Well, this is a hark back to the pony club days! Turning up - probably wearing the wrong things and knowing not a soul. As I am now older (and care less) it doesn't seem to matter so much, and they are all super friendly (shout out for Wessex Gold). Two rallies later - both jumping, flat can come later..., things are (mainly) going well - the most memorable comments are: firstly 'don't adopt the embryo position', and secondly 'pretend someone is holding your bra straps' -
Well after the last blog i finally found time to have another riding lesson on the lovely Gomez. Before i go into details just need to mention about how this challenge is bringing people together, people who wouldn’t normally meet, live in another part of the country all because of the Wobbleberry Challenge. The other weekend a group arranged to meet at Belton Horse Trials most of us travelled a distance to get there but on this occasion the sun put in an appearance (you know
Seeing as everywhere is still a bit soggy I had to postpone my plans for a XC lesson again and instead went to a local SJ venue. We’ve been a number of times both for schooling and competing so both Murphy and I know it well. We’ve been working on securing my jump position and a conversation about comfort zones my instructor decided to push the boundaries and we jumped higher, wider and more complex combinations than we have in the past. Murphy started to listen more and reli
I have just come back from a fabulous holiday with my pony in Norfolk, riding along the beach . And it just made me reflect that, although competing is fabulous, the main pleasure in a horse is just enjoying each other's company. And that is something we shouldn't lose sight of - the relationship is priceless.
So, after the last minute pulling off of shoes (thank you will telfer!), losing the ability to ride at all over the last week, & saving a puppy from being squished in the middle of the road, we’re finally en route to Hartpury to the BD Winter Championships. Thats me, Oscar & my trusty co pilot/groom/confidence coach/gin drinking buddy/meltdown preventor/wagon driver Carole! This girl has talent in spades! So, even though I do this for FUN... why does it all become so stressf
Almost since I've had Buzz he has been reluctant to canter, struggles to maintain any canter, periods of bad nappiness, hit and miss if he'll jump. He's had long periods of feeling uneven but not really lame.
Yesterday we finally got some answers, following his recent schooling holiday Naomi suggested he just wasn't right and that he physically didn't seem to be able to go on the left rein, her vet looked at him and the conclusion was that he probably had bone spavin. After
Well, it transpired that after my Chicken post, we have managed somehow to qualify for the Sunshine Tour Eventer Championships in September at Hickstead - Foxy was rather disappointed that it didn't involve Portugal or similar ... However, we are both thrilled and hope we get accepted. BUT it means that I now have two aims and I am not sure that I am up to it (Foxy is ...) So, yesterday we went to a clinic with the riding club I have just joined - am getting super keen -
So.....start of the year, mojo found, brave pants fitted nicely, and off we go....challenge completed by May....easy peasy?! I've even managed to make it through to April with breaking anything ( either bones in my body, or one of the ponies), and what happens............ the coldest, wettest & longest wintery start to the year I can remember since having horses. I definitely cannot be described as a fair weather rider, but the elements so far this year have had me beaten on
We've been out and about again at a local SJ comp, I've recently been struggling with remembering a course so I decided to do the clear round as a warm up to take the pressure off before entering the next class, it worked and we achieved a clear round. Two down in the 65 - 70cm and it wasn't the prettiest rounds ever. It did highlight that Murphy really doesn't find this height a challenge and I'm back to feeling comfortable at 70cm, now need to get the brave pants out and i
This last few weeks have been quite difficult with the ankle healing slowly but still only about 60% normal but we are slowly starting to get back to normal.
Buzz has been away to Naomi for some schooling and riding so that he doesn't have a long time off and has behaved very well. This said, it has also become apparent that with a lot of schooling the issues with his off hind have become a lot more apparent. The vet had a look at him whilst he was away and with his history o