Extreme Dressage.

The term “extreme sports” usually denotes high risk with the athlete risking injury and possible death. Things like running a marathon across the Gobi Desert or in equestrian sport the higher levels of cross country in eventing. So when my coach Belinda Trussell told me on Friday we would be having an “extreme lesson” I…

FOTD Red Hibiscus

I previously posted the pink Hibiscus and now here is our red one. HUGE flowers on this plant six to eight inches in diameter! Yesterday when I was leaving home I looked over at the hibiscus and I had to stop and take a photo with my phone. What an amazing display! They get regular…

Everyday bits and bridles.

This week the Lens Artists photo challenge comes to us from Patti and she has asked us to feature Everyday Objects. So here are some things that are everyday objects for me and my horse Biasini. First of all here is a photo of Biasini in his double bridle, so called because it has two…

Easier said than done!

Well done is better than well said. Benjamin Franklin I heard this quote from Benjamin Franklin the other day and it struck a chord within for me . In equestrian sport it is so much easier to talk about how to do something well, than to actually do it well. Sitting in the tack room…

Creativity in the Time of Covid

This week the Lens Artists Challenge is Creativity in the Time of Covid given to us by Tina at Travels and Trifles. One area of creativity that I have found during this pandemic is improving my photography and taking photos of things I do not normally take photos of. I did an online course with…

Happily Ever After-the Wedding.

Originally posted on HorseAddict:
“ I have found the person I have been looking for my whole life.” I will tell you more about that quote but first let me take you to the start of the Wedding Day. August 18, 2018.The day my daughter married the love of her life Thomas Matthews. 4:45 am.…

F.O.T.D. Hibiscus

The pink Hibiscus is blooming and it is my Flower of the Day! Such a spectacular flower measuring almost 6 inches in diameter. I shot these photos with my Canon 18-55 mm lens . I do not have a macro lens as I am usually taking photos of moving horses. But the Canon lens has…

The Shape Changing Half Halt!

Shape Changing. I am not referring to the sort of shape shifting seen in Star Trek. This is a shape changing that refers to the horse changing shape; coming up in the withers and engaging actively with the hind quarters. What is a half halt? Even dressage riders discuss the half halt ad infinitum, ad…

My Sanity Saver!

I’ve had a bit of an ‘interesting’ week so far. Now, let me be clear, I just mean somewhat stressful, nothing like what people in Beirut are struggling to deal with in the aftermath of their disaster. No! My problems are small by comparison and in truth I lead a charmed life. But on Wednesday…

Every Split Second!

“The quicker you can correct him in these split seconds he’s not going to get away.” This was the quote from my coach Belinda Trussell, in last week’s lessons, that has stuck in my mind. Belinda does not mean he will run off with me when she says Biasini will ” get away”. She means…