Equestrian blogging - popping my first post cherry
Welcome to my FIRST equestrian blog post! Argh! I'm sure the first post must be the hardest so I’m just going to delve straight in!
I can't tell you how long I've been wanting to start an equestrian blog but I have been putting it off for one reason or another literally forever.. until now.
So here I am.
Popping my cherry.
Will I cringe to death and never post this? Most likely! But if I don't and your a real person reading this and not just my Mum...
I guess it makes sense to introduce myself properly..
I'm Kat, I'm a 30-year-old show jumping rider from the south coast of England.
After years working in the equestrian industry as a groom, rider, and ultimately managing my own yard where I produced horses from babies through to established competition horses, and rode for owners, I now have a 'proper job' and the horses are a hobby.
Now don't get me wrong..
The transition from working outside to being stuck in an office 24/7 was HARD, but it does have its perks.. My hands no longer resemble that of an 80 year old, I don't have awful tan lines for 50% of the year, I can thoroughly enjoy miserable winter days from the comfort of my cosy, well-heated office, and I have learnt the meaning of 3 magical words...
1) Day off
Maybe I'll go more into detail on this in a later blog.
But honestly, although I HATED it to begin with, I do love it now. And the best bit has is that I am at last down to owning just one horse!
It‘s been a long process of cutting down the herd (I think we were into double figures at one stage), but I sold my last horse earlier this year, and am proud to say one is most certainly the magic number.. For the time being at least!
And here she is....
This is Isla AKA KS Killer Queen.
Have you ever seen anything so beautiful in your whole goddamn life?!?!
The idiot, lovingly looking at her, is me btw... you'll probably see a lot of this type of pic if you hang around.. So there's at least that to look forward to if nothing else...!
Isla is a four-year-old, homebred warmblood mare, currently standing at around 16.2hh. She is basically my whole entire world.
Even the thought of saying the above sentence would have literally made old 'hardened equestrian' me want to vom in my mouth. I've definitely turned wet.
But I'm perfectly OK with it.
Anyway, the bottom line is that Isla is great.
Honestly, the fact that she has made it to the ripe old age of four, genuinely still baffles me.
She was a NIGHTMARE as a youngster and tried to die on me a couple of times which I will go into further detail on in future posts otherwise this will turn into an essay!
Hopefully now, I would like to think she has come to realise that her show name (Killer Queen) is just that.
And not an instruction on how to go about her daily life. Well, I hope so anyway because I'm not forking out for any more astronomical vets bills!
Isla is an absolute sweetheart (apart from at dinner time) she was the easiest horse I’ve ever broken in, always tries her heart out, and so far (touch wood) has been a total dream boat.. although I’m sure we will have some sort of terrible teens phase at some stage!
My plan is to produce her for showjumping, I would love to do some age classes with her, and generally see how far we go, although I haven't competed a horse since 2017, so to say I'm going to be a bit rusty is an understatement!
What can you expect from future posts?
I mean, its anyone's guess at this stage!
Here's my list of things I want to share with you:
- I‘ll be keeping you up to date with how Isla is getting on with being produced for showjumping.
- I’ll give you some tips, tricks and exercises that I have learnt along the way and that I have found to work for training young horses.
- I’ll share stories on my previous experiences. These could be funny stories from my grooming days, advice for working in the horse world, things I have learnt along the way, running a yard, riding for owners, breeding etc etc etc!
- Product reviews. Finally, my shopping addiction could come to some good use! I will always be 100% brutally honest with anything I review, so if there is anything specifically you see me use that you want my opinion on, please do ask!
- Guest posts and interviews. This could be from people I know from the horse world, their experiences and advice, fellow bloggers, even you guys if your up for it?!
- Maybe even dabble in a bit of fitness and lifestyle stuff. Obviously specifically for us horsey girls.
And basically anything else I think could be fun or interesting!
So how did I do?!
I hope this first post gives you a bit of insight into what to expect from me..
I'd love to hear from you so please do get in touch. Tell me if there's anything you want to hear about and if you have had any similar experiences, or stories you want to share, any comments on what I'm writing about (please be nice!)
Anyway, that's it for my first equestrian blog post... That wasn't so bad!
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