Advantages Lots of info, catch up with horsy news
Disadvantages Home page far too crowded
I was the most horse mad of teenagers. I grew up in a small, affluent town in Wales, with very few facilities for bored teenagers. Consequently, parents were faced with two choices for their daughters. Either get them into horses, praying that they don’t fall off and severely injure themselves or risk boredom leading to underage sex and Class A drugs addiction.My parents preferred the former option and so I had horses from the age of 13 until I went away to university at 18. As much as I got away with hanging out with friends and drinking and smoking at parties, I was always careful not to get caught and stayed well clear of dodgy drugs, knowing full well that my dad would be happy to stick to his threat of getting rid of Kimberley at the first sign of me popping or snorting! I have outlined some of my riding adventures in my op on my five favourite animals.
These days, busy city slicking professional that I am (or like to think I am), horse riding unfortunately is a very rare luxury. There is the odd centre in and around my area in London, but it’s just too depressing riding the demoralised and stale permanently stabled horses, whose only outings involved trotting round in circles in a poorly kept ménage. I was used to having miles of open Welsh countryside, with the odd forest and beach thrown in. So I make do with the odd weekend in places like West Wales and Devon, or a rushed hack on my too infrequent visits home.All is not lost though. Recently I’ve been making more effort to keep in touch with the horsy world after my 8 year old cousin put me to shame with her knowledge of international show jumping and eventing news. I didn’t even know about the new Whitakers Elaine and Robert, she was not impressed and quickly pointed me in the direction of Equine World UK!
On first hit, I felt right at home. Horse magazines are so expensive and too geared up to the lucky horse owner, but here was a site providing all the news and horsy gossip I needed and free of charge.It is a nice ‘clean’ looking site, not nearly as amateurish as some other equine sites I have since stumbled upon. The site is green and white so easy on the line, but as a fair few of the within text links are green I suspect it is not at all in line with the Disability Discrimination Act that came into being a few months ago, since green is I believe one of the hardest colours for colour blind people to see.
Membership is free upon agreeing to a lengthy set of terms and conditions (mostly to do with the forum and chat room areas) and filling in a moderately sized registration form. You can view most areas of the site without joining but obviously you need to be a member in order to participate in the forum or chat room. On joining you also get access to a private messaging system allowing you to send and receive private messages to and from other members, plus the ability to rate and comment on product news, articles and directory listings.I will now take you through the main areas of the site in the order they appear on the top hand menu.
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