To Absent Friends

The other day I was just hanging out with Magic. He was soaked through and, unusually for him, wrapped in a cosy fleece rug as he’d come in cold and shivering. Not what you expect in July, even in the UK! After getting the phone call that every horse owner dreads “Don’t worry too much, […]

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Talent isn’t everything

Wild native ponies at home on Exmoor

I remember my first real equine encounter as if it were yesterday…  I was in the middle of my first ever groundwork lesson. A birthday present from Jo to her then completely non-horsey husband in an effort to help me understand why she spent so much time at the stables while I was messing around […]

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The art of classical gardening

I couldn’t wait to tell you, I’ve just come in from mowing the lawn! “So what?”, you may ask. Well, I know it’s maybe not that big a deal to you, but I couldn’t help noticing how much my mowing skills have improved in the last 5 weeks.

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Why oh why won’t you just do what I want?

Chloe – a horse who needed help to develop a nice topline

There was a meme going around on social media the other day that caught my eye. It went something like this: Other people’s horses: “Oh, is that your inside leg and outside rein? OK, I’ll just start collecting myself and getting into a nice frame for you and working on my topline. No worries, you […]

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Opportunity knocks (but rarely more than once!)

I’ve been thinking about opportunities this week. Back in 1995, shortly after Jo and I moved to Switzerland, we set about the task of getting ourselves connected to the (then brand new) internet.

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