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Little Brown Horse


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Loving the @bucas_ireland  zebra fly rug I bought for Rockie from a friend today - will definitely be buying more of these now for the rest of the gang. The snap clips at the belly are perfect for quickly and quietly rugging a wriggly mouthy 3 year old and it fits well and doesn’t move so no chance of it spooking him. Thumbs up! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป #bucas #flyrug #zebra #chestnut #thoroughbredsofinstagram #exracersofinstagram
Moment To Dream’s first ODE - how much do I not want to sell her now!! #racehorsetoeventhorse #ror #exracer #exracersofinstagram #ottb #ottbsofinstagram #racehorsetoeventer
Finishing off a very busy weekend of 3 events back to back with a long hack on the best boy. #hacking #exracer #exracehorse #ottb #ror #retrainedracehorse
After my last post I got lost in some reminiscing and fond memories. This is a photo from my first RoR class in 2006. I’d bought ‘Secret Harmony’ for £500 as a generic thoroughbred from a local dealer in 2005. I’d been to buy riding school cobs and found a skinny mare continually weaving and wind sucking, and so fell for her. She had two paces - vague halt and flat out gallop! It wasn’t till I researched her past I discovered she had raced. We discovered the @retraining_of_racehorses  charity, advice service and classes and never looked back!  I have loved every second I’ve spend part of this lovely community. I remember every class with @anne_walker101 and Dan De Man, @victoria.smart.391  and Differential, @fionaposhpooch , @wizzyw  and @teamlangmanshowing when we ventured south!  I was one of the first regional co-ordinators until work sadly took over and the reins were handed to @coverdale_lady! I have so many memories through the RoR that have formed my horsey career - long may it continue! #retrainingofracehorses #memories #showing #ror #racehorsetoshowhorse
Facebook told me it was 9 years ago today that we were at the last ever Royal Show with my original ‘Little Brown Horse’ - Persian Bandit. I took him on as a schooling/sales livery and bought him for myself within 24 hours! We showed in RoR and BSHA large hack classes and did a fair bit of dressage. He was super quirky and high maintenance - maybe with a decade more experience now I would manage him better, but he used to spook, spin and bolt which I didn’t find a pleasant experience ๐Ÿ˜‚ It did transpire however that he had some neurological issues from a past racing injury to his neck, which got worse as he got older and enforced retirement - I was worried how he would cope mentally with retirement but that was taken out of my hands as he broke his shoulder in a freak field accident. I still think he was virtually perfect to look at though! I see a lot of him (and his quirks ๐Ÿ™ˆ) in Naledi now.
Not brown! ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ๐Ÿ˜ฑ #stillaracehorse #soontobeexracehorse #chestnuthorse #thoroughbredsofinstagram #tbsofinstagram
Not wanting to wish the lovely summer away but I sweated buckets starting to get my winter hay stocked up today by buying it straight off the field and moving in the horsebox. I’m glad I’ve got an appointment with Andy Thomas @eventphysio tomorrow morning as I’m feeling even more wonky now! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป ๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ‹๐Ÿป‍โ™€๏ธ#summer #hay #meadowhay #farmstrong #equestrianstrong
Mo and Chucka enjoying a lovely hack last night with @jobankss - the flies were a bit of a pain but we had several good gallops - nothing like finding 4th gear on an ex racehorse to blow the cobwebs away! #bayhorse #hacking #thoroughbred #exracehorse #exracer #ror #ottb
It was only when I looked at this picture I realised it was raining when I went round the XC at Catton. So lost in the moment - I’d had a sleepless night thinking about a couple of the fences being quite big and questioning, but shouldn’t have worried as the little man stormed around and pulled up barely out of breath - and not even any sweat left to wash when we got back to the box! I’ve worked really hard on his fitness in the last 6 weeks and really pleased with the results. His quiet post event hack yesterday was 30 minutes of bouncing sideways, so he’s not feeling any worse for wear after an event too now! Now need to sort the rider fitness as I’ve gained some weight and lost some suppleness - I’ve been feeling like my saddle is slipping left, on two horses in different saddles. I notice all my recent jump pics I’m pushing my right hip way out sideways so off to the physio this week!! #racehorsetoeventhorse #eventing #britisheventing #exracer #ror #ottb #thoroughbred #eventer #catton
The retired lawnmowers spent yesterday sheltering from the heat and horseflies in the indoor school, glad to have some cooler breezier weather back today! #bayhorse #thoroughbred #thoroughbreds #tb #thoroughbredsofinstagram #exracehorse #exracer #ror
Chuckamental at Berriewood BE100plus ๐Ÿ˜ #britisheventing #eventing #showjumping #showjump #thoroughbred #exracehorse #ror #ottb #racehorsetoeventhorse #eventer
Spent a lovely couple of hours pampering Chucka in the sunshine for Berriewood BE tomorrow - whilst we waited for our amazing farrier to come over on his day off and give him 4 wheels to run on not 3 ๐Ÿ™„ After an argument involving cross ties and lots of cross words to pull his name, he fell asleep whilst I did this end.... weird horse!! #pulledtail #thoroughbred #tb #exracer #bay #bayhorsesofinstagram
The Ginger Ninja, “Space To Run” at 16 this year. She’s been with me the last 11 years mostly enjoying the life of a spoilt retired lawnmower! She’s so beautiful (if you can get close enough to admire), but not a sensible working brain cell inside those pretty ears ๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚ Shes the only horse here that isn’t bay; the last two times I’ve been purposely horse shopping I’ve had ‘must be chestnut’’ at the top of my list and STILL end up with brown ones! #gingerninja #chestnut #orange #chestnuthorse #exracehorse #thoroughbred #ottb #ror #exracer #veteranhorse
Walk to canter - got one of these in the test tomorrow, they are nomally rather flamboyant, like he is jumping an invisible fence using his neck for balance rather than his back for strength, so It was good to step back and work on my balance and make sure I wasn’t hindering the flow of the transition! #exracehorse #exracer #racehorsetoeventhorse #ottb #ror #exracersofinstagram #thoroughbred #thoroughbredsofinstagram #bridleless #nobridle #dressage #eventing
When you’re meant to be practicing dressage for this weekends @britisheventing event at Berriewood.... Well this was much more fun than all that leg yielding and fancy stuff! #exracehorse #exracer #ottb #ror #bridleless #nobridleneeded #britisheventing #racehorsetoeventhorse