On the hottest day for a while we had 3 horses running at Wellington Horse Trials. As Somerford had been cancelled it was now Ballycoog Breaker Boys first Intermediate, The Partner’s first run since Hartpury and V.I.P Vinnie’s first run since Bramham. They had all been cross country schooling recently and all felt on top form.Read More
I had my usual monthly lessons with John Bowen last week.
As always the horses went well once he picked up on the fact that my legs were creeping up so slightly unbalancing me which is why the horses hadn’t been going quite as well for the previous week as they had been prior to this.
It is amazing how something so small can have such an impact on the horses performance - I knew it was something to do with me as it was all the horses but hadn’t been able to pinpoint it. It is so easy to beat yourself up about it as I slightly feel that my training of the horses hadn’t been as good as it should have been. However, with 2 living beings working together we are both bound to have knock on effects to each other both good and bad.Read More
As we mentioned in the last journal Dom is recovering from his operation. He has been a very good patient on his 2 weeks box rest with 30 minutes hand grazing per day. He has the ARC Equine on 3 times a day and a specific program has been set for him to aid his recovery.
The vets have been out to change his dressing and as the wound has healed so well he is now in stable bandages, with a few hours a day without them on. This is so his leg gets used to not relying on tight bandaging for support.Read More
We can't believe that the 1st half of the season is over and that all the horses are now having some down time as is Will. All in all the first half has been successful. All the horses have achieved their various qualifications in order to go to their end of season goals and Vinnie is now qualified for Badminton next year!!!Read More
Wednesday John Bowen was with us for the day - training myself and all the horses - they all had a dressage and SJ lesson except Ted who just had a jump lesson. Ted is an exciting prospect and always puts a smile on my face - I have to keep reminding myself that I did buy him specifically to sell - luckily I never said when….! He is beginning to get a bit of attitude which I like but also is working very well on a daily basis. He will continue to be developed until I am away at the end of May when he will have a few weeks off.Read More
It has to be said that the start of the season hasn’t gone as I had envisaged it - It is so frustrating when you know how good they are and yet you can’t produce it when you need to - but I guess no one ever said it was easy training and competing horses and of course they do have their own mind!! Comfort must be taken for what you know they can produce and believe that it will come once they and I settle back into competing.Read More
We were both having such a fun round and really enjoying ourselves but me being me got a bit complacent and forgot to use my legs on a left handed combination fence. - Vinnie couldn’t make it on 3 but there wasn’t enough room for 4 strides, being too close Vinnie took evasive action and I went out the side door. Needless to say neither Vinnie or I were amused but nothing worse than 2 dented prides. I must learn to ride every fence on every XC round as I did a similar thing the other year - Hopefully this will sharpen me up before Belton in 2 weeks.
One of our horses has had a sarcoid on his belly just where his girth is. We have been using the ARC to remove it and it has been doing a fantastic job. The ARC works by pushing the sarcoid out of the body and this is what was happening. For other parts of the body this is great and then it falls off but due to the pressure of the girth the sarcoid was becoming sore despite the sheepskin girth protectors. We reluctantly had to make the decision to have this removed with a laser.Read More
It’s been a while since I have written my last journal but life has been far from quiet. Christmas and New Year have been and gone and feels like a lifetime ago.Read More
We had a quiet beginning of the week but Monday and Tuesday was spent unpacking and faffing around from Osberton - we usually unpack the day we get back but as we weren’t back home until 10.30 this really wasn’t very appealing having been away for 5 days!Read More
The beginning of the week was getting ready for Osberton - packing, cooking and sorting the lorry.Read More
Having unpacked and washed out Immy’s lorry on Sunday night Monday was back to normal routine. Vinnie looked as though he was relaxing and coming down off his high from Blenheim.Read More
It never ceases to amaze me how my body being out affects the horses performance so much and vice versa. I started going to Lynne a few years ago and we are now working on different aspects of the bodies energy to which we were when I started. We are now working on keeping a constant level of self belief rather than the roller coaster that can happen.Read More
We had an early start for Stardom’s competition at Goring Heath and were finished by 10am - I much prefer cracking on with the competition days rather than hang around for the later times. It seemed strange leaving in the dark and slightly nippy in temperature showing that Autumn is around the corner.Read More
Have to say we were all quite tired on Monday - how the top professional riders get home at 1am from a competition and then ready to leave at 4 am for the next I don’t know!Read More
StarDom, V.I.P Vino and Ballycoog Breaker Boy all went to West Wilts on Tuesday. This is the first time we have had 3 on the same day and for the first time we had a groom, Alexus, to help us.Read More
We had a couple of visits to the gallops this week as V.i.p Vinnie is on his fitness program for Blenheim CCI***. V.I.P Vino joined him once as part of his strengthening and conditioning.Read More
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.Read More
Working with horses involves a constant changing of plans and with this comes the huge rollercoaster of emotions. After the excitement of being selected for the American leg of the Nations Cup, this week we have had to cope with the realisation and HUGE disappointment that we have had to withdraw from the team.Read More