When Life Gives You Lemons...

  I've been sitting here on my computer with my first red cup from Starbucks of the year in my hand. Still with the high of yesterday's events of the Royal, I've been editing my pictures and writing a blog post about it all. It was a great day. One you can read about today right after this post.

  But because I've been away for quite a while, I thought it would be only right to write an update post first.

  Yes, I am back!

  It's been a while. Life threw me through a few very difficult experiences. So I stopped blogging. I wanted to go away for a bit and regroup. I kept waiting until I was in a better situation emotionally before opening up Blogger and starting to write. And though the more I waited I did start to feel a little better, I never felt 100% myself again. I still don't feel that way. I don't know if I ever will. But time away did help. I was able to clear my thoughts and reevaluate things.

  There's this saying that keeps replaying in my mind; you can be better or you can be bitter. I can let these events tear me down or I can fight and keep going. I can keep doing what I love and keep improving on myself. So, that's what I've chosen.

Pure Horse Sense Blog- Bath-UK with quote

Picture taken by me

  I've thought about writing on this blog many times throughout the months I've been away. I've thought of different topics I could talk about and brainstormed different layouts. I never gave up on it, on you. I knew that, one day, I'd come back. So, here I am.

  Now, let's get away from the sappy life stuff and start talking about this blog.

  First of all, I hope you like the new layout. Though it's not a whole lot different that the last, it is a lot brighter and clean-looking. Of course, I had to keep the teal (my favourite colour), but I got rid of the grey background.

  I also changed the social media icons too. They seem to match the layout nicely while still allowing you to find me on other social media platforms easily.

  I'm sure you also noticed the banner/logo has changed a bit. I added the P.H.S. initials to it because that's what I affectionately call the name of my blog... and it's also a lot shorter to say.

  What I have a feeling you might be wondering about is the posting times. The truth is, I'm still not sure about that yet. I'll try to post at least once a week, but I don't want to make any promises. What I'm focused on right now is just writing. So, when I find a schedule that fits, I'll let you know. Until then, follow me on my other social media platforms and subscribe to the blog. That way you'll be notified whenever I do post something new.

  Thank you for being patient with me. I appreciate every single reader who has clicked on this blog. I look forward to writing many more posts for all of you. I've already got a few more topics ready to go from things I've learnt in previous riding lessons... oh yeah I forgot to mention that I've found a new (and very good) stable to ride at.

  I think things are starting to move in the right direction and I can't wait to share all of my amazing experiences with you.

  So until next time, happy riding!

Safety First! (Quick Release Knot)

  As you can tell by the title, this week's post will be about the quick release knot. I think it's important for all riders to know how to tie a horse with this type of knot because it keeps both you and the horse as safe as possible if any problems did occur.

  When it comes to tying a horse to a fence, a trailer or anywhere else that does not have cross ties, a quick release knot is usually the best solution. This knot allows the horse to pull on the lead rope without it coming undone. It also allow you to simply pull on the other end of the rope to untie the horse for a quick and easy release just in case your horse gets spooked or needs to be moved quickly. 

How to tie a quick release knot

When learning how to tie this knot, I suggest that you practice without a horse at the beginning. Find a rope and a tying point and get used to the steps. It can be a little tricky at first, but just like braiding your horse's mane, your hands will become used to the movements and it will become easy for you to do.

Picture from:

http://passionforhorses.ca/tag/how-to-to-a-quick-release-knot

  1. First, wrap your rope around your tying point.

  2. Decide which end of the rope will be the one where your horse will be tied to and let it go. You will not need to touch this rope to make the knot (it will be tied around this end)

  3. Make a loop with the end of the rope that the horse is not attached to

  4. With what is left of the rope, pass it under the end where the horse is attached as well as the first part of the loop, but make sure to pass it over the second part of the loop.

  5. Do not pull what is left of the rope through, leave it as another loop (so you should really have only two loops)

  6. Pull on the rope where the horse is attached to tighten the knot

  7. Your knot is completed and your horse is tied up.

  8. When you want to untie you horse, simply pull on the end of the rope where your horse isn't attached and the knot will unwind itself effortlessly. 

  I know that this may be a little confusing at first to understand. Try referring to the picture above and the step by step instructions. Like everything, practice makes perfect. If you tie the knot and then pull on the end of the rope that your horse is attached to and it unties itself, you have done something wrong. Keep trying and you will soon be able to do it with ease.

How to use the quick release knot properly

  1. Make sure that your horse is tied to something that is solid. If you are tying your horse to a fence, make sure to tie him to the post instead of the boards because the posts are less likely to break if a horse were to pull really hard on the fence.

  2. Never leave your horse unattended. Even though he is tied up, he can still get himself into trouble. Some horses are clever enough to know to to untie the knot themselves.

  3. Give your horse enough rope so that he can move his head and graze, but not enough for him to step on it or get his head caught around it. 

  4. Don't make your knot too small. If your loops are too small, your knot may just untie itself.

  Once you have become familiar with the quick release knot, try tying your horse with it. You may find that it is a very useful knot for not only tying your horse up, but that it can also be useful for tying a hay net up or your dog up when you want him outside with you without having to hold his leash.

  As you must of noticed by now, the blog website has undergone a few changes again. This time, there aren't any new functions, it just looks a little different. Certain font colours as well as the background picture have been changed. As this blog is not even a year old yet, more modifications may be made to make it more visually appealing and easy to use for you readers, so please be patient with me. 

  If you have any suggestions on certain improvements or would like to tell me whether you prefer this background more or less than the other one, please do not hesitate to comment, email or tweet me. 

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  As always, I hope you are all having a wonderful week and I thank you for reading my blog as it means a lot to me. Until the next post, take care and enjoy your horses.