As horse owners we all know that on some occasions, desperate times call for desperate measures - or that’s the excuse we’ll use anyway. Sometimes you’re running a little late and you have to spend a bit more time at the yard than you expected meaning you can’t shower before work. Or perhaps you were so looking forward to that lie-in but you forgot that it’s your day to turn out. So instead of getting dressed out of your Pjs you just put more clothes on top in anticipation of going straight back to bed afterwards. We all have our secret confessions that we try to hide…but are they really so secret?

  1. Picking up poo with your bare hands – stay with us on this one. You may deny it, but we all know that from time to time (or all of the time) we opt for this ol’ trick. Saving yourself from lifting the dreaded fork, quickly whip around the stable picking up every last speck. This way you can anticipate cleanliness for longer! (Make sure you wash your hands afterwards!).
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  2. ‘Perfume shower’ – Always. Keep. Spare. Perfume. In. Car. For those days when you cram an early morning jumping lesson in before work that overruns leading to a whirlwind of mad rushing in the aftermath. You leave the yard smelling slightly less than desirable and a lot more like horse and sweat. Therefore we recommend, if you don’t already, keeping a spare bottle of perfume or deodorant in your car. If you can’t wash off the smell then masking is the next best step (for all our sakes).
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  3. Dry shampoo – We all understand and are comfortable with the term ‘hat hair’. If, like before, you’ve ridden before work/school/a social event (definitely done that) then you may have experienced the classic sweat and hair tangled situation leaving your hair looking a little...well...greasy-fied. Enter the lifesaving invention appropriately named ‘Dry Shampoo’. Grease-be-no-more with this easy spray in solution for fresh looking locks. Also handy for when you haven’t washed your hair for a week and similarly to the previous 7 days, this is not about to change.
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  1. Weeing in the stable – Look when you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. We’re all human and this is just something you have to do…even when there are no toilets. ‘‘You can’t wee in the stable!’’ ‘‘Well my horse does it, so why can’t I?’’ Is a daily discussion we have with ourselves to justify the not so graceful habit. Just make sure that if you’re going to give in and go, there’s no one else on the yard who might make an unexpected appearance at the stable door…
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  2. Looking over your neighbour’s fences on hacks – We’re all a little bit nosy from time to time, we’re only human right? You know Patricia has recently had a new decking built and Graham has had his garden redesigned so naturally you simply NEED to see the end results. So you suggest to your friends a gentle hack around the village as sparkle has worked so hard this week in his jump lessons and deserves a calm, pleasant walk – the perfect setting (excuse) for a gander over our neighbour’s fences. Don’t worry, you’re not the only one. We all fall prey to this one.
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These are just few of our confessions (that we’re willing to share), we try to deny them but old habits die hard and we can’t see ourselves breaking these ones anytime soon.