Friday, October 2, 2020

And on it's way for Christmas 2020 - along with a BOX set....

Not another advert?!

The latest book is out and is available through my other website Sarah. The reviews have been excellent!

Monday, October 1, 2018

From Sober Dress to Sturdy Boots

I have been holding on to this title in my mind for many years and have at last completed the book which is due to be published in mid-October. If you have enjoyed my writing on this blog, thank you for coming back after all this time, and please go and pre-order your copy of the book.

Heart-warming, heart-rending, and heart-felt, this is the story of my metamorphosis from lawyer to horse trainer. I hope you will find it funny, interesting and inspiring.

Copies can be ordered via this link: Sober Dress, Sturdy Boots

Monday, January 1, 2018

The Only Adverts

Copies of my book are available through my website: No Fear No Force

Details of the Bar Buffers can also be found on my website and they can be ordered direct by emailing me at

Sunday, December 31, 2017

31st December, 2017 Keeping Track of the Situation

Typical that on a day that I wanted to discuss something with Nelly and the ‘out’ ponies, she didn’t turn up for her breakfast. My friend Kate Walding has loaned me her tracking system which I am looking forward to trying out on Nelly so that I can find her easily when I need to and also map where she has been. Hopefully she will turn up tomorrow morning.

On the subject of tracking, I’ve made the hard decision to close my blog as I feel as if I have nothing useful left to say that I haven’t already said (many times) before. I’d really like to thank everyone who has followed the blog over the years and especially those who have sent encouragement and love through the airwaves.

The Roman God Janus is associated with January and is often depicted with two faces, one looking backwards and one looking forwards. I can look back over all of the work that I have done over the past decade or so with a sense of satisfaction knowing that I have changed the outlook for many horses and their owners, and look forward to the future writing my book and seeing where life takes me. You can still keep track of me and the horses through my personal Facebook page.

I am optimistic about the future of horses with their humans especially now that those streams of horsemanship that evolved during the eighties and nineties, once followed with unquestioning rigidity, are being subtly tailored to the horses they are applied to. It’s great to see that many of them have become main stream and that people are using a logic, and not just human logic, when training their horses. It’s wonderful for me to see so many No Fear, No Force techniques being used with semi-feral and nervous horses and ponies – there is a lot to be said for a feather duster and a soft scarf.

Please do the best by your horses, donkeys, and mules, and give them all a kiss for me.

Saturday, December 30, 2017

30th December, 2017 Send Me a Reminder!

Another lovely afternoon with Jayne Chapman, Reserves Officer for Butterfly Conservation and a useful reminder of just how sensitive semi-feral Exmoor ponies can be. These five, originally from Exmoor but via a home in Marlborough, are still pretty wild and very suspicious of people hiding with cameras or attempting, no matter how subtly, to herd them into a new field. They came through into a middle section and that's as far as their courage would take them. When your body resembles a little brick sh*ithouse, you can run through whoever is attempting to move you! So they've got the bronze age burial mounds for a short while before they are asked to move again.

30th December, 2017 Accidents will Happen, It's Only Hit and Run...

Another pony killed on the B3078 last night. I don't know whether the driver reported it and I don't know the circumstances of this particular event so won't comment on them - it's just another terrible illustration of what we are up against. I would like to see the law on "Failure to report" enforced properly so that the police and the agisters have the chance to analyse what happened and whether the driver was at fault before the evidence has disappeared and the driver has ...had time to concoct a good story. The law says that an accident must be reported as soon as REASONABLY PRACTICABLE and in any event within 24 hours. Most people read that as meaning that the driver has got 24 hours to tell the police. That is not true. The law was drafted as such to enable people to get to the nearest telephone box, to make sure that they and their car were in a safe position, to recover their vehicle and, if needed, to get in to hospital themselves. These days we have instant communication, so all that a driver needs to do is to reach a safe place to position themselves and then dial 999. Instead people are driving off, leaving fatally injured animals in agony in places that are difficult to locate after the event, and phoning (or getting their wife to phone up!!!) once they have reflected on what their story will be, how much damage there is to their vehicle, and whether or not anyone witnessed what happened and might have taken down their registration number, in other words, whether they are likely to be caught. This is cowardly and illegal. If the injured animal was a human no-one would think this was acceptable. "Oh, I thought I was going to be late for work so I got my wife to phone a couple of hours later. Not good enough!