I last posted in August (oops) its been a busy few months!
In short I went to HOYs and loved it, we went out on a wee outing to a show jumping competition, we had a bit of a clipping mishap and we have been having regular lessons from a local instructor in which my mare has been coming along fantastically.
So lets start with…
I can help but laugh as this is just the type of situation my mare and I would get ourselves into, this is how far we got without sedation….
We had to stop as she was getting dangerous and it wasn’t worth stressing her out or injuring anyone so a couple of days later with sedation we ended up with …
The show jumping competition.
We also entered a wee competition at a semi-nearby venue. Loading was interesting as it was in a lorry that she hadn’t been in before however on the way back she took a little persuasion and a borrowed bucket from the lorry next to us as she was in.
We entered the 75 and 85 classes both of which she was fantastic in. We came 4th in the 75 (a class of more than 20) and
unfortunately didn’t place 6th in the 85 (only just realise) as we knocked a pole (on the second last jump!) Although Im sure she could jump a little higher but I want be sure to enjoy it when we go out as I don’t have transport to get her out regularly and shes’ semi fit so I don’t want to push it and make it fun for her rather than too much hard work.
Not only is she now off the leg and holding herself there has been a massive improvement in her concentration especially on the flat! Before it would be good if you could keep her attention for more than 10 minutes then she would become bored and this followed through in to her becoming unresponsive. Now with the lessons she will focus for as long as you ask it of her.
This problem was definitely down to me, I fully hold my hands up to that, having something to aim for / work towards for the next lesson give me drive and therefore is working to improve both of us.
I’am very desperate to get her out and about more I’ve been eyeing up several hunter trials and cross-country open day however I don’t have the transport and any hire transport are far too expensive so I’m starting to make a plan of how I am going to buy my own 3.5t lorry – figures crossed!
I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and New year!