1 We started with a light warm-up and some bending to loosen up and stretch Baxters neck muscles and body. On a loose...
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