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Saturday, 29 October 2016

5 Top Picks That Keep Me Warm

So, the dreaded day for every equestrian - the clocks going back! For anyone else working 9-5, this means you pretty much don't see your horse in daylight, let alone think about riding while it's light!

Winter can feel like a long time and like a lot of hard work, so I've taken time to look across all of my horsey things to pull out my top five practical items to help me keep warm & safe as the temperature starts to fall...

Monday, 24 October 2016

Two Years Ago Today...

Today, I look back to my time with Thomas, wearing a big smile, & while very sad that I lost Thomas, I'm able to filter out to the happy memories that we had together.

I wrote a piece about losing Thomas last year one year on, so this year, I thought I'd look back at our happy times through photos of us together....

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

Equestrian Blog of the Year 2016 - Vote for me!

I'm very honoured & very excited to be a shortlisted finalist in the Haynet Equestrian Blog of the Year 2016, sponsored by Mirror Me PR!!

I really hope that you've enjoyed reading my blog over the past few years, and if you have, please vote for mehttps://surveyplanet.com/57fbbe270fd7773010cf4632

Voting is really simple & will take less than 30 seconds!
  1. Go to the link above, or here: https://surveyplanet.com/57fbbe270fd7773010cf4632
  2. Enter your email
  3. Just tick the box next to 'Sophie Tunnah - Team Tunnah Eventing'
My blog was born when I started Eventing as a way for me to track how we were doing, setting aims, objectives and training targets in between to help with structure and motivation. Today, it keeps that at the core of its content, but also expands into the highs & lows of training a young horse, as well as some handy product reviews. I'm very proud that it has been recognised through this shortlisting and is a good kick start to only improve the blog further!

Thanks very much for voting and for continuing to read my blog!

Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Dressage Competition

This Sunday gone was our first competitive outing since our first one day event. I decided just to enter a local dressage competition, and while still low key, quiet and good for a still fairly green horse, it had plenty to look at. Nice bright shiny boards, flowers and plants in raised planters in each corner. It also had a shed at C for the judges. All good for Louie's ring/arena experience & getting him to see more, do more and relax in new environments.

I was actually really pleased with how well Louie coped when we entered outside the arena. Yes, his trot became very elevated and he grew several inches, but he gave everything a go! The Louie of last year would have been terrified at everything going on around the arena.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

easibed - does exactly what it says on the tin!

Since day one Louie has been a very wet horse, relieving himself every single time he goes in his stable or goes on the horsebox! He even takes a few pitstops during a hack...!

Firstly, I'm not concerned in the slightest - the behaviour hasn't changed since day one and is just one of his "Louieisms"!

However, after spending a full winter doing a full muck out nearly every single day, I decided it was time to try something new. I tried a variety of things to see if I could make his bed more absorbant, including:
  • Giving a baselayer of haylage to his bed for better absorption. This didn't really work, and made it back breaking to lift out the dirty each day!
  • A layer of everyday shavings underneath the straw. This was much better from an absorption point of view, but not from a time spent mucking out, and it almost increased it - separating the straw from the shavings then lifting the wet shavings!

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

EQU Streamz

EQU Streamz primarily promote their product as a natural pain relief, however they caught my attention (through some persistent Facebook advertising!) as a magnetic therapy for horses' legs, something I'm a firm believer in.

Louie doesn't have any issues with his legs, joints or soft tissues, however to support young, growing legs and to help me keep them healthy, I've always used my existing Veredus Magnetik stable boots while Louie was stabled for long periods, but not overnight, and for travelling.

So why did I choose EQU Streamz for overnight?
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