Penny’s Survival of the Fittest

  The wet weather the Northern Rivers has been experiencing lately, is just a little too close for comfort for Penny Newbold. Almost exactly one year ago, our little farm was inundated in the very widespread Aussie east coast 2017 flooding event. Like really inundated. Like well over my head (I’m 170cm) inundated. It’s amazing[…]Read More

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Chestnut Mare Syndrome – fact or fiction?

So chestnut coloured horses, mares in particular, have a bit of a bad reputation. A bit like poor old redheads accused of being “moody”, “temperamental” and “hot-headed” because of the colour of their hair, the chestnut mare is just as misunderstood. Now, in my own personal experience (consisting of 25 years of chestnut ownership, more[…]Read More

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A Cautionary Tale…

The Riding Mum has a couple of two legged kids, a varying number of the four legged variety (horses, dogs, cats, chickens (admittedly not four-legged) and the odd rodent that comes and goes) and one VERY long suffering other half. Needless to say life on the farm gets messy – in more ways than one.[…]Read More

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Top Tips for Selling Your Horse

Penny Newbold has sold a few horses in her time – she passes on some tips to help would-be sellers attract prospective buyers… Top Tips for Selling Your Horse So you’ve made the big decision to find a new loving home for your beloved four-legged friend. There are going to be (hopefully!) lots of people[…]Read More

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Confessions of a Horse Riding Mum: Feeding the Family

Someone vaguely commented to me the other day, as I was handing over some astronomical sum of money for “god knows what” (as my darling other half would say) at the local feed store, that if my children ate as well as my horses did I must be a very good mother. I, of course,[…]Read More

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Penny’s Place – Babies

Never work with children or animals’ said W.C. Fields – but what if, like our Penny, you happen to have children, and baby animals… Babies. Whether the equine or human variety, nothing else can tug at your heartstrings in quite the same way. Or cause quite as much angst, stress and just plain terror, either.[…]Read More

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Confessions of a Horse Riding Mum: Bootfaced

When we first met, it was love at first sight. So beautiful, so long, so soft, so black. Those Ariat Challenge Field boots were my first pair of really nice top boots I’d ever bought myself (actually to be fair, I didn’t buy them, I did however put them on layby and told the hubby[…]Read More

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