Wednesday, 22 March 2017
Thursday, 9 March 2017
Monday, 6 March 2017
It's so easy to say "I'm too busy today, my husband is too cranky, my daughter is too clingy, it's too hot or it's too wet, I'm sick, I can't ride today".
Way too easy.
So I booked a couple of unofficial prelim dressage tests for Allie and I on the 25th March, just a few weeks away. Linda is going to come put a few rides on Allie for me, and I'm going to have a few lessons with her too. It's the little kick up the bum I need to actually ride my bloody horse.
So with that motivation, I went out on Saturday in the threatening rain and I rode. Allie was a bit miffed at first, but got into it and gave me some lovely trot and canter work.
Hopefully I can squeeze in a few solo rides too.
Wish me luck!
Saturday, 4 March 2017
She's sound and happy. She had a body treatment this week and the therapist was able to get a bunch of good releases from her which is unusual. Gracie even yawned 4 times! She never yawns during a treatment! Hopefully in a couple of weeks Natalie can hope back on like it never happened.
Thursday, 16 February 2017
|The day it happened, but about 2 hours after the fact.|
|Day 2 - note some fill in between her front legs. That needed massaging but is gone now.|
|Day 9, after being cleaned. Looking good! No bute anymore and she's sound as a bell.|
Friday, 27 January 2017
She's had one jump school/fitness work (half hour all up, only jumped three jumps).
The last ride, today, she started dragging her hind toes a little, but she had the nicest swing in her back going to the left. I'm going to get some body work done, get the dressage saddle refitted too, and just keep doing what we are doing until she either goes properly lame or she doesn't. The dragging is only in the deeper sand in the arena and her toes aren't squaring off as bad as they were last November, so hopefully I can keep her sound.
Breathing wise, she has handled the super dry dusty weather better than I expected. She's not on any meds, and is coughing maybe once per ride, if at all.
I decided against doing the Camden hunter trial this weekend and the SIEC event mid February in case she isn't sound (plus she isn't fit enough to go xc this weekend). If March comes along and she's stayed in enough work, is fit enough, and isn't lame, I might do Berrima in March and almost definitely Equestriad in April. We'll see.
Unfortunately Andrea isn't able to continue the lease due to her new job so I'll be doing most of her riding and Natalie will help out when I can't make it. Luckily we actually have some decent hills at the current agistment so we can do slower fitness work, instead of canter/gallop sets in deep sand like at the last place. I'm hoping to get three rides in a week, sometimes 4.
So that's where we are at right now. I'm a little more optimistic after her time off. Next week it's meant to be stinking hot again so I don;t know how much riding I'll be able to get done but I'll go with the flow for now.
She "helped" me groom and tack up.
|As you can see, she is a pro and doesn't need my supervision, apparently.|
First I rode (Allie went lovely, I'll update next post) and then Evie hopped on to cool her out.
|Happy pony, happy kid!|
It was her third ride on a horse ever. She really really loved it this time, laughing and squealing the whole time. Allie was an angel.
Skip to 50 seconds if you don't have time (or patience) for the whole video.
|She's going for Heath Ryan hands.|
|After the ride, posing for Daddy.|