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For Sale – Yearling Colt By Firestone

For Sale

Firestarter is a yearling colt by Firestone out of a Diversace mare. Fritz is a modern, elegant leggy type, with three athletic, off the floor paces.
He has a lovely easy temperament and has been well handled from birth.
Regularly wormed, feet trimmed he wintered out.
£3000 ono.
Please call Emma 07843585504 for more information.


Welcome Swift Bedding UK

We’re delighted to announce our New Sponsor Swift Bedding UK!

We’re so excited to be sponsored by this great local company who provide fantastic, cost effective wood pellets. Swift Bedding offer easy to use, highly absorbent bedding with fantastic customer service and reliable delivery.

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Mark Butler Gift Vouchers

Not sure what to get the horse person in your life this Christmas? Mark Butler has the answer it these amazing Gift Vouchers.

Gift Vouchers are available in any amount so you can buy complete lessons or an amount of your choice which can be used towards payment. Making them the perfect Christmas Present.

To order yours email

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Super Saver Clinic

Winter Training Indoors!

Make the most of this winter and continue training with out the distraction of the wind, rain and cold. All levels of horse and rider welcome to work from the basics through to advanced movements and test riding.

To be held at Saddlesdane Equestrian Centre on Saturday 21st November. Limited number of spaces available at £40 per 45 minute session including arena hire.


Saddlesdane Equestrian Centre

Ashford Road



ME13 0NX

If you would like to book a space please contact

To confirm your place on this popular clinic payment will need to be made in advance as there are a limited number of spaces available.

For Sale – Small dressage horse, with a big engine but sane brain!

Small dressage horse for sale, with a big engine but sane brain!

Dottie is a 15.2hh, 6-y-o bay mare by Scolari out of an R line mare. Totally non-spooky, she has a fantastic work ethic with three expressive paces and a super hind leg, she regularly hacks out and is good with all traffic, cyclists etc. She is working at Medium, with established simple changes, half-passes, shoulder-in and travers. Started changes and half-steps, she shows a natural ability to piaffe and passage.

Lightly competed this year she has regularly scored plus 70% in both Novice and Elelmentary, qualifying for the regionals at both levels in just 6 outings. She also represented Team Southern at the Home International at Hartpury this year.

Easy to do in all respects (clip, box, trailer, catch, shoe etc) she has a lovely, kind temperament and is used to children, dogs, chickens etc. She is completely non-mareish and is a pleasure to handle both at home and away.

She would be ideal for a young rider coming off ponies or for a smaller adult looking for a talented horse to train up the levels.

Home International

We had a truly great weekend as part of Team Southern, and representing England. A highlight surely has to be Hamish rolling not once but twice while being hand grazed!!!!!

MBD Selene was super, she tried really hard but just got a little stage struck in the indoor yesterday, but she finished 23rd in a huge Novice class of 40! Eclipsing me for a change… Mrs Mark and Scarduane Jack finished 8th individually in the Novice Restricted.


September Camp 25th-26th-27th Sept

Date For Your Diary
September Residential Training Camp 

25th 26th 27th SeptemberWe can’t quite believe it’s September already and we are just weeks away from our Autumn Camp. This is our last camp of the year so if you have been thinking about joining us and just not got round to it, there is no time like the present. This is a great learning opportunity in a non pressured environment( regardless of your ability) and as well as being a lot of fun!

For further information or to book your space please contact

Skinny Plaits…A how to guide

How to…a Skinny Plaits Masterclass 

People often comment on how beautifully Emma turns the horses out for events, as well as how perfect her plaits are, regardless of the mane length and shape of the horse’s neck. So we thought we would offer some top tips and helpful advice for “How To” create perfect plaits and further develop your plaiting skills. This is part two of our mini series, part one “A Masterclass for Perfect Plaits” can be found here.

The secret is in the preparations, there are some essential pieces of kit you will need before you start.

  • A cheap plastic comb with teeth
  • A small clean sponge
  • Bucket or tub to hold water in
  • Quality plaiting bands which match your horse’s natural mane colour
  • Some people like to use a plaiting belt to keep plaiting bands in

For regulated skinny plaits

These require you to divide the mane into small equal sections, depending on how small you want to mane sections to be.

Some people like as many as 22 but most people will prefer around 14.

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Start by wetting the mane using the small sponge and divide the mane into equal sections. The comb should be used to ensure a straight line is achieved when dividing the mane into sections, then use the comb to flatten the hair, then divide into three equal sections.



To begin plaiting pull the three sections down and plait tightly using your thumb to pull each section as tight as possible all the way down to the end.





Once you reach the end of the plait, use the band to wind a round the end of the hair, once in place tuck the end of the plait under, this gives you a smooth, secure end to work with.





I don’t roll my plaits when using bands to secure in place, instead I fold my plaits. Lifting the plait up and away from the neck, fold the plait, depending on the length of the mane, will depend on whether you fold the plait in half and then in half again or if you fold the plait into three.

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Repeat for the rest of the mane, remember to keep the mane damp, damp mane is easier to work with and helps improve grip.