April has bought highs and lows for Fred and I, as well as unfortunately, a fair bit of GCSE revision. However, we made the most of the Easter holidays and the lovely weather and were still very busy!
We were plaited and ready with the lorry packed the night before our first BRC Dressage championships which we were riding at on the 2nd of April. I went to check the horses at 10pm to find Fred hardly able to breathe suffering from what appeared to be an asthma attack of some sort. We called the vet out immediately who controlled his breathing and helped make him comfortable for the night. In the morning, we made the easy decision to withdraw from the Championships as Fred was still not 100% and his health and well-being is the most important thing to me. Unfortunately, he was going so well and he would require time off work to recover.
Determined to make the best of a lovely day and with the change of plans we decided to take Roly out for a special treat to Maidensgrove Common for a gallop and a hack! He LOVED it and was over the moon to have a fun outing! We stopped at the pub and when we got back he was even given a free ice cream by the very kind ice-cream man who stopped by!
We had such a lovely surprise to come home to find a delivery from Likit over Easter! Fred was thrilled with all of his treats and I loved my Easter egg and Likit mug!! Fred felt very lucky and spoilt to have his very own Rainbow Likit which he thoroughly enjoyed attacking! It was so kind and we are very grateful indeed!
After a short period of time off, we took Fred off to do some show jumping at Cherwell Equestrian Centre. There had been lots of entries on the day which meant that we were waiting for a few hours for our first class to start, however, Fred flew round and I was thrilled to discover that we finished 4th in a class of over 35 people. Unfortunately, we had to leave before the start of the second class as it was running so behind. We wore out Likit gear and Fred looked super smart in his white competition numnah.
Roly and I had a blast around the West Whycombe Sponsored Ride which we went to. He jumped everything and flew round – he absolutely loved it and even enjoyed racing an ex-team chaser horse up the hills! However, we both got our feet very wet when trotting through the river (it was much deeper than we thought)!
We then took Fred down to Attington stud for some XC schooling on their new surface – we took the inhalers just in case there were any problems, however, I am pleased to say that his breathing was under control and his fitness is still good! Fred flew everything and despite the heat he was a star and hopefully it is an indication of his recovery in time for our eventing season!
We finished the month off with our second BRC National Championships at Bury Farm. I was riding as an individual for my riding club with Fred and we were doing a novice dressage test. I was really pleased with our test and we received some lovely comments from the judge. I was over the moon to finish 13th which was a big achievement for Fred and I. It was such a fun atmosphere and really well run!
We hope everyone had a happy Easter.
Lucy, Fred and Roly!