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Horse Munching Time

You may not know this, but horses are trickle feeders. They eat slowly and methodically. They eat all of the time, and should not be left without something to eat – forage – grass or hay/haylage for more than 8 hours.

Horses’ bodies don’t allow for any massive influx of feed – like we humans can cope with, they cannot deal with massive meals of rich food. With their traditional method of eating being berries and leaves, from when they roamed around the forest back in time – their bodies have not adapted for the rich foods we give them now.

To support this, there is proof in the pudding of some food management issues – colic, coughing, ‘runny poo’ and eroding teeth.

Another fact to support this, one of the 10 rules of feeding says to feed horses to their condition, ability and physique. Don’t feed a race horse something that would be good for ulcers, if they don’t have ulcers… a bit like paracetamol for us – when we are not in pain.

Similarly, one should change their horse’s diet slowly, if you need to change each item of their meal, change one thing at a time, rather than everything straight away. That said, make sure you reduce quantities slowly to allow the body to deal with the feed concentrates change.

Another result of feed management issues is laminitis. This is caused by not being able to break down the starch in grass – as grass isn’t the food originally designed for them… but this another blog post!

Horses should have food 24 hours a day, that said, horses don’t necessarily eat all of the time. But food should be available 24/7. Poor management = poor horse welfare!

What do you wish you could graze on all day long?

I’m definitely chocolate and freshly toasted toast with melted butter. Together also works for me too!

Fresh Air

Now, the title ‘Fresh Air’ could bring up lots of ideas for what I am going to write about – dog walking, smoking, London life – please note, most of those require the title to be said with a bit of tongue in cheek!

Fresh air is quite regularly associated with living in the countryside, and to be honest, it is quite true. You certainly notice when there is a bad smell quicker!

But the other element from living in the countryside is the ability to get out into the open, get into the breeze, get into the rain… and enjoy yourself.

Ways to do that can be:

#1: Walk to the Pub

Walking to the pub, it helps you burn calories before adding to them again, you get the fresh rosy cheek feeling and most of all, you don’t have to drive!

#2: Change of Scene

If you are stuck inside working away, or you cannot get out of bed for whatever reason, be it illness or fatigue – a walk or just sitting on a chair outside – does you wonders. Just the movement of clean air and the sound of the birds lifts anyone’s spirits. Winter makes this harder, but is still as good for the soul!

#3: Dog Walks. 

You have to do them,  you don’t want poo in your house after all, but you cannot be bothered to leave Netflix, but you’re also hungry and grumpy. You have to go, and on return, you feel a million £££. It is ridiculous how good it is.

And it comes free with leaving the house!

The countryside, for me, is the absolute dream. I just need my aga

What are your feelings about ‘Fresh Air’ and what does it mean to you? 

 

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Facebook – should you? shouldn’t you?

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Facebook is always changing. The algorithm changes quicker than I shower, and the updates are getting ridiculous. Not even I can keep up with the stories on Facebook and the stories on Instagram. To be honest, Instagram is my jam.

Facebook used to be the place to be, you’d get the crazy status (I was one of them!), the constant photo poster, the one who always wanted to make their lives seem the worst, and the one who always looked the best and was always on holiday.

It’s not like that anymore, it’s more businesses trying to crack the most amount of engagement, be the most interesting and groups being riddled with people getting excited about things they have in common.

All in all, it is a great way to network, a great way to be on top of the times and a great way to keep in touch with people.

I struggle with it for 3 reasons though.

#1: Too much at one time.

You cannot read everything that pops up in the 10 seconds you first get to your homepage and then it refreshes, creating a rather frustrating few minutes. More often than not I come off Facebook being annoyed than enthralled – for that reason!

#2: Changes

The aforementioned algorithm that constantly is changing, it gets me confused, and quite honestly I don’t think even the brightest of Facebook Bots know what it is all about.

#3: Lack of Friend’s updates

I don’t see any of my friends updates on it anymore, as it is fully driven by the groups I am apart of. This is good, because they are all horse driven and it is good food for thought, but also difficult to get to the juicy parts!

However, I enjoy Facebook because it gets you thinking, it keeps you on your toes, and you have more space to write about things than Instagram and Twitter!

Keep me on my toes Facebook Algorithm! 

 

Don’t do it if you’re not 100% into it.

Imagine you can’t talk and you can’t understand all the noises around you – ever. Apart from routinely instigated ones – like food time or being allowed out of stable.

Then imagine someone getting onto your back, asking you to do something – but in a half hearted way – without clear instructions. You try. But then they hit you, shout at you, jab at you because you didn’t understand. You didn’t understand their half hearted attempt at telling you what to do.

Now imagine you’re at home, you speak the language around you, and you can understand what’s going on in your surroundings. Someone has asked you ‘please can you get me a glass of water’ – sure, you oblige. Passing it to them, you get a glare and then you get shouted at. ‘That wasn’t the right glass’ ‘it’s not cold enough’ ‘try and get it right sometimes’ ‘I don’t know why I bothered asking you’ ‘you’re rubbish’. You understand these, you understand that it’s through poor communication and that’s why you didn’t get it right.

Your horse doesn’t understand why they get it wrong. Your horse doesn’t comprehend why today you’re angry, you’re jabbing them in the body for trotting at the speed that you ‘asked for’. Imagine you didn’t know what was going on and someone tried to get at you for something you don’t comprehend. You don’t know why, or how to rectify it.

If your mind isn’t in the game, don’t bother. You’ll only end up with a confused horse, and yourself being frustrated. Why didn’t they do what I wanted? Why did they prat around? Why did he bronk when I whipped him for the 3rd in a row?

Think of life as him. He was clear instructions. With clear instructions, he knows what you want.

Don’t risk it all because you ‘have to’. No one says you have to ride. You don’t have to school your horse – you can leave him to be a horse or you could just go for a hack.

Short term love and consideration = long term success!!

Now… think long term rather than short time. Love rather than fight!

Driving Issues in the Countryside

So you want to go out for supper, either to the pub or to your friends, you automatically just order a taxi for when you wish to come; or an Uber if you are in the city.

Oh by joe, that is a nice luxury!

In the countryside, admittedly you can usually walk to your nearest pub and so the threat of the drive is not always the case, but for us, where we live now; someone has to drive. Someone can only have one drink and someone always gets tired before the other.

Now is this an issue? or is the price of the taxi an issue?

If we got a taxi from us, for about 20 miles radius, it would cost us near enough £40 to get home… £40, that is totally worth not drinking for!

Obviously neither of us are alcoholics and can easily go without a drink, but a nice drink with the meal, or 3 can be rather nice on a Friday. This also results in our date nights either being at home, or one drinking… as you can expect.

I think that it is a good method of breaking you into not having to drink when you go for supper… that said, I am reluctant to be the one not drinking sometimes. I am just too into my Rhubarb G&Ts!!

If you live in the countryside, how do you manage the not drinking for one of you task? Do you rope in a child to do the driving? or do you pay for taxi…

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However, needless to say, this issue is not enough to encourage or force me to move to the city… nope, I am very much enjoying my coin flipping to find out if I get to have a G&T or not…

What are your taxi issues?! 

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