Meet the Rider

The horse is prepared against the day of battle, but safety is of the LORD. Proverbs 21:31


People call me Firn. God calls me beloved, or sometimes “darling”, in a slightly exasperated tone. What more is there to say? I’m fresh out of my teens, I run God’s own stableyard at Morning Star Stables, and apart from Jesus and horses and people, I love dressage and the land and volunteering in first aid.

God wooed me with wildflowers, saved my soul and captures my heart. I follow Him through adventures in horsemanship: listening, teaching, learning, and the dance. This is our journey.

Glory to the King.



Personal Riding Goals

2018 goals:

Improve my own body:

  • Have regular chiro.
  • Take conditioning classes twice a week throughout the year. No excuses.
  • I’m pretty good about eating and sleeping well. Keep it up, especially when I’m on volunteer duty.

Improve my dressage position:

  • Find out what’s going on with my shoulders.
  • Improve on my bad habit of bracing the lower back as soon as I feel tension.
  • Improve on my bad habit of tipping forward at the hip, especially in canter.
  • Improve on my super bad habit of looking down.

Improve my jumping position:

  • Improve my tendency for my heels to come up on landing.
  • Improve my release.
  • Improve my tendency to try and jump ahead on takeoff.

20 Responses to Meet the Rider

  1. Lyn says:

    This made me smile with joy, Firn. I love, love, that Bible passage 😀

  2. livetoride-ridetolive says:

    Are you in Africa?

  3. I just found your blog! Very nice:)

  4. Paola says:

    Hey! I’m Paola a teenager homeschooler. You seem to be a good rider! I’ve only been riding since last year and currently do dressage. someday I want to do eventing. It’s so cool that you live in South Africa; I’ve never been there(even to the continent) nor have I known someone from there. Nice to meet you.

    • firnhyde says:

      Hi Paola, thanks for stopping by! I’ll check out your blog. Dressage is awesome. I think it’s great that you’re learning dressage before going on to eventing – obedience and understanding on the flat is so essential for horse and rider.

  5. florahorse26 says:

    I am also a christian homeschooler in England and I love horses loads!!

  6. Lyn says:

    I found this today and thought of you 😀

  7. Dominique2004 says:

    Hi, I love your website ( especially Arop Nianell) 😄 She has been a great horse so far! And just loves treats😂 She will do anything for a carrot. But she is really bossy with other horses 😂 Even with someone’s big black draft horse but I still love her!!

  8. Dominique2004 says:

    How do you post a foto?

  9. Dominique2004 says:

    I love your website! I jus wanna say that Nianel is doing great.
    I can’t ask for a better horse
    She loves carrots but is very bossy with other horses,even with a big black draft horse😂
    But I still love her

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