Feeling down in the dumps about all this rain we have been having? To try and cheer you up (or as a respite from building your ark) here are a few pick-me-up ideas...

1. Online shopping 

Even retail therapy isn't much fun in this weather, if it involves mooching round the shops, but fortunately there is always the internet. Take your mind off the floods with a bit horsey shopping and why not grab a bargain at www.equestrianclearance.com. The site currently has a great deal on Ariat Olympia Full Seat Breeches. They have a stylish Clarino full-seat, so are ideal for wearing while schooling or competing, while their four-way stretch nylon and cotton material provides the optimum comfort and support. The RRP is £158.99, but you can snap up a pair www.equestrianclearance.com for just £69.99.  

2. Watch a horsey film

In this weather the best place for you is curled up on the sofa, under the duvet and preferably with chocolate. Get your horsey fix by watching a film. Our recommendations are Seabiscuit, War Horse, and an oldie but goldie, National Velvet.

3. Hire an indoor school

If you just aren't the type to stay in cursing the weather how about hiring an indoor school so you can get some decent riding time in. Clubbing together with a few friends will bring down the cost of transport and hiring of facilities. You could even arrange a group lesson.