Another year and another list of New Year’s resolutions have been made… having pooled together a long list of our associated riders’ resolutions (see our recent news story), I thought maybe it was time I added my own – so without further ado, here is my (very) tongue in cheek set of my own horsey resolutions…
- DO NOT PURCHASE MORE GILETS
I don’t know why I have an obsession with this particular riding garment but I just do – possibly because you can brilliantly colour co-ordinate them with horse bandages and saddlecloths? Or perhaps because they provide somewhere to stash your phone when riding, which is incredibly useful? Regardless, I currently have WAY too many!
- BUY A WATERPROOF JACKET
The reality of my situation, which is that I do in fact live and ride in the UK and don’t have my own indoor school, should mean that I own a bountiful wardrobe full of waterproof garments to choose from for when the UK weather lives up to its reputation – but the reality is that I have none. Nice cotton bomber jackets in pastel shades and baby blue breeches, on the other hand? Yes, I’ve got plenty of them.
- LEARN WHERE MY ARENA MARKERS ARE
Having ridden for far too long and even having ridden actual dressage tests, I have to confess that I still don’t know where all my markers are. I’ve tried memorising rhymes (All The Kings Horses or something…) and drawing them out on paper, but as soon as I get in an arena, my mind goes blank! The same applies to ‘rising on the right diagonal’. Oh well.
- ENJOY MY RIDING IN 2015
I am going to enjoy my riding in 2015 – even when it is hailing, raining, or gale force winds are blowing and I still don’t have waterproof clothing!