First 10 of the Amazing 40 Horsey Things to Do

The First 10 of the Amazing 40 Horsey Things to Do is here. It will probably take some time to get through to the whole 40 but don’t worry, because there will be plenty of time for readers to offer their suggestions. Just remember that I am cash and time poor, but ideas and enthusiasm rich!

The following 10 are not in any particular priority order. Some of them are probably not wildly ambitious, but I hope they are all doable and will ease me in gently. I will do them when possible, during the next year. Exciting!

First..

1. Start Searching for a New Friend..

Looking to the horizon
Looking to the horizon

I mean horse friend here of course. Whilst my beautiful mare is still going strong in many respects, she is ageing and would like to rest more. Therefore the searching begins to find that new friend. Oh, where to begin?

2. Fun at a Ride for a Great Charity

This is a big one, because not only is it in the first 10 Amazing things its 10 years since I first did it. In 2008 I organised a Fun Ride for the Wales Air Ambulance. Next year I hope to replicate the event and the organising starts now. I hope to organise some add-ons to maximise the fundraising. Refreshments, obviously; Equine Car Boot Sale? Raffle? Horse bouncy castle? (no, only kidding). 

3. Giddy-up, Whoa, Giddy-up, Whoa – Multi-Stop Trail Ride..

At home we have people staying with us who ride across Wales. However I want to do something different, in this country we call Cymru. Start in Porthaethwy (Menai Bridge) ride home, over a few mountains on the way? Think up about visiting 40 Amazing Welsh landmarks? I’m yet to hit on just the right idea.

Eryri / Snowdonia
Eryri / Snowdonia

4. Strike a Horsey Pose!

I’m going to do a Photo Shoot featuring my horses and I. Probably to get my money’s worth I will have a few shots done of my family too, if they behave themselves. Never work with children and animals.

Horse, Me, Sky
Horse, Me, Sky

5. Get a Head, Get a Headcam

It seems everyone has these now and even though I don’t wish to appear as a sheep, there’s enough of those here already, I do see their merit. I then will be able to share my horsey adventures with you all more.

6. Saturday Night at the Movies…

The plan is to watch at least 4 amazing horsey films a month.  I’m thinking of seeking out the lesser known horse films. Big task I hear you say, well I bought a Amazon Firestick not long ago and having been busy adding horse films to the watch list. Hopefully it will be a subject of my future posts. So stand back people.

7. Drama, Suspense – 4 Page Turners

I think many people have books by there bed as some kind of to do list, currently I have Tim Pears “The Horseman” (I must read it). My plan is to read 4 equine related a month or books that help me to complete my 40 amazing horsey things to do – recommendations please.

8. Tightening those Abs

Improving your core is really big at the minute in the world of riding. I have a giant exercise ball in my that has been under risk of deflation for some time. I went on a one day rider biomechanics assessment earlier this year and to be begin with I kept up the prescribed exercises, but I felt I was’t doing them right and neck hurt so I gave up slightly. Then I bought an exercise DVD, but then the DVD player broke. Feeble excuses. Now I really need to get back to it.

9. Follow me Friends..

I have to admit that I’ve never been a huge fan of sharing everyday life. However this is different of course, because this is everyday horse-life. Therefore I’ve decided to set myself some targets, so help me out. How about gaining 40 “Followers and Friends” on each social media platform, Facebook, Twitter and the lovely Instagram.

Last of the First 10..

10. New Events for me

Olympia
Showjumping at Olympia

 

Number ten of the 40 Amazing Horsey things to do to attend (I mean watch – not take part in,steady on there!) 4 Major Equine Events, starting with Olympia in December! Years ago I used to go to watch Badminton Horse Trails, because I was studying in college near there, but these days when you’ve got babysitters to organise everywhere feels so far.

So there you have it

Some random suggestions, but I guess they’re personal to me. It’s a starting block. I’m really looking forward to these challenges. Let me know what you think, I would love to hear from you on newequineadventures@marchoges.co.uk, or search Marchoges on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

It’s raining here at the minute but I hope its sunny with you. Marchoges x

 

 

 

 

40 Amazing Horsey Things to do When You’re 40!

1977 – I was there…

Well just sneaking in towards the end of that great year. Red Rum had won the Grand National for the third time, the only horse ever to have done so and it was the first year that a female jockey took part. Both Charlie Chaplin and Elvis Presley sadly passed away, Elvis incidentally at one stage owned many horses on his ranch.

I arrived into the world with hair to suit the times that stuck up like the best of the punk rockers, into an ordinary family with absolute no connection to horses. In fact I was never really aware of horses, I do have a vague recollection of being sat on a hunter when I was very small and feeding carrots to a dark bay in the village. I also remember reading the The Silver Brumby novels (which is now described as a modern classic on Waterstones website), but apart from that it wasn’t until I was a teenager my interest in horses grew.

So what changed…

The change probably came from living on a farm, I think I thought it was kind of compulsory to have a pony, quite a few disasters with various unsuitable ponies and horses were to follow. I soon realised that I needed more knowledge and information on these unpredictable, noble, beautiful beasts so following many hours staring at a prospectus for a equestrian college in the school library, on leaving school I set off for pastures new to learn more about horses.

In between then and now, there have been many horses, numerous adventures and amazing memories. However I now reach a crossroads, the intended career in the equine world never really materialised, but it’s something I have never been able to fully let go of, so with my 40th year rapidly approaching I’m deliberating on whether to still try and pursue that elusive vocation or to keep it as a lifestyle shall we say, either way I have a lot of ideas whirring in my head of things I will like to achieve in the following year. 

The Big Idea…

I’ve tossed around ideas and suggestions, flung them from side to side and come up with I think with a worthy challenge, to complete 40 amazing horsey experiences to celebrate my 40 years on planet earth.

So far they will possibly involve me studying for further horsey qualifcations, a long distance trial ride with a 40 theme (40 notable landmarks, hills, pubs even?? – that sounds like a really good idea just now!), some rides for charity as well, attempting to do some new equestrian sports, visiting and spectating at new horsey events (starting with my first trip to Olympia to celebrate a certain Birthday!! – so excited), reading and reviewing horsey books and films and generally immersing myself even further to the world of equine. 

Here come the trickly bit many of these things I would love to achieve with my beloved mare, (known here as Khatresha) who has been my ally for nearly 20 years, but of course she is now getting on a bit and the big question is – how much more does she really want to do. Could I afford, have the time for another horse? I certainly could never replace her. I also have a young family to consider (who do have a pony of their own) so there is going to be a lot of time negotiation and organising; it’ll be fun to say the least.

Come enjoy the ride!

Therefore I hope you enjoy coming along with me for the ride, your suggestions of 40 wonderful things to do will be greatly appreciated it, you can let me know you’re thoughts by contacting me by email Marchoges Facebook Page, Twitter Marchoges Page and join in with my general love of all things equine. I will keep you up to date on here, with my lovely new name Marchoges, my posts will mostly be in English but occasionally I will delve into the langauge of my Homeland of Cymru/Wales, in any language I hope you find my stories entertaining. For now, Diolch am ddarllen a phob hwyl / thanks for reading and best wishes, Marchoges x.