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Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

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I'm Nicki Strong, a Hampshire based amateur rider - mostly addicted to eventing and ex-racehorses.
I also offer freelance equestrian PR and journalist services.

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

New blog: tendon boots to put the style in showjumping. Swit swoo! *Warning - may cause involuntary purchasing*
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/tendon-boots-to-put-the-style-in-showjumping

Tendon boots to put the style in showjumping

Tendon boots to put the style in showjumping

The OTHER kind of style showjumping - it's like regular showjumping only your horse is wearing these uber stylish LeMieux Teknique Tendon boots. If you're in the market for some tendon boots,...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Show days are meant to be fun but the truth is, it can actually be pretty stressful at times! Here are 3 simple show day saviours which could help make life a little bit easier so you can concentrate on riding>>
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/three-show-day-saviours-eventing-essentials

Three show day saviours; eventing essentials

Three show day saviours; eventing essentials

Eventers and grooms - rejoice! The quickest, easiest way to protect your stud holes. My other half Wayne is my 'stud man' (erm, I mean he does the studs when we're at events. Ahem) and there's generally a fair bit of muttering and swearing involved.

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Hot off the press! As promised - write-up with videos, tips, exercises and learning from the Yogi Breisner demo I attended at Sparsholt this week.
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/coaching-to-maximise-performance-with-yogi-breisner-sparsholt-college

'Coaching to maximise performance' with Yogi Breisner, Sparsholt College

'Coaching to maximise performance' with Yogi Breisner, Sparsholt College

"The mother of learning is repetition. With ALL horses - the aim of everything we do is rideability." - Yogi Breisner On 1 March, I attended a demo evening at Sparsholt with all round coaching genius Yogi Breisner - see his bio from the programme to the r...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

One for your shopping list! I recently put the LeMieux 3D mesh air half square to the test for Horsehealth.co.uk; it got a 10/10 from me - and not just because it's super pretty. Here's why>>
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/the-perfect-saddle-pad-6-reasons-the-lemieux-3d-mesh-air-half-square-has-nailed-it

The perfect saddle pad; 6 reasons the LeMieux 3D mesh air half square has nailed it

The perfect saddle pad; 6 reasons the LeMieux 3D mesh air half square has nailed it

It could be argued that I have too many saddle cloths. I'm not going to lie, I probably have one in every colour, style, fabric and variation you could imagine.

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Went to a really educational demo at Sparsholt tonight with Yogi Breisner - I took some notes so will write up & share some of his tips and principles

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Anyone else feeling like a right old glum bum? I'm exhausted! Thinking it might be the time of year and all the rain / mud! Ugh. If anyone has some spare mojo please send it this way.

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Ahoy hoy friends! I recently took part in the British Eventing Jumping & Style series and have managed to qualify for the finals - wahoo! It was totally different to how I had imagined it, so I've pulled together some info about the series along with input from a former JAS Champion, and Olympic event rider Vittoria Panizzon who recently took part.
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/ten-reasons-to-have-a-crack-at-the-british-eventing-jumping-and-style-jas-series

Ten reasons to have a crack at the British Eventing Jumping and Style (JAS) series

Ten reasons to have a crack at the British Eventing Jumping and Style (JAS) series

I'll level with you - I always viewed JAS as something that 'wouldn't be our thing.' I wouldn't class us as especially stylish, and we're definitely no speedsters. But this year, a lack of being able to practice jumping at home meant it was a great opport...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Happy 1st December! Anyone else have a serious rug collecting issue? I'm guilty as charged, and I've just added another one to the collection. Check out our review of the gorgeous new Lemieux Thermo Cool rug!
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/8-reasons-you-need-the-lemieux-thermo-cool-rug-in-your-life

8 reasons you need the LeMieux Thermo Cool rug in your life

8 reasons you need the LeMieux Thermo Cool rug in your life

No horse wardrobe is complete without a good cooler rug or three. I put the new LeMieux Thermo Cool rug to the test and loved the classic look combined with modern features which made it versatile, practical and stylish.

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

If anyone is putting XC boots on their Xmas lists, this might be worth a read. Blue and I have put some Lemieux XC boots through their paces and we were impressed!
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/eventing-essentials-lemieux-xc-boots-tried-and-tested

Eventing essentials; LeMieux XC boots tried and tested.

Eventing essentials; LeMieux XC boots tried and tested.

Cross country is one of the toughest tests we can put our horses through; they need to be prepared to gallop across varied terrain, tackle solid obstacles, blast through water - all over a sustained period of time, and with numerous jumping efforts right ...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

How can ventilated boots help keep your horse sound? I chatted to my local equine supervet to understand the theory behind it, and put it to the test with some lovely Lemieux ventilated XC boots.
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/ventilated-xc-boots-important-injury-prevention-or-just-a-load-of-hot-air

Ventilated xc boots; important injury prevention or just a load of hot air?

Ventilated xc boots; important injury prevention or just a load of hot air?

ightweight, perforated high tensile mesh meaning they are strong and tough, but still allow 360 degree air ventilation. For the past week, we've been trialling the LeMieux Pro Sport Mark III Stealth Air XC boots. One of the main things I've noticed is the...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

The renovation diaries! A couple of months after moving in, here's how we're getting on renovating our equestrian property. Not for the faint hearted, this renovating malarkey!
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/the-renovation-diaries-part-2-getting-worse-to-get-better

The renovation diaries part 2; getting worse to get better

The renovation diaries part 2; getting worse to get better

So here we are, a few months down the line, and a few quid lighter. Lessons learned so far? 1) Writing a renovation blog is a stupid idea, because there's always something to do and therefore not time to blog. 2) Whatever you estimate something will cost,...

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

Forgive me hay-net for I have sinned...no blogging for how long?! Shocker! But I'm back, with the first part of a series about taking on a run down equestrian property in need of complete renovations. Hoping for grand designs, and praying it isn't DIY SOS!
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/the-equestrian-dream-horses-a-home-and-renovations-part-1

The equestrian dream; Horses, a home and renovations part 1

The equestrian dream; Horses, a home and renovations part 1

The equestrian dream...I don't know about you, but for me I've grown up dreaming of owning my own property where I can look out and see my horses - something I always considered to be a luxury for rich people.

Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian
Nicki Strong - Headstrong Equestrian

December is upon us - much as I'd like to ignore it, there's no denying winter is here. With that in mind, I've put together the ultimate riders guide to staying warm (and stylish) this winter.
http://www.headstrongequestrian.com/blog/the-horse-riders-essential-guide-to-winter-warmers

The horse rider's essential guide to winter warmers

The horse rider's essential guide to winter warmers

Ahhh, winter. The time for settling down by the fire with a glass of wine and a blanket, watching Christmas movies. At least that's what normal people will be doing. Then there's us - horsey folk. Having a lesson during Storm Barney, poo picking in torren...