Are you a passenger, or a rider? Or perhaps a trainer?

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I'll let you think on that question for a moment, and while you are thinking about the type of equestrian you are, also think on whether you are happy being that type or if you perhaps want to be different? Many of you will be the "Passenger type" maybe even without realising you are...Or perhaps you know you are the passenger type a...

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Don't dive before you can swim...

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I was reminded of this phrase in a chat with an endurance friend recently, don't dive before you can swim, or perhaps in horse riding terms: Don't gallop before you can walk.  Some might want that 100 miler, some might want "that special ride" and some want to win the biggest races.  Big goals are amazing, but often there i...

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The social licence for endurance

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Have you ever heard of the term "Social Licence"?   I came across the term recently, watching the amazing tackroom chat of my friend Wayne Garrick with his eventing coach (have a look: #tackroomchats episode 4 with Katie Williams) I realised improving our social licence, as equestrians, but also as endurance riders is for a larg...

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THE POWER OF PASSION

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I can tell you: there is no shortage of passion in Aqui and a lot of power as well. Though maybe that's not really passion but just testosterone, him being a young virile male.The passion I'm talking about is the passion for our horses. That truly is a powerful thing! What is it about these animals that make us love them so? We spent loads of money...

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THE GIFT OF THE GOAL (part 1)

This picture (photo by Ruud Overes) is so very special to me. It is the finish of my 1st 160 km ride in 2013. I was the only one to finish, we were 6 combinations starting out and I just had a few minutes of the maximum time allowed left to finish.The horse is Shadiya, a Russian bred power mare with plenty of stamina, but not a great recovery in he...

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THE CONUNDRUM OF COLD GRAVY

Can't say I am particularly fond of gravy really (something to do with not wanting different foods on my plate to touch each other...) but I know a lot of people like the stuff, especially here in the UK. Though I'm pretty sure nobody likes cold gravy. 🤔Cold gravy is stagnant, it smells iffy, it tastes crap, and it looks disgusting... (and it ...

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Horses on my back!!

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Do you know the expression "having a monkey on your back"? It means you have an addiction. Well, I wish it was just a monkey on my back. Suffering from multiple horse syndrome, I have horses on my back. And they are bloody heavy! Horses get a lot heavier on your back in the winter months... especially long tough winters like this one and last winte...

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Minding the mind....

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In this week of mental health awareness, I felt like writing a little piece to share some of my thoughts and experience about this.  What we all see on the outside is not necessarily what is going on on the inside. We try to look our best, act confident and pretend all is well. Social media is aiding that: don't we all select th...

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