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nickymoffatt

nickymoffatt

I am a keen horse rider and a freelance journalist living in Devon. I am the former editor of Horse&Rider Magazine which under my editorship became the UK's best-selling equestrian monthly.

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nickymoffatt

nickymoffatt

Moving from the rat race - the highs and lows
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Since : 12/09/2011

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The adventures of Black Beauty, part two

The adventures of Black Beauty, part two

So I have had Beauty almost a week now and I have to say she has been the perfect pony so far. She's been on isolation since I got her, so stabled down at the bottom yard all on her own. Although I feel a bit sorry for her (and she will get turned out alongside other ponies soon), it's been good for 'us' I think as we have had time to bond. In just
The adventures of Black Beauty - part 6

The adventures of Black Beauty - part 6

Wow, I haven't written about the little black superstar for two years and more! How bad is that? Well, worry no more because we are back to bore you some more. It's post the Rio Olympics and no doubt those who couldn't tune in to the horsey events are assuming Brambleberry Beautiful and I won a gold medal, seeing as I had high hopes for her more th
The adventures of Black Beauty, part seven

The adventures of Black Beauty, part seven

Charle Teton Photography Well, it's been a while since I posted anything - yet again. But no news is good news, right? It certainly is in our case. The lovely Black Beauty is going from strength to strength and has recently turned seven - happy birthday Beauty. I know this sounds soppy, but I love my pony to pieces, she is my world. Every morning w
The adventures of Black Beauty, part four

The adventures of Black Beauty, part four

Well, blimey, what a weekend it has been! Beauty's 'official' owner Jo came to visit and to meet her for the first time. if you haven't been following my other 'Adventures of Black Beauty' posts you won't know that Jo kindly bought her for me as a project to bring on and see where the mood takes us from there. I think Jo liked her and I had two day
The adventures of Black Beauty

The adventures of Black Beauty

OK, I know it is a famous novel written by the amazing Anna Sewell, who saw an end to the dreadful bearing rein that made horses carry their heads unnaturally high! But this is my blog and I have my very own Black Beauty, so this one is all about me - well and Beauty and, perhaps, a few other people, too. I watched the Olympic dressage coverage a m

The adventures of Black Beauty, part three

So Beauty has been in my life for two weeks now and I am learning more from this little mare than I could have ever imagined. Had I blogged four days ago I would be telling you that I am the worst horse trainer in the world and that I am making her worse. Because that's horses for you! You see one day she's great and I really think I am making prog
Brambleberry Beautiful part 7

Brambleberry Beautiful part 7

Well, get us! Me and Beauty are now part of a British Dressage Team Quest team! And guess what our team is called? I will give you a clue. The first word is The, the second word is where we live (on the outskirts of Chippenham in Wiltshire) and the third word is the surname of (in my opinion) the best dressage rider in the world. The Dauntsey Dujar

Life in Wiltshire with ponies, four years on

Well, I ended up in Wiltshire more by mistake than choice (don't get me started on my ex-boyfriend because that would sound bitter but you can look at previous blogs if you want to get an idea of the journey to where I am today). But I like it here and the way I see it is, if I hadn't moved here I wouldn't have ever met the gorgeous Welsh D that is
The Adventures of Black Beauty, part five

The Adventures of Black Beauty, part five

Things have been progressing very well in mine and Beauty's world. She now wears a rug, allows me to throw things over her back without believing I am trying to kill her and is lungeing nicely in a bridle and roller. When she arrived she had chronic rainscald, poor love, but it all seems to have cleared up now, despite a few tell-tale hair loss sig
Backed Beauty

Backed Beauty

So after a stressful week at work and lots of projects going on, what better time to back a young horse like Beauty? I mean I didn't really set out to back her that day, but after a little lungeing and weirdy type schooling stuff I decided to see what would happen if I just got on her back, so I did. She did nothing except turn her nose around towa