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Welcome to our blog page, HOOFBEATS, where we talk about the countryside with a main emphasis on training and caring for horses and ponies. If you would like to contribute ideas and information about your own experiences, we would be delighted to hear them. Please email to editor@horseandponyinfo.com or post to our Facebook Page, Horse and Pony Info. If you're into Twitter, you can contact us @horse_ponyinfo.

IMPORTANT - The opinions expressed here are from personal experience and we strongly advise you to contact your veterinary surgeon or your riding instructor if you are seriously worried about your horse. Prompt action is important.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Have you got a 'lucky' piece of horsey clothing?
When I was a teenager, I did a lot of showjumping. Every Sunday I loaded two horses into the horse trailer and headed off with my mother to local shows and gymkhanas. It was a lot of fun and if one horse knocked a fence, there was always the chance that the other one would go clear. Very rarely did they both go round without fault on the same day!

I remember one day, however, when they both went clear and, because the prizes for the grade I jumped for younger horses wasn't decided against the clock, we would all get a red rosette. Sometimes as many as eight or ten horses with double clears would line up in front of the Judge's box. This particular day there was also a trophy on offer. The one who drew the rosette with an 'x' on the back won the trophy. I was wearing my lucky pink shirt and was the one who took home the trophy. Huge excitement! From then on I wore my lucky pink shirt until it literally wore out. I remember the panic on the day it ripped across the back. I would NEVER be able to jump a clear round again!

I overcame this dependency and went on to jump more clear rounds but I never let myself get so superstitious again. There are enough things to worry about when getting horses to shows instead of fussing about the colour of my shirt!

In our Online Store this month we've picked a couple of T-shirts which caught our eye. Moon Shadow is so striking he nearly jumps off the front of the shirt and we loved the Evolution of Man ending with him or her galloping off on a horse. Both of these T-shirts are 100% cotton. For more info about them, visit our Online Store page.
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