How is the riding, any tips for anyone wanting to get a horse?
Shameless plug, I have written a book on this, because there is so much noise out there about how to do X or how to do Y. It is called ‘So You Want To Get A Horse?' Available on kindle or paperback from Amazon.
My advice? Work out what you want, ask lots of questions – there are no silly questions, even when people look at you weirdly (that’s their problem, not yours), ask, ask, ask. Use other people’s life experience to better yourself. Oh, and definitely get the horse, it’s the best and most exciting (definitely not easy) experience!
My favourite thing about horse riding is the endorphins, the rollercoaster ride of owning a horse and that time simply stands still. Whether that is when mucking out a soggy stable, or cleaning tack (not something I do that regularly, I must admit) or just leaning over the field gate checking that they are still breathing and can survive without us. Time stands still and we simply listen to the birds, breathe in the fresh air and enjoy our time. And suddenly panic sets in because there is a cake in the oven, or someone coming for supper and we haven’t showered yet… you know the one!
And finally - what is the best piece of advice you have received?
Live in the present. For the now. Worrying about the future makes you live the experience twice, which takes twice as much energy. Worrying about the past doesn’t make it better. There is a reason that the rear view mirror is smaller than the windscreen.
Live for right now. Right now being the cup of tea in front of you, or the chapter in the book you’re trying to read – or even right now, putting on your Hiho Silver jewellery to finish the look so you can smash your day! Go you, I’m cheering you all the way!
Anyway, enough of me. Well done you, you’re brilliant. I’m very proud of you and what you bring to the world. Have a lovely day and see you at Girl About The Yard.
Thanks Hiho; keep up the good work, we look fantastic as a result of your collections!