My name’s Lucy and at the age of five I was bullied at school so my parents thought it would be a good idea for me to learn to ride, thinking it would help to restore the confidence I’d lost. They couldn’t have picked a better activity for me – not only did my confidence grow but it set me along a lifelong path that I’ve not looked back on.

That was many decades ago and in that time I’ve owned dozens of horses (as well as a number of donkeys), run a successful riding school and learnt a great deal about every aspect of horses in those years.

When I bought my first horse I realised just how little I really knew about owning and caring for horses. Back then there was no internet so all I could do was ask friends and learn from experience!

It’s for this reason that I wanted to help other people by passing on some of the things I’d learnt which is why I thought I’d create this blog, I wanted it to become a real factbook for new and experienced owners and riders alike.