Anyone with horsey resolutions or targets for 2013?

(49 Posts)
CMOTDibbler Tue 01-Jan-13 17:05:57

I'm setting myself some:
compete in a dressage test above walk/trot grin
jump a small SJ course
try side saddle

and the hard one: fit into some size 10 jods without looking like I'm stuffed in them grin

Anyone else got targets for themselves?

DolomitesDonkey Tue 01-Jan-13 17:13:27

I'd like us to get a new horse.

PetiteRaleuse Tue 01-Jan-13 17:15:31

I would like to ride again. I fell off and broke my back four years ago, but I miss it so much. Would have to be a bombproof plodder though, my back is too fragile to withstand another fall.

CMOTDibbler Tue 01-Jan-13 18:25:39

Good target Dolomites - I asked Santa for a horse, but alas, no...

Petite - if you go to a riding school that is also an RDA centre they'll have ultra safe horses, and prob be good at getting your confidence back too. I lost the use of my arm in a riding accident, and where we are now have been fabulous in getting me back riding

D0G Tue 01-Jan-13 18:27:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Mirage Tue 01-Jan-13 19:22:38

I want to find DD2 a safe,reliable pony.Mind you,that was last year's riding resolution too,and we are still looking.

thewashfairy Tue 01-Jan-13 20:11:46

After 2 years of not riding,due to the sad loss of my horse,I have just taken on a loan horse to be shared with the owner who will be out of action for a while due to having to have an operation.
DHorse is just coming back into work after having been very ill and recovering from an operation so we will be getting fit together.
Anyone have any ideas how to go about it?
We have to build up slowly. He is not back into ridden work for another 3 weeks and we are walking in hand in the school and out on the roads at the moment.

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Tue 01-Jan-13 20:32:24

Yes. Have 2 healthy foals this year, sell Alfie, try and convince DD to consider selling Skye, find a rider for Ducky, Get Polly going after she foals, ready to be worked, wean the foals next winter and attempt to sell our one too.
End next year with a much smaller herd and a healthy bank balance, so that DD can finally go out next year and finally find her own forever horse!

Pixel Tue 01-Jan-13 21:21:56

Get back on my horse and stop being so pathetic.

50BalesOfHay Tue 01-Jan-13 21:34:27

DH has agreed that we should buy a lorry. I am beyond excited grin

Butkin Tue 01-Jan-13 22:02:36

Help to get DD to RIHS and HOYS for the first time.

Try to find space in the yard for me to have a horse again before I'm too past it.

50BalesOfHay Tue 01-Jan-13 22:09:27

You're never past it, Butkin. Time for a horse for you.

Plomino Tue 01-Jan-13 23:10:56

Get big horse to the beach . And fill up my empty stable with another horse.

Quodlibet Tue 01-Jan-13 23:18:49

I want to find a way to ride more - I live in central London, can't afford to ride regularly anywhere near here but miss riding so very much. So taking any and every opportunity to get on a horse.

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Tue 01-Jan-13 23:45:41

Quodlibet, have you considered joining the Household Cavalry?

Quodlibet Wed 02-Jan-13 11:07:47

Hi Catpuss, I did look into that but I thought you needed to be in the civil service? I am self employed. Do you know different?

Wilding Wed 02-Jan-13 11:21:03

I really want to get more riding in- am also central London and was wondering about the same thing. Do you know how good a rider you need to be? I used to work with someone who exercised their horses and she definitely wasn't public sector but I have no idea how to go about finding more information.

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Wed 02-Jan-13 12:51:14

eek! i was joking! confused you need to be male to actually join! i didnt know they let people exersise them! blush

mrslaughan Wed 02-Jan-13 14:46:47

There was just an article quodlibet, saying that they were going to take non civil servant members for the first time, however I think you need to be invited to join by someone in the civil service..... Know anyone? I would ring and find out more anyway....

mrslaughan Wed 02-Jan-13 14:50:36

My riding goals are this - to start again - DH got made redundant 9 months ago - so I stopped 4 months ago, but found out today he has a job! My fav horse from the riding school (she was a working livery) is looking for a sharer - I am really hoping the owner will agree to let me be that person, do I can continue having lessons, going on group hacks on her and really improve my confidence.....

Wilding Wed 02-Jan-13 15:31:01

grin catpuss

They do let civilians exercise the horses but you need connections so it can be tricky if you're not in those circles (I'm definitely not!)

Quodlibert, the CS riding club sounds like it could be a good option if you want lessons rather than hacking- if you have any luck finding out more, please do report back! Where do you normally ride in London?

TheLoneRanger Wed 02-Jan-13 17:02:25

God Almighty I would love to ride Household Cavalry horses.

<<swoon>> <<thud>>

Quodlibet Wed 02-Jan-13 18:16:03

I don't normally ride in London, that's the problem. C London schools are prohibitively expensive (c £50/hr!!) and I don't have a car so can't get out to Kent etc where it's a bit cheaper. My riding nowadays tends to be hacking when I'm out of town/on holiday, which is terribly hit and miss if you are a proficient rider and dont want to plod along in a line. Its hard to know how to develop my riding - I've had thousands of hours of lessons since early childhood and was fairly advanced as a young adult for someone who's never owned or loaned - could confidently jump a course, ride a dressage test at 3 paces, work on an outline etc - so without doing something regular and fairly advanced I don't feel like I'm challenging myself really. A perpetual dilemma as I miss riding terribly!

TheLoneRanger Wed 02-Jan-13 18:20:11

I ride in Surrey, but you would need a car. sad

I'd be really interested to hear where other Londoners ride. smile

TheLoneRanger Wed 02-Jan-13 18:22:13

This is where I ride:

Safety standards are exceptionally high, and tuition is excellent.

Quodlibet Wed 02-Jan-13 18:29:25

Loneranger looks ace, wish I had a car sad

TheLoneRanger Wed 02-Jan-13 18:34:19

I really like it here:

They are a bit gung-ho about safety, but if you are an experienced rider I'd say it's fine.

It's not far from Wimbledon tube/tram/overground station; you can either walk or get a bus up Wimbledon Hill and you're there. Rides are on Wimbledon Common and Richmond Park - lovely!

Pixel Wed 02-Jan-13 19:18:57

That looks a lovely place, I love Richmond Park. I was trying to be nosey to see how much livery is but they seem to have forgotten to put the prices on the website wink. am guessing you'd need to take out a mortgage.

TheLoneRanger Wed 02-Jan-13 19:22:47

Yup. You would. grin

Sorry to have diverted the thread to riding in London.

My target is to make the time to ride every week down in Surrey and to really develop my skills till I can start jumping. smile

basildonbond Wed 02-Jan-13 19:58:15

you need to take out a (not so small) mortgage just to have lessons there!! At £85 per hour for non-members (and membership is full so you can't become a member at the moment) it's far and away the most expensive place we've come across ...

dd has weekly lessons at Deen City Farm in Colliers Wood (can get there by bus and tube) and that's £25 for a 45 minute group lesson - mostly children but they do have some adults and quite a few advanced groups (they do dressage and jumping lessons)

And for a treat she goes for a hack in Richmond Park with Stage Lodge Stables (more expensive but not quite Wimbledon Village rates) but cantering across the park makes her soooo happy!

TheLoneRanger Wed 02-Jan-13 20:09:28

Yes, I was going to mention Stag Lodge. Not so close to public transport links, though.


horsemadmom Thu 03-Jan-13 00:30:37

I ride at Trent Park which is next to Oakwood tube. Not prhibitively expensive off peak.
This year I will get a custom fitted brace so I can ride pain-free. And finally gonna get my own. I'm a one horse kinda person. I am too old and don't care enough to be the kind of rider who can get on anything.

Wilding Thu 03-Jan-13 00:30:58

I agree that most London stables are prohibitive- I had lessons at the stables in Dulwich for a couple of years, they charged 33 for an hour's private tuition though it's probably gone up since then. That was when I lived in Brixton though so it was easy to get to, now I'm in east London and don't drive so it's not really convenient. I go hacking in Wanstead occasionally but it's not especially picturesque!

I would really like to become a good, competent rider- I'm ok at the moment but can never really afford to ride as much as I would like to, have only been on a horse a few times this year (in Mongolia and Kazakhstan so pretty amazing riding though). It seems to be a vicious circle - the most affordable way to ride more is to loan/share a horse but you can't do that without a lot of riding experience. sad

Zazzles007 Thu 03-Jan-13 00:39:24

Yep sort out my financial situation so that I can buy a horse. Aka, get a job! (Damn you GFC! envy)

Croccy1979 Thu 03-Jan-13 08:41:31

Horsey resolution is to get good at riding my share pony and get her going forward nicely.

On the London point I used to live in London and rode a couple of times at Trent Park - it was ok but a very large busy place so not to my personal taste and there would be more than one lesson sharing the school which I was not keen on. Other than that I just rode on weekends away in Wales but really just pony trekking.

Last year I moved out of London to the Surrey Hills and now I have a ''share' pony one day per week. It's a lot cheaper than riding lessons plus I can hack / school do what I want and I get to spend time with her too as well as just riding.

I am only a novice rider myself but my share pony is very steady, and the owners generally around tending to her other horse so it's not as though I have been thrown in at the deep end. There is also an on site instructor at the yard so I can continue my learning. I don't think you have to be an expert to share, depending on the circumstances of the share.

Wilding Thu 03-Jan-13 11:13:51

Croccy, that gives me some hope- I think maybe I should actually focus on learning to drive so I have s few more options with regards to stables. Your sharer sounds lovely smile

TataClaire Fri 04-Jan-13 15:40:21

To actually ride my horse! He went lame almost immediately after I got him in July, and now he's better I now work too much and the weather has been too awful! Can't wait to use the nice saddle I got him and for us to get out and about!

I'd like to start riding again after over 20 years!!!!! Need to lose a bit of weight first though. I think the only thing that could carry me these days would be a shire!

Pixel Sat 05-Jan-13 17:06:24

Me too, got to shed loads of weight, including the half a stone I've put on over Christmas. I'm only 5'2" so it shows! I've got a new bike for Christmas but I haven't even fetched it from where it was hidden in my mum's garage yet, let alone taken any actual exercise blush. I did the shred this time last year but can't face it again. Will start boring calorie counting next week when dcs go back to school.
You know, shires aren't really bred to carry weight, more for pulling. A nice highland would be much better (think stags down mountains) wink.

PoshPenny Sun 06-Jan-13 00:39:47

Get my pony really up and together and going superbly and then start showing him very seriously. With a view to beating someone who made my life very difficult last year and also referred to my lovely boy at "that THING of Penny's" (it's beaten her pony several times I might add). Don't get mad, get even as they say...

bahana Sun 06-Jan-13 21:55:43

To buy a new pony for dd1 and to send all 3 dds to pony club camp. And to sit on a very old safe pony at a hunt meet and trog along quietly at the back

dazzling same here. Would like to shed two to three stone and then find some bravery from somewhere and go out for a gentle hack on a sofa on legs type cob.
Am 6ft1 so a shire is probably what I will end up on!!

Shall we check in later in the year to see if we both managed this goal??

Pixel, where would I put my legs on a highland? Really fancy a Norwegian Fjord, or a 15hh cob dd and I could share (once I have lost the weight and she has grown a bit) but at 6ft 1 am I kidding myself??

CatPussRoastingOnAnOpenFire Sun 06-Jan-13 22:38:00

You would be surprised where your legs go to on a highland. My mate Affrick is about 14'2 and built like a brick shit house. You would fit!
Or, try a suffolk punch! grin

Pixel Sun 06-Jan-13 22:54:24

Oh no, I have a tall friend who has a highland, he is as wide as a table so takes up plenty of leg wink.

Ooooh, I really really fancy a highland.... <starts to daydream...>

Will need to lose the rest of the excess weight first though, and get back into riding after a 20 odd year break....

Am determined to do it though, really would love to get back into it...

(and get a horse to share with dd...) smile

SkeletonButterfly Mon 07-Jan-13 14:27:45

I want to get a car sorted first, then find someone who is looking for a sharer somewhere around me grin

Shouldn't be too hard in bloody Oxfordshire! I miss the whole experience, poo picking fields, feeding, grooming, even mucking out fields. But I haven't ridden seriously in about 10 years - mostly plodding on hacks whilst on holiday and popping on and off random people's horses. When I was riding regularly I was very confident, would get on anything (including random gypsy stallion I found in a field once... - I hasten to add I was a lot younger then!)
I haven't lost my confidence per se, but I do need to get out of some bad habits (flappy elbows leg contact mainly) so I have got a Groupon for 2 lessons at the stables I learnt to ride at, but it's not cheap enough for me to do it regularly! Maybe after I have quit smoking I will be able to afford it!

If anyone knows of a share going, around the North Oxfordshire area, let me know!

CMOTDibbler Mon 07-Jan-13 16:41:11

Brilliant hearing everyones resolutions grin

I've been looking for a sharer, but all the ads are for horses with ishoos. Which is not what I need.

I think it's an excellent idea to check back in a few months and see how people have progressed. Gives you something to aim for ( or hide from)wink

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