Wow, March certainly went by fast for Sprout and I! On March 6th, we travelled to Pachesham EC for our first BSJA of the season, where we competed in the discovery and the newcomers. It was a bit of a four fault fever day, tapping one jump in the discovery, and having two down in the newcomers. One of the poles was due to Sprout showcasing his coordination and standing on his front overreach boot in style, so we went crashing through the jump! It did make him very careful for the remainder on the round though! Check out the video from our rounds here:
March 16th marked the 3 year anniversary for Sprout and I, which we celebrated in the form of a carrot cake that sprout scoffed before I had the chance to have any, it really is lovely knowing I'm so loved! Another lesson was learnt this moth, and that was to keep farrier tools on the yard! A mere 36 hours after sprouts new shoes were fitted, he came hobbling across the field on three legs, and upon examination, he had twisted the shoe (quite impressively may I add) and had ended up with a toe clip in his foot. Luckily it hadn't gone in very far, but obviously we had to get it out quickly to lessen the damage. Hats off to my farrier for securing the shoe so well, but it did take us a good 2 hours in rapidly diminishing daylight to get the shoe off. After ringing round what felt like the entire area looking for tools, we ended up just pulling the nails out with pliers, which thankfully worked and Sprout was fine the next day!
Also this month was my Grandfathers 70th birthday, so we all travelled to Gloucestershire for the day on the 20th to celebrate which was lovely! It has been a while since the entire family has been together to it was really nice to see everybody!
Half term arrived and it has so far been spent revising for my exams which are looming closer scarily fast! I have managed to get out and about in the lorry, going to Attington Stud schooling on the 29th, and going to Lyneham heath on the 30th. Its always an incredible opportunity to go to a venue as lovely as Lyneham, especially having a lesson with Owen Moore! Within the first 10 minutes he had picked up on some bad habits i had picked up, and when I correctly applied the aids needed, Sprout was flying! Owen seemed to love Sprout as well, naming him “the little horse with the big jump” which was lovely to hear! The video from our lesson can be viewed below:
Next month is a busy one, the first weekend entailing a trip to Bury Farm for the Pony Club showjumping, and cross country schooling at Attington in time for our first event of the season at Tweseldown on the 17th!
I hope everybody had a lovely Easter, enjoying the rare sunshine with their ponies!