Equestrian Influencers

m1stify

Well-Known Member
Joined
30 March 2011
Messages
471
Abilyle is great - very funny - not so much an influencer though she rarely tries to sell anything just the odd collab (unlike a lot of others!) shows a lot of her dressage training and very cute pooches.
 

Cheval Gal

Well-Known Member
Joined
18 July 2020
Messages
80
Hang on, Kizzy and Ettie's parents are happy with complete strangers paying to spend time with their young daughters? How utterly bizarre, and somewhat worrying. Even if the parents are present, why on earth would anyone think this is a good idea? It is putting money before their daughter's personal safety, and is a safeguarding issue waiting to happen.
 

Sossigpoker

Well-Known Member
Joined
14 September 2020
Messages
699
Hang on, Kizzy and Ettie's parents are happy with complete strangers paying to spend time with their young daughters? How utterly bizarre, and somewhat worrying. Even if the parents are present, why on earth would anyone think this is a good idea? It is putting money before their daughter's personal safety, and is a safeguarding issue waiting to happen.
Good point.
I also wonder what exactly their home schooling consists of. Do they have any actual lessons?
 

Sandstone1

Well-Known Member
Joined
16 July 2010
Messages
5,669
I used to enjoy watching the Kizzie and Etty videos but they massively annoy me now. I hate to see them standing on the ponies backs and sliding off the rumps etc. So little respect for the ponies. Its so clear that they tout for freebies too. As soon as they mention needing something they get a freebie. If they are not careful they will turn in to brats.
 

Cheval Gal

Well-Known Member
Joined
18 July 2020
Messages
80
Good point.
I also wonder what exactly their home schooling consists of. Do they have any actual lessons?
Home schooling is a very grey area. It could be argued that experiential learning through observing nature can link to subjects learnt in more traditional settings. My view is this approach can work if it is balanced with mainstream activities. I guess we will never know what else the girls do in terms of their education, as the primary focus is on their jollies in the woods and the over-enthusiastic running commentary that sits alongside this.
 

GreyDot

Well-Known Member
Joined
22 December 2019
Messages
70
I used to love Olivia Towers vlogs, but she seems to have stopped making them which is a shame. Not many dressage vloggers out there at all.
Love ElphickEventPonies though, very funny and straight-talking.
 

Jayzee

Well-Known Member
Joined
27 July 2013
Messages
231
I really like Holly Lenahan too!

Miri hackett is brilliant and really informative

I feel similarly about Matt Harnacke and Erin Williams as previous posters have said

On Instagram I most enjoy smaller account documenting their journey than the larger ones which get too promotional for me
 

Widgeon

Well-Known Member
Joined
30 January 2017
Messages
1,594
Location
N Yorks
Hang on, Kizzy and Ettie's parents are happy with complete strangers paying to spend time with their young daughters? How utterly bizarre, and somewhat worrying. Even if the parents are present, why on earth would anyone think this is a good idea? It is putting money before their daughter's personal safety, and is a safeguarding issue waiting to happen.
Oh come on....that feels a bit mean. They're not selling time with their daughters, but their daughters' ponies. Their mother has stated that they've got all the necessary approvals from the council, insurance etc, so they have done it properly. Personally I wouldn't pay to go for tea with someone else's pony, but each to their own. The ponies seem to have interesting lives and caring owners, and although I wouldn't make the decisions that they do, that doesn't mean they're bad people or bad owners. There are many ponies out there being cared for in far more inappropriate ways - surely if there's no real welfare issues anyone who doesn't like them can just roll their eyes and move on?

I guess we will never know what else the girls do in terms of their education, as the primary focus is on their jollies in the woods and the over-enthusiastic running commentary that sits alongside this.
Yes exactly - all we see is a (presumably) carefully curated selection of what's going on in their lives, as with most social media. I think with social media you have to give people the benefit of the doubt (unless you're watching something that seems to be outright cruelty), or it becomes a horrible pile on with posters constantly having to censor and justify themselves.

Really don't like the "larger equestrian" influencers
I do agree that some of these people make me really uncomfortable - there was one recently where the woman was far too big for her saddle and was jumping way behind the horse's movement and smacking back down onto the back of the saddle on landing. Everyone seemed to think it was wonderful but it made me cringe. But that's a whole other discussion that's been had on here plenty of times in the past!
 
Joined
24 November 2021
Messages
7
I enjoyed the Kizzy and Ettie when it first came out but not now. I saw the comments about jumping on their backs and didn’t think it was an unreasonable thing to say and it’s very petty if you got blocked. There was also another woman who said the ponies were obese which they were and she got lynched as well. I can’t stand the gushing and fawning over every little thing they do and this latest idea of having tea with the precious unicorns and a groom then go on a wander around the woods for 90 minutes at the princely sum of £120 is daylight robbery. There are so many other things I could mention but I will get off my soapbox now 🤣
I think at first they seemed to just genuinely be enjoying their ponies which was lovely but now it all seems rather staged. Have noticed they have less sponsors now whereas they used to do a lot of gifted posts. All seems a bit sickly to me and actually quite frustrating for normal people working full time to fund one horse and then they have about 6 and can go off on a two week hunting holiday to dartmoor but then claim to be poor? Also seem to swap ponies frequently which I find a bit odd but each to their own.
 

teapot

Well-Known Member
Joined
16 December 2005
Messages
30,930
I tend to follow a handful of pros but that's it. The only 'influencer' would perhaps be Muddymayhem because she's so refreshing and honest.

Any account that's using kids/ponies makes me twitch frankly.
 

FinkleyAlex

Well-Known Member
Joined
11 October 2006
Messages
1,365
I quite like Matt Harnacke and Jesse Drent - both seem really sweet and down to Earth. Erin Williams reminds me of why social media has had a terrible impact on this generation - despite being stunning you can tell she really lacks confidence and needs attention via social media/is narcissistic.

This Esme is very sweet and quite easy viewing but can also be quite dull. I used to love Elphick Event Ponies a couple of years ago but feel like Megan really sold out when she started being sponsored etc. Can’t stand Harlow
 
Joined
14 January 2020
Messages
592
I'm super jealous of the life that Emily is able to give Kizzy and Ettie, so in a good old fashioned bitchy way, it's really refreshing to hear some criticism 🤣🤣 I do also secretly feel smug that their 20-miles-a-day, super fit hunting ponies manage to be much much fatter than my barely-ridden lead-rein ponies.

My absolute favourite is Catherine Forstaad "ride like a viking". And I'm sure you're all now going to tell me all the awful things she does "wrong", but I still love her (and her little boy is the most earnest, loveliest kid on the whole internet, and you won't change my mind!)
 
Joined
14 January 2020
Messages
592
Ps controversially, I did quite like crazie mazie (she's a very difficult cob who I think had had a tough past, and Layla managed to get her going really quite nicely a lot of the time, mostly by having the velcro bum of youth!)

But tbh I think she over jumped her (this 14.1 pony had an incredible jump- she was jumping 1.40, which was above her ears! Which is impressive and probably very fun, but pony ended up broken) and when she couldn't get her sound (pony had terrible conformation, significantly bum high) she stuck her in foal. Sigh.
 

LEC

Well-Known Member
Joined
22 July 2005
Messages
9,472
I think I live in a hole and quite frankly am happy to stay there!!
I’m continuing in my grumpy-getting-old-woman-can’t-be-arsed-with-Internet-influencer-shite
Its all a load of crap. You are best staying in the hole and instead being surrounded by the inspirational people that you already are in real life. I was watching one loose jump a young horse the other day and it was cringe. They were saying how thrilled they were with the talent being shown and I was like - TALENT? I have more talent over an 80cm jump than that horse has and that is not saying much.
 

Elf On A Shelf

Well-Known Member
Joined
28 February 2011
Messages
12,695
I have no idea what any of you are on about! There are seriously people who just go about taking pics and vids of stuff to get likes and flumf from companies?!? I am in the wrong job!
 

SO1

Well-Known Member
Joined
29 January 2008
Messages
4,641
I believe from some of their posts that they sell and produce ponies so that is why new ponies appear and maybe some do not feature again.

I don't really like to see children on social media but I suppose it is no different to child models or actors where parents are getting funds from the work of their children.

I think at first they seemed to just genuinely be enjoying their ponies which was lovely but now it all seems rather staged. Have noticed they have less sponsors now whereas they used to do a lot of gifted posts. All seems a bit sickly to me and actually quite frustrating for normal people working full time to fund one horse and then they have about 6 and can go off on a two week hunting holiday to dartmoor but then claim to be poor? Also seem to swap ponies frequently which I find a bit odd but each to their own.
 

planete

Well-Known Member
Joined
5 May 2010
Messages
2,327
Location
New Forest
I find it odd that some of these people are obviously enjoying a very high standard of living but are soliciting contributions from besotted followers. Some followers are even sending presents of horse rugs and treats. Weird.
 

Charley657

Well-Known Member
Joined
7 December 2012
Messages
163
Location
Scotland
I like RidingwithRhi who has her first horse and I watch Tara too but she posts a lot of videos and I can't keep up with them. Holly Lenahan and Stuart Eventing probably my favourites. I don't like influencers who push products on you and those two channels are very down to earth and not trying to sell you anything.
 
Joined
19 May 2021
Messages
950
Location
Tolkien country, but mostly in Wuthering heights n
Ps controversially, I did quite like crazie mazie (she's a very difficult cob who I think had had a tough past, and Layla managed to get her going really quite nicely a lot of the time, mostly by having the velcro bum of youth!)

But tbh I think she over jumped her (this 14.1 pony had an incredible jump- she was jumping 1.40, which was above her ears! Which is impressive and probably very fun, but pony ended up broken) and when she couldn't get her sound (pony had terrible conformation, significantly bum high) she stuck her in foal. Sigh.
Oh Jesus I don't follow any influencers but I really thought the miss crazy Maisie girl was seriously, stupidly wreckless. To behave as it was doing the pony had to be in some serious pain somewhere and, whilst she was undoubtedly a very good rider, from a welfare perspective it was just awful to see. It's really lucky no one was hurt and a shame she couldn't redirect her considerable talent in the saddle somewhere else.
 

TPO

Well-Known Member
Joined
20 November 2008
Messages
6,955
Location
A ray of sunshine 🌞
Not an influencer as such but she is supported/sponsored by Ariat.

Brianna Noble is @urbancowgirl510 on Instagram. She was the black cowgirl at the BLM protests.

She runs a ranch teaching kids who wouldn't normally get to ride horses, takes horses from the kill pen and retrains them, is currently training a blm Mustang and takes her horses out into the community so that people can meet them.

She has fantastically well trained horses and appears to be a very good trainer. She runs and works the ranch and never seems to stop.

I really like her account
 
Top