With both Roxie still recovering and Milli now out of work as well (more on this later) I've got a bit of extra time on my hands at the moment so I've been focusing on Star and she's continuing to impress me more and more every time I ride her :) She's been schooling so well at home so I decided to make the step up to Novice level with her and put a late entry in to SMP Dressage at Blue Barn last week. We were doing Novice 27 and there was some really lovely horses there so I was a little unsure if Star was ready but she proved me wrong....big time! She performed a lovely test, there's still little bits to improve on but on her first attempt at Novice level we scored 70.83% and WON the class!! I was chuffed with her :) With this win we have qualified for the South East Equestrian Championships in September which I'm very excited about.......
I had a lesson with Jan two days after Blue Barn, and Jan who loves Star anyway was amazed at how much she had come on in just a week since my last lesson! Her medium trot is to die for and there's still so much more to come!
Below are a few pictures from my lesson on Star last week.
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There's a new boy about the place as well.....welcome to Connor! He's come to the SG Eventing yard to be brought back into work after sustaining a slight injury in the spring. He's progressing very well and is a real pleasure to have about the place, such a big softy! He may be for sale so watch this space for pictures.....
Roxie is continuing to have a great recovery and her knee is looking brilliant! When I look back at pictures of how back the wound was and how it looks know it really is amazing!! There's still a long way to go and we are still unsure as to whether she'll ever jump again or be back out competing but I'm hoping to start riding her again soon and just do some walk work to help her build up muscle and strength again.
Back to Milli, and after her bruising her foot at Chilham when she twisted her shoe she came back sound but she still didn't seem 100% back to her normal cheeky self! After further investigation we found out that the injury she sustained when a Client's horse kicked her badly at the beginning of the year had grown scar tissue and was causing her discomfort. It's not that pleasant to talk about but she got kicked very badly in her 'lady parts' and she had an internal slit wound which after taking her to Bell Equine was left to heal on it's own. Unfortunately the slit didn't heal and she was left with a bit sticking out.....grim I know! It has been closely monitored and didn't look to be causing her any pain but on further investigation a lot of scar tissue had developed which seemed to be causing her some discomfort. After chatting with them at Bell Equine it was decided that the excess needed to be removed, so after not long picking Roxie up I was back at Bell Equine for my other event horse to have surgery!!!
Horses are great levellers that's for sure and hopefully we've all our bad luck for this year as I seem to have had it all thrown at me recently but, what doesn't kill you only makes you stronger right....?!?
Sofia Graham is at the yard tomorrow (Tuesday 26th) and providing all is well Roxie and Milli will begin some walk work which I'm sure will be very exciting as Roxie's had nearly 3 months off and Milli's had a month off......back protector and neck straps may be required I think!
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Just wanted to give you all an update after our last outing at our most local event, Chilham Park at the beginning of August. Unfortunately the event didn't go as planned at all......Oh, the joys of eventing, plenty of 'downs' to go with the 'ups'......there just seems to be more 'downs' than 'ups' being thrown our way at the moment but at least we're still fit to fight another day I suppose!!
We got her tacked up for the SJing and she was feeling much more like herself and she was jumping like a machine! Well, like a machine until she managed to stand on one of her back shoes on the approach to a fence and half pull it off and twist it. I jumped straight off and took her over to the farrier who took it off for me and put it back on but unfortunately she wasn't 100% on it. The farrier took it back off as she had obviously bruised her sole / white line when she twisted it and stood on it! I chatted with the farrier and we agreed that just to be on the safe side I should poultice it that night and the following morning she was much better on it, just a little sore. She's had the last few weeks off and now has a new set of shoes on which she seemed to really like when we trotted her up after so I'm very keen to see how she get's on with these.
I did have a few more events planned for her before the end of the season including the CIC* at Firle Place but I'm going to give her a bit of quiet time as she's only 6 so has her whole career ahead of her! I don't see the point in rushing her into anything and making her do it as I want all my horses to event because they enjoy doing it, not because I'm making them, that's when accidents happen! I'm going to get all her WOW Saddles checked out as well as she doesn't seem 100% happy with how they are sitting on her and fingers crossed we can hopefully get a few events in before the end of the season.....
On the positive side though, Roxie is making an incredible recovery and although her knee hasn't completely healed I'm now leaving it uncovered 24/7 and just ensuring it is kept nice and clean! The wound is now just a bit bigger than a £2 coin, which is remarkable considering after surgery her whole knee area was open and visible back to the bone!! I don't think we are going to have hair on the area which is left to heal as there is starting to be black bits of skin grow across without hair. She is much, much brighter now and is even allowed out in the field for a few hours at a time with Milli which she is thoroughly enjoying, especially rolling in the mud (see picture!). She clearly missed the horse-to-horse interaction being stabled all the time! She still isn't 100% sound, I wouldn't say she's 'lame' but she's not 100% 'right' on it if that makes sense?! Whether she comes back 100% sound and fit to compete is still unknown but as long as she's comfortable and happy , that's all that matters :) I'm amazed with how much that ImmuPlus has visible helped her recovery and so are the vets!
Star is also going really well and thoroughly enjoys her jumping having not done much so far in her life other than showing! We've been XC schooling with her and she took to it like a duck to water! Straight over ditches, banks, tyres, barrels, in fact all fences she was asked to jump and straight through the water too! Unfortunately she is now advertised for sale due to my livery, Nicky and her daughter having to move to a yard nearer their house and their livery was my main income so unfortunately I'm very restricted, financially, to what I can do at the moment but looking on the positive side I now have time to do more teaching and riding which is what I love the most so hopefully once I've built up my client base a bit more I should be able to get back out competing in the near future....
Unfortunately this is a bit of a 'down' blog but that's horses for you.....they are great levellers! Being the determined individual that I am though and hence the blog title, it's onwards and upwards now as there is lots of exciting to look forwards to over the coming weeks and months.......Plus there is a new member of the 'four-legged' team joining us this weekend too so keep an eye out for pictures!
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