Heels to Horses

A journey from the corporate industry into the world of saddlery

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April Giveaway Winner

Last month I launched the Lady Saddler monthly newsletter which will provide news, tips, special offers and anything else I can think of that my followers would like to know. Have you subscribed?

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Spring Craft Fair 2018

Today the Lady Saddler displayed at the Networking Mummies (Wolverhampton) Spring Fair at Bantock House Park

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Stewarding at a Fun Ride makes me want to join in.

Today I have been helping out at Bissell Wood Equestrian Centre by being one of their Steward’s for the day during the fun ride. It’s the second time I’ve done this particular event; once before in the snow and sleet, and today it was cold and damp. The actual working side of things is dead

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Where did April go?

It’s been approximately a month since I last posted anything on here and the one thing I can’t get my head around is that we are just 3 days away from May, how did that happen?
I have some news I’d like to share with you all being as it’s been so long since I last wrote…

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Week 10 of Olly’s Update

On Sunday we had snow again…bloody weather!
The rug’s are doing their job though and keeping the boys nice and warm and dry…however, on Wednesday the rugs came off and stayed off.

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Olly lying down

Week 9 of Olly’s Update

On Tuesday Olly had his feet done. Our Farrier, Ryan Darbyshire, is great. He understands Olly’s seperation issues and because Olly was only having a trim Ryan came into the horses field and he trimmed him there and then. When we arrived they were all lying down on the brow of the hill in the sunshine. Olly was so content where he was that I got his headcollar on whilst he was lying down and had to give him a gentle pull…

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What a day today has been!

I had planned today to be such a positive forward moving type of day with lots of leatherwork to do and social media and blog writing to schedule but boy did it turn out to be way different……Firstly, I had the dentist this morning, it wasn’t just a check up this time neither it was to have some x-rays, a filling and a clean but after numerous terrifying childhood experiences at the dentist I hate having ‘work done’ to my teeth……Then to top the day off I had to try and get one of our cars into a garage urgently which was proving to be more difficult than originally thought. To cut a long story short…

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Week 8 of Olly’s Update

It has been another week of feed, check over and run I’m afraid as work has started to pick up and the children seem to have more and more going on in their social life than I do, so I end up being a taxi.

Anyway, Monday (5th) was a special visit because my daughter who is 11yrs old came with me to visit the horses. She’s not as horsey mad as I was at her age but that could be a good thing, right?! We didn’t have her wellies in the car so she just had nose rubs with Olly over the gate, here are a couple of pictures to show you…

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Saddle Making Training – Week 1

Back in November (2017) I attended another training session at the Saddlery Training Centre in Salisbury…to embark upon the Level 2 Saddle Making training.
According to the City and Guilds Level 2 Saddlery specification I am required to make a pony saddle using a wooden saddle tree. The seat must be pigskin or hide, the skirts and flaps must be solid with knee rolls and gussets being optional. The panel should be a Continental or Saumur type and the filling should be wool only.

Here is my 16.5″ pony saddle wooden tree that I was welcomed with…

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Week 7 of Olly’s update

Week 7 of Olly’s update is very dull due to the aftermath of Storm Emma/Beast from the East.

In true British style the News stations were totally right. We see a flurry of snow and the country goes to pot.

I get it though, after living in town for the first 30 years of my life, I have witnessed people driving in snow conditions that would question how on earth they got a licence in the first place but now that we live out in the sticks, a flurry of snow grinds most traffic to a standstill and the only traffic we do end up seeing is eitherthe odd brave Artic lorry perservering with its delivery trip, a tractor or a 4×4 of some sort.

My sincere thoughts and praise must be given to the 1000’s of farmers in our country who continue to look after their livestock in this weather as well as help their communites to clear main roads and lanes…

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