starnge layout or is just all together slightly odd... No I'm not on the whisky
(yet!) but I do finally have a new laptop. But can I work this half touch
screen, half traditional laptop; NOPE! In fact it took me 20minutes to work out
how to turn it off last night so god only knows how this blog is going to turn
Any way on to the good stuff, well
the bag of all sorts that the Riding Club Dressage Area Qualifier resulted
We had a mixed run up after H having
gravel the weeks but ourselves and the farrier were happy to re-shoe him and
bring him back to work. Here I must say how amazing my boy was, previously I
used to dred him having just 2 days off and I'd be getting the neck strap out!
But thanks to EquiFeast's Winning Edge he's become such a happy chap, yes he
still has his energy but he can now contain it in a safe manor!
The qualifier was held at Hunwick an old BE
fixture. Thanks to the lovely weather we've been having the ground was firm but
I must admit I thought nothing really of it as H normally is a fan of firm
ground. My main concern going in was that could I remember 2 tests as I was
doing the team dressage and the riding team test?!?!?! Believe me it was a
challenge especially since I often go wrong in a BE test let alone a BD
First up was the Dressage Team test.
Over all I was happy enough with him, we're working on him becoming much more
supple behind and I did feel an improvement but there's certainly more to come.
The only issue was that on the last half 10m circle he appeared to peck,
however, as it was at the end of the test he was finished before I could tell if
he was ok or not.
We then literally only had a
few minutes before heading straight in for the Riding Test. We entered the arena
in walk where we were to trot at X. We got to X and I asked for an upward
transition and he appeared lame. I held my hand up and the judge let us leave
the arena to have his feet checked. Tried to trot again but it was obvious he
wasn't right so retired.
Obviously I was a tad
worried but luckily no heat/ swelling in the leg and he was happy enough stood
on all feet. But just to make sure he had his Ice Vibe Boots put on. Just before
setting off we went over to check the scores and to my surprise we had scored a
personal best of 72.8%. I was absolutely thrilled as our hard work is obviously
working and our comments were very complementary (another judge telling us
to affiliate in dressage!).
So basically we
went from a personal best in one test to not event getting past the
centre line in the second! Who said horses don't throw curve
H then spent a few days having his foot tubbed only
for some bruising to come out on the heel (which he probably caught when doing
that half 10m circle in the 1st test!). Luckily he's in great form now and