The quiet time is over...

During the last month the horses and I  have had a quiet spell. Some due to small niggles and others due to let down time and hard ground. We are not rushing to get them out but have entered some competitions from this week on and will take each event as it comes.  I have taken the opportunity to make the most of the quiet time.

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Time to reflect and reboot

Having got back late on Sunday night Monday was reboot day.  Luckily we had unpacked the lorry on Sunday night - there is nothing worse than getting back from a weekend and having to unpack on Monday morning - not a good start to any week.

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Lindsey Hopkinson
Slippery Vino and training at Lyneham Heath

Easy day jumping two horses in the morning on Saturday. I gave Vino a little tune up before competing at Broadway on Sunday and Dom to continue teaching him on the correct way to jump and build on his development.  We tend to do short sessions of jumping with him as he learns fast and needs to stop the sessions before he tires. Both went very well and have come on so much in the last week since I last jumped them, (quick learners).

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Lindsey Hopkinson
Back to work after Bicton

After Vino performing well at Bicton the other weekend I felt he was still a little green in places  on the XC, particularly the steps. I decided to pop over to Boomerang and just had a play with the steps and a few other fences, he was seriously well behaved and is in great shape for his next competition on Thursday at Moreton Morrell. Having said that he is obviously feeling a little too well as he seems to think its a free for all out in the fields and is jumping from field to field.

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Lindsey Hopkinson
Competition time!

V.I.P. Vino competing in his first Novice and first competition in a while.  He certainly did not disgrace himself - in fact just the opposite. He behaved very well for him and was so much more relaxed than in the past at competitions and seemed to really try hard. Despite what felt like a very average test there are some obvious improvements to be made that will make his score in the 20’s rather than low 30’s

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Behind The Scenes - The Work Behind The Scenes!

We have had three visitors to the yard this week - all really good and productive.  Tuesday we had a visit from Gavin Scofield - the horses Osteopath. We have worked with Gavin for 12+ years and he knows the horses so well.  He comes to the yard about every 6 weeks. He has a very subtle approach to treating the horses and is specifically designed to work with the innate homeostatic/self correcting reflexes within their body.

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Lindsey Hopkinson
This week was all about competing at Burnham Market

Both horses had their last gallop before their competition at Burnham Market on Monday  - this gave them enough time to recover before they ran xc at the weekend. They both felt in good shape and Vinnie worked particularly well and Conquer did once he settled.  Conquer always takes a while to warm up and work correctly on the gallops

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Competition prep and mindset !

On Wednesday we had a lot to achieve and it was great how we just kept going and it all went to plan -somedays everything runs really smoothly and as Mum and I have worked together for so long we just know instinctively what needs doing - we were both on point that day!!!

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Lindsey Hopkinson
Hard Work Pays Off!

Having had all my lessons last week  - they really paid off and all the horses have been working very relaxed and consistently all week.  Consciously worked with the scales of training which really do set up the foundation of the session.

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