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!
***Keep Calm & Canter On***
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