November has been a rollercoaster month for Jet, Dude and I! The days are getting shorter and the weathers, getting colder… winter has arrived! Although I am loving the misty, early morning hacks; it is very chilly!
At the start of the month we had an Intelligent Horsemanship demonstration at college for our Theory of Equitation subjects, with Sam Austin. It was so interesting as I love to practise IH with Jet and Dude and find it is such a fun way to develop a bond with your horse. As IH uses a round pen, they left it up so Jet and I had lots of fun practising tack-less, which is something I love to do with her other than eventing. Checkout my most recent YouTube video which features some clips of me riding Jet riding tack-less:
I had booked to go to 2 Pony Club competitions at BCA and try and qualify for the Dengies with Jet, and then she was going to have a holiday out in the field for a month. But Jet wanted her holiday sooner than planned and went lame on the 18th of November. We had the physio and the vet out but haven’t quite worked out what is causing her soreness in her front legs. She was out in the field for a bit but kept hurting herself, which including getting a horrible cut on her back leg and the other hind leg doubling in size! November hasn’t been the luckiest month for Jet. Luckily she had her Likit Boredom Breaker and her Snak-a-Ball to keep her interested in her stable before her holiday.
I was lucky enough to be offered the ride of my friends horse Tequila (Time fore T) who I took to the first PC competition to do the 80cm and the 90cm. She is very green and hasn’t done much competing, so my aim was to get her round! She did very well in the 80cm, only having 1 pole. The 90cm was a bit trickier for her as it was quite a step up. She jumped the first few perfectly, but then scared herself and got a bit worked up! I didn’t mind as it was very good experience for the both of us. Tequila loves the Likit Snaks and Cherry Treat Bar, which was a perfect way to reward after the competition.
We then took Jet over to our friend’s yard, where Dude is staying while he recovers. Jet will have a month in the field for a month with Dude and have her shoes taken off so she can be a proper horse and have a good rest!
I am currently planning all my events for next season and bringing Jet and Dude back into work. I am hoping to compete in a few JAS’s and BE Jump Training early next year, then ready for the event season to start again in March! Hoping for some good luck this Christmas and New Year, onwards and upwards!
Hope everyone has a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, see you in 2017!