Alex Hardwick is a 27 year old dressage lover. She works full time with horses. Riding her own horses, other peoples, teaching people on their horses and also runs a training stables with her mum Sally.
How does your average riding day look like?
Up at 6.30, breakfast, then out to feed and muck out the horses. After I will then ride 5-7 horses most of which will be done before lunch and couple after if needed. The horses have a varied exercise programme throughout the week, in the arena training, hacking on the fields and some times a bit of pole work or jumping.
The horses will then spend the afternoon in the paddock while I am teaching. When the teaching is done it will then be to catch, feed and finish off the horses. I like to keep active so most evenings I will do an exercise class before going back to check the horses for late night about 9pm.
How has riding made an impact on other parts of your life?
I’m with them all day and every day.
What is the most important advice you’ve learned in a riding lesson?
Always be patient, if the horse isn’t understanding you need to change the way you are asking.
How did you get your current horse(s)?
I’m super lucky to have a fabulous string of horses. A few I own myself. My mum and dad have been really supportive and we own together. I also have a couple that are owned by other people.
What’s the favourite thing about your horse?
They are all so different and have such fun characters. I like learning them individually to help get the best out of them.
What was your first show? And what was your first impression of it?
My first dressage competition was with a horse called Rotspon’s Rockin. He was a 4 year old and very cheeky. We entered down the centre line, at X he spun around and I landed on the sand. After I got back on and was allowed to redo the test.
What goes through your mind during a competition?
I completely zone in and focus on the test. My mum says a plane could land in the next arena and I wouldn’t look up.
Who is your biggest inspiration in riding?
Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardan. All of their horses are so powerful but relaxed and without tension. They are poetry to watch.
What kind of manes does your horse have? And how do you plait them?
I have all sorts, thick manes, thin manes, long manes and short you name it. For any type of mane I use Quick Knot! The difference sizes that Quick Knot come in make it so quick and easy for any type of mane.
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