I hope you have all had a lovely Christmas and new year break despite the rather damp weather we’ve been having recently! The horses have been feeling great recently although due to the weather they haven’t been doing masses of work so I have just kept them 'ticking over' but as we approach the start of the 2014 event season everything has now stepped up a gear as the horses begin their fitness work 😊
Even though the weather has been wet and windy we set off to Sandwich Bay on the 2nd January which was very nice as the sun was out for a bit! Roxie loves going to the beach to do canter work but the tide was quite strong so she wasn’t too keen to go in to the water too deep, can't blame her to be honest.....it did look rather chilly or should I say, feel, as I later found out......! She did a few stretches of the beach in canter and felt great, quite strong as always when she’s doing fitness work but it’s great to have her back to full work.
Milli was next and she had no idea what we were doing bless her. She wasn’t very keen at all on the water but once she saw the others go in she braved it and followed my mum in. The tide was still quite strong with the odd wave hitting the shore line which she wasn’t too keen on that’s for sure but she got better and went in up to fetlock depth behind Charley on Todd and stretched her nose down to sniff the water just as the tide came in and a small wave hit her back legs making her jump up into the air at great speed with me on a long contact hanging on for dear life! She continued to jump about as the water approached the shore and started going left then right and just as we were approaching the edge of the water she went left and I went right!!!! It was rather chilly in the water that’s for sure, but after leading her around in the water for a bit I got back on and she was a lot better! I then did a few stretches of the beach in canter on Milli too and she also felt great. Whilst I was walking her off to cool her down I could start to feel myself stiffening up as I involuntarily dismounted from a great height apparently! I do remember looking down and thinking…..this is going to hurt! With a few days of just light work and hacking the horses I'm feeling much better now and at least I got the first fall of 2014 out the way pretty early on! On a positive note I didn’t hurt or ache as much as I thought I might do so my body must be continuing to repair itself from my accident a few years ago!
We are going to continue to battle with the wind and rain in the hope that it will stop soon as spring is nearly here, right? We have quite a few competitions coming up with the horses……we are off to Blue Barn on Wednesday for their BS jumping show where both Roxie and Milli will be jumping. Then we are back at Blue Barn of Saturday for some dressage with both of them and then the following weekend we are hoping to head over to Merrist Wood for the BE JAS classes 😊
The weather is doing it’s best to dampen spirits but as we get closer and closer to March the more excited we are all getting as to what the season has ahead for us.....
***Keep Calm & Canter On***
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