Tottie Blog

  1. Exam Revision Tips

    Exam Revision Tips


    Like many of you, I have exams coming up in the summer. I am sitting my A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. Here are 5 tips, I have learnt throughout my exam journey…

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  2. Carriage Driving

    Carriage Driving


    Hi everyone…So for me carriage driving is a way of life, I work with driving horses and have my own. I truly love this sport. I turned to carriage driving after my dreaded work experience week, thankfully mine turned into what is now my hobby. 

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  3. Show Ring Hacks

    Show Ring Hacks


    Whether you’re showing, eventing, dressaging or just want to look your best, theses are a few tips I swear by that save time and money (and tears!)

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  4. Kirsty - Diary Entry

    Kirsty - Diary Entry


    It's coming up to the end of April and I can quite happily say that I am pleased with what I have achieved so far this year with the pony. Ruby and I have been having weekly lessons and I feel like I have learned to jump again, in the short space of 4 months I have grown so much in confidence and ruby has grown in muscle and technique!

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  5. Managing School and Horses

    Managing School and Horses


    By the time you read this, many of you will be part of the way through your GCSEs or A-levels. Having done my GCSEs last year I can really sympathise with you, it is really tough, but I know that my horses helped to keep me sane during this difficult time.

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  6. Loaning In’s and Out’s

    Loaning In’s and Out’s


    Loaning is something the horse world sometimes overlooks, many of us jumping straight in and buying, others fear loaning their horse to the wrong person. Like with anything there are negative experiences and it may not be for everyone but loaning a horse is certainly something you should consider when looking to find your perfect friend or when having to make the decision to say goodbye. Whether you’re an owner or loaner read on to find out all the ins and outs.

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  7. 10 Types of Horse on a Yard

    10 Types of Horse on a Yard


    As the owner of 6 horses and a yard owner myself, I’ve come across a huge variety of horses on my yard and also from previous experiences! I’m very blessed to have a group of lovely horses on my yard, however it’s amazing how much their personalities differ! 

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  8. Differences: Horses and Donkeys

    Differences: Horses and Donkeys


    Donkeys have always been part of my life. I was used to having donkeys around long before I ever owned a pony. Donkeys are unique and adorable with very cheeky personalities! Donkeys, for their size, are able to carry more weight than a horse. They require less sustenance than a horse of the same size and have more efficient digestive systems so can survive on very poor quality roughage. Living in the UK, with all the lush grass, donkeys are very prone to putting on weight. Our donkey Bruno is often a little bit on the chubby side! The Donkey Sanctuary recommend restricted grazing and barley straw- our donkeys also have a little hay or haylage over the winter to supplement their diets.  

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  9. Improving Rider Fitness

    Improving Rider Fitness


    So with winter over and the season starting, I wanted to let you know what I have found has helped improve my fitness as a rider. I have been guilty in the past of focusing on building my horse’s fitness and that coming number one, whilst my own fitness taking a backseat.  The rider’s strength, flexibility and fitness play’s a crucial role in the ability to perform for both horse and rider. It’s hard to find time to focus on your own fitness in between work, horses and everyday life; however there are a few fun ways I have tried to improve my fitness when riding that doesn’t take up a massive chunk of the day!

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  10. 5 People You Will Meet at a Show

    5 People You Will Meet at a Show


    Most of us know the stress of a horse show, with so much going on you might not have much time to people watch and really take a look at those around you. Read on to find out five types of people you are bound to spot at your next local show. 

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  11. Juggling Work and Horses

    Juggling Work and Horses


    We as equestrians all know how hard it is to juggle life with ponies, whether that be school, work or kids. I for one know how challenging it can be. Probably the worst thing you your parents could imagine you doing I have done. University and horses was defiantly challenge not being at home. The way I managed was to prioritise what I did when home. I thought buying an unbroken pony at the beginning of the summer before I started my first year of university was a great idea! So when home I prioritised working with him. I am very lucky that my ponies live with me at home so I knew they were always well looked after and watched over while away.  

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  12. Ideas for Schooling

    Ideas for Schooling


    Hi everyone! As we’re starting to get into the lighter nights (and for those of us with only outdoor arenas, this makes such a huge difference!) and show season is fast approaching, I thought I’d share some of my favourite schooling exercises to help get you and your horse into shape and keep you interested. All the diagrams are roughly based on a 20 x 40m arena, but obviously you can adapt to what you’re working with.

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