For this month’s Inspo Interview I would like to introduce Poppy from Young Hip and Horsey. Poppy is an Equestrian blogger & I have been following Poppy’s blog for a few months now and find her very inspiring. Poppy had a total hip replacement in June 2018 at the age of 26 and her blog is about her recovery and return to riding after her operation.
1) What inspired you to start your blog Young Hip and Horsey?
Strangely it was my mum who first suggested I start a blog about my hip replacement recovery. We both thought that a record of the experience of having a hip replacement at such a young age with a view to getting back to an active hobby might be useful to other people who might face a similar situation. I also saw the potential for my blog to be of interest to other riders, perhaps those who, like me, only started riding as adults, enjoy coloured cobs or have dressage ambitions but are really starting from scratch! As soon as I started writing and creating images to use for my blog, I was hooked. I was already keen on photography and my personal Instagram and Facebook accounts were full of pictures of my beloved Pea. I had been keen on writing when I was younger, writing many many stories, but rediscovered my love for the written word when blogging gave me a purpose.
2) Who do you look to for inspiration and why?
When I decided that dressage was my chosen discipline I dived straight into the Youtube archive of Charlotte (Dujardin) and Valegro videos. I feel like you can’t NOT be inspired by her success, she has changed the face of dressage in this country forever and has achieved so much at such a young age. After reading her book I’ve been even more inspired by the journey she has been on to get to where she is today. Another young, female role model I look to for inspiration is Olivia Towers. She is a professional rider who creates very real videos, podcasts and social media content about the highs and lows of training her horses. She is passionate about having a positive mindset and encouraging others to improve and develop. I love that you can gain an insight into high level dressage through her content and she definitely offers tips and tricks that can be taken away even as a relative beginner in the riding and dressage world.
3) What would you say is your biggest achievement to date?
This is a really tricky one for me as I feel like since my hip replacement (in June 2018) each month has brought a new ‘biggest achievement’ in terms of both my recovery and my riding. Ditching the crutches completely by 2 months post op and getting on Pea at 10 weeks post op were massive! My first lesson with my new hip in November (and each lesson since then) was also incredible. If I had to chose just one achievement it would have to be the competition we did in January. Even before my operation I had never been to a dressage competition away from home, I had never competed without people from my yard around and I had never competed in an indoor arena. In January, for my first competition post hip replacement, I did all of these things! I also did it relatively confidently and confidence has been a real issue for me in the past, particularly in terms of competing.
4) What would be the best piece of advice you could give someone who is feeling a bit uninspired at the moment?
I’m quite keen on inspirational quotes because I think sometimes we all need a reminder to be positive and a catalyst to motivate ourselves. I post quotes on my Instagram every Monday so I have plenty of motivational messages and advice in my mental bank but I think the best piece of advice I could give right now is that ‘dreams don’t work unless you do’. If you are feeling uninspired just think about what it is you want to achieve, then you can work out what you need to do to reach that goal and do it! I think you always need something to work towards but equally, goals need to be achievable and measurable. Breaking overarching goals into smaller pieces make them more manageable and therefore you are more likely to achieve. Making goals is, of course, the first step and then the hard work starts!
5) What are your plans this year & what do you hope to achieve?
The equine flu scare has put a slight pause on my competing at the moment but this year I plan to compete regularly at prelim level. I would like to go to lots of different competition venues to broaden our competition experience so that we are both more confident in different environments. I hope to improve Pea’s suppleness and get her working from behind, over her back into a consistent contact as that is something that we really haven’t mastered yet! I want to be able to improve her canter which, due to the discomfort associated with my hip problems, has never been great. I want us both to be stronger and fitter and would really love to have more equal strength and flexibility between my left, historically bad side and my right, good side.
You can follow Poppy and Pea’s progress on their blog http://www.younghipandhorsey.com and on facebook and instagram @younghipandhorsey
In case you missed last month’s Inspo Interview with Heather Wallace The Timid Rider click here to read it.
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