To say it is a Monday today I have still been able to say all day that I truly LOVE my job! The feeling you get from riding/training quality horses and seeing and feeling the progress that can be made through correct riding and training ( oh yes I had a bum kicking today from my trainer whilst we worked out some new programs for four of my rides). That is a feeling that you just can not (as all you riders know) be beaten!
So lets see what has happened since I last got chance to ramble on here...
The term "The Joys Of Horses" was used in the most sarcastic context for a week or so as the great British weather gave us lashings of rain. As we are not fortunate enough to have an indoor I spent days permanently feeling like I had just been swimming fully clothed and seriously contemplated buying a wet suit! Despite the weather the horses especially the young ones, have been pretty well behaved ( Unlike other young members of this country..... rioting and looting I mean seriously!! get a grip!!) Barinka Hfd ( 5yr old mare) has come on leaps and bounds and we finished today putting the finishing touches to the counter canter and starting the canter shoulder in and trot half pass so over all extremely happy! Now then as for the Big guy we had a few set backs to his daft aarrgghhh I am not a sensible 12yr old, I am a daft 3yr old moments. He has now once agen seen the light, and working much more supple and through in the back. Due to the fact he has had one owner for so long and progressed slowly he is not quite clued up on flying changes so that is the next task ( Who says you cant teach an old dog new tricks.... well we shall see!). The fabulous Spyder Hfd (3 yr old AES stallion) is coming along nicely, much more supple and focused with smoother transitions staying in correct outline. That is until a nice mare gives him a squeal and tail swish from the field, that still tends to slightly distract him for a moment!
A good friend of mine has had the month from hell with very nearly having to make the decision to put her beloved companion pony to sleep. We were all in the mindset that it was the right thing to do, as he came down with a serious case of lammy for the first time in years!! Poor old man could hardly walk, but thanks to some think outside the box advice from the new vet on the block he is practically bouncing agen! :) Here he is in our "How to treat lammy for £6" example photo......lol
A few human Ice packs and elbow support bandages with a pinch of bute and he is back to normal, much to everyone's relief.
As we had some spare time in-between playing nurse to the unhelpful old man ( he kept trying to pull the ice packs off so could not be left unsupervised). We decided to tackle the issue of loading with the very beautiful but very stubborn Miss Star (7yr old Welsh Sec D). Miss Star has not been in residence long and very nearly didn't make it to her new home as she refused point blank to load. So after being given some le-way for a month or two while she settled in and we addressed some schooling issues it was now time to tackle the trailer issue! She was not very co-operative.............................................
But eventually with the help of a Be Nice head collar ( these are a GOD SEND for horses that barge or run backwards) some lunge lines and of course a bit of grub, she was in.
So after 10 mins of sulking in the trailer out she came only to find we wanted her to go back in! Well "Paahh to that" was the definite expression on her face, but she quickly gave in this time and even got her tea in the trailer. Result we now have an easily loadable pony, which is good seen as how there are a few Welsh shows with her name on them!
I think that about covers it for now, off to sleep for me to merrily dream about new training programs for my rides as I try to memorise all the new things we have put into day! I think I may have a bigger head ache when I wake up! lol (but it is all worth it!)