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A Bit About Me and my Horse(s)
My world revolves around horses - professionally & personally.

I'm the resident shopping queen on the site - running the barnmice gift shop - which means I get to spend my days shopping for fabulous products from all over the world for you to enjoy(it's my perfect job!).

When not in the office, I enjoy having a go at all riding disciplines but my main interest is dressage. I'm also a little bit obsessed with Sport Horse Breeding :-) especially Hanoverians & I'm proud to own 3 fabulous horses, all bred in the UK.

Confusingly, 2 are almost identical full brothers & their stable names are podgy, pg & p, so it gets a little confusing, thank goodness for stable name plates when other people are looking after them for me!
Do you have any pets?
3 Horses & 1 Dog - that's enough for now!

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Meet Catherin McMillan - equestrian artist

Catherin is the first artist to feature in the new Barnmice Shop Gallery. You can see a selection of her wonderful work here.

I asked Catherin 5 questions so we could all get to know her.

How do you get your inspiration for your art?

Im really lucky to live on a small property and have lots of animals around me, they inspire me and always bring a smile to my face. From Banjo… Continue

Posted on May 4, 2009 at 12:14pm

normal service will resume shortly - this is what's distracting me from the office....

My favorite horse :-) This is Podge aka Provence, my baby Hanoverian in his 7th week under saddle (he managed to get a couple of weeks on the subs bench with silly knocks in the field).

He is so much fun to ride & I'm not looking forwards to Monday when it's back to work & no more weekday day times spent cantering around on the stubble fields :-(

I'm consoled slightly by the big buying fairs coming up in Feb.…


Posted on January 1, 2009 at 10:30pm

Do you buy your horse a gift at Christmas?

I know lots of people like to spoil their pets over the holiday season too. I'm afraid that my horses probably work harder at this time of year than any other time, because the office is shut so I have lots of time!

So, because of this I like to spoil them (& myself a little bit too!) so I always make sure I sneak a gift or two for the horses on to the list.

This year, I think some matching polo bandages for the 2 brothers (or the terrible twins as they are known at…


Posted on November 19, 2008 at 5:00pm

so now I'm known as the crazy horse lady at the office

Last week I had to go to a meeting in the city centre (I live in a small village on the outskirts). I also needed to collect a pallet of feed as my horses are trialling a new mix from Winergy. As the feed store is on the way, I decide to drive the horse lorry & grab the feed on the way home.

So picture me in a suit & high heels trying to park up a horse truck in the city centre! I'd also popped my dressage saddle in as I wanted the saddler to take a quick look. Well, I'd…


Posted on July 2, 2008 at 2:30pm

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At 2:29pm on July 15, 2009, International Equestrian Fest. said…
Wow Chris, what a cool job. I didn't know BarnMice had a gift shop. I've done similar equine shopping for my job sometimes (I work with a company that is hosting an International Equestrian Festival during the 2010 WEG). I just love looking at all the different equine-themed jewelry, art, shoes, and apparel that is out there!
At 5:39pm on May 4, 2009, Anneke Kloosterman said…
Hi there,
No I didn't......... Actually I don't own him either. He was at my former job, and the video was of when he was just started under saddle two weeks before. He is just an amazing horse.......... Love him!!
At 5:56am on April 11, 2009, Steph said…
Love your dog!! And your horses! They are beautiful!!
Love horses, love life!
At 1:07pm on February 6, 2009, Nicky Graf said…
Thank you Chris! Love your pooch!
At 12:43am on January 13, 2009, Michelle Synnot said…
omg, you have a manchster terrier! me too! they are the best!
At 8:51pm on January 6, 2009, Barbara F. said…
Hi Chris,
I visited the Chat Room, but just missed you!
At 11:59am on December 30, 2008, Mary-Joe Figueira said…
Hello Chris

Sorry this message is so late. I am not always on the site. Sometimes I think the computer is attached to my hip as I work all on a computer and then come home and view some more.

Thank you for your post on the Baroque group. I own a dun Lusitano. He is 5 years old. Unfortunately I notice a bit of gray coming through. I think he will eventually turn gray as he gets older. I wanted a gray, got a dun. The one nice thing about having a dun is that he covers the dirt well.

Love your pictures, especially the one on the beach. I have yet to ride on the beach. One of the things I would like to do.

At 7:25am on November 13, 2008, William Micklem said…
Hi Chris...thank you for your comments re the Micklem Multibridle. It is truly designed from the skull of the horse - from the inside out - because I am only too well aware that so many horses suffer from cranked up cavesson and flash nosebands, when the sensitive tissue on the inside of the mouth is squashed and bruised and lacerated between the protruding outer edge of the upper jaw molars and the noseband on the outside, and from too low dropped nosebands which often fracture the fragile nosebones. Look at the picture of the skull on my web site. Having found the right design for this it was a no brainer that it would also work wonderfully as a lunge cavesson or bitless bridle as well as a standard bridle. We need exert our influence as coaches and ensure we have better fitted tack. Regards, William PS The Micklem bridle has exceeded all my expectations...horses go so well in it and I my smile gets bigger!
At 8:12pm on November 11, 2008, Geoffrey Pannell said…
Hi Chris, glad you like them , nothing very recent I'm afraid , starting to get back into comps again after a break of about 10 years. Cheers , Geoffrey
At 2:18pm on August 18, 2008, Becky-Lou Kogstad EqTPM said…
Hi Chris,
As a Trigger Point Myotherapist, I check for range of motion, look for tp's (knots within the muscle), use various techniques to reduce these knots that can storten range of motion. Then apply stretching and exercises to re educate the muscle memory. Thats the short of it. I am currently working on a website, should be up and running within the week.
I dont know of any certified TPM's in the UK, mostly in the US as that is where the schooling is. I am one of 3 in Canada.
Hmmm maybe I should come to the UK and do some clinics? that would be a lot of fun, and I have never been there.

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