Cassy is based in Cornwall, UK. She lives with her husband and daughter in the beautiful Cornish countryside.
Cassy has gone through the levels at Pony Club and had a go at many equestrian disciplines, from showing to polo-crosse, jumping and working equitation.
She suffered a nasty leg break with ongoing operations several years ago, which severely limited Cassy’s ability to continue her riding at this level, so she turned her talents to become a plaiting artist.
Cassy is an absolute perfectionist with her work and craftsmanship. Cassy has run many demo days and plaiting clinics and offers a large range of plaiting methods.
She won the Animalife plaiting competition that we ran back in October/November. She also runs the Iberian show.
My top boredom busters are as follows.
When the horses are stabled we have a radio on for the horse with music - they seem to like Classical FM but it gets changed to something more upbeat when we're in the yard.
Treat balls - We have decahedron treat balls in the stables which we put all sorts of things in, over Christmas it was brussels sprouts and carrot sticks, but small fibre cubes are great too.
Hanging veg - There are many hanging licks on the market that you buy, but the option I have always gone for is hanging veg. I start by putting a hole through the swede and then thread the baler twine through the hole, make a large knot at one end and this is the base of your veg line, you can use whatever you want, carrots, apples, parsnips are a favourite of mine, but all you need to do is put a hole in the centre of each item of veg and thread the twine through the middle, continue until you have a decent sized hanging treat.
Now the most important part of this being a successful boredom breaker is to ensure that the treat is hung away from walls so that your horse cannot cheat and push it against the wall to keep it still. This treat comes with a health warning to you and your horse... watch your head as I have banged my head on many swedes over the year whilst mucking out and it still hasn't knocked any sense into me.
Horse ball - In the field we have a horse ball. For horses with a high play drive who like to get into trouble whilst in the field, give them something to play with (other than another horse's rug). A ball is a great option. When we first start out with balls we use a tough gym ball, but as the horses get larger we move on to the Parelli horse ball which is rather large and robust.