So much so that I couldn’t even come up with a name for this update.
Apologies for this being somewhat delayed. I’ve been in a slump often referred to as writers block. With this blog, my book, everything. Boo. Sitting and staring at a blank screen, with the cursor blinking expectantly at me is the most frustrating thing ever. Even now as I’m typing this I keep stopping and wondering what sentence to string together next.
The ponies are all well. A little too well in Freddie’s case, he’s on a diet. He isn’t happy about it but I’m at my wits end trying to get the weight off so he’ll have to cope. He’s hacking round the woods now and could go further on the roads, I’m just contemplating whether it is safe to take him out on his own. He’s usually good, just a bit more on his toes and though it doesn’t bother me I don’t want him to jar his legs. We went out to our first show in about a year last month. Credit where it is due, the chubster was flawless. He behaved impeccably on the showground and in the classes (In-Hand as we can’t do ridden yet.) It was like he’d never been away. We came 7th in the first class, M&M, however the judge said he looked & went beautifully and was nicely put together (she couldn’t even tell he’d had surgery!) and it was simply that she prefers welshes. He was just as perfect in the second one and we came 3rd, and qualified for Blue Chip. Very proud moment. His only issue was getting back on the trailer, which he needs encouragement for. He isn’t frightened, just stubborn.
Max goes away to be backed on Monday, he seems (I’m tempting fate here) to have turned a new leaf the last few times I’ve worked with him. He’s been… GOOD! He still has an obsession with standing on the mounting block but at least he isn’t running away from it any more. He is still the big boss in the field, though our new(ish) addition Alfie gives him a run for his money. Storm gets picked on by everyone the poor sod, he keeps coming in full of bites. He’s being as good as ever though he’s frightened of my new coat and wont let me catch him with it on. I don’t know if it’s the fact that it’s red that offends him or the new coat smell. He has a natural jump on him, I know that from his first day with us when he jumped clear out of the arena. Only, under saddle he’s not as sure. We’re working on getting him to actually jump the jump rather than half jump it and take the rails out. In fairness to him, he is incredibly honest and does try everything. It’s just inexperience and the fact that he’s only actually been back under saddle since I’ve had him. He’ll get there..
I’m debating taking him to a dressage in september for some experience. I’ve only ever done a little mini one we did at college and he’s never done one so an experience it will be! I’m sure he’ll go round completely hollow and probably spook at the judges, but at this point so long as we get round the test it’s a win for me, given his utter greenness (is that a word? You know what I mean.)
I gave up there and bobbed to pets at home to get our new additions harnesses.
We’ve recently brought two Miniature Schnauzer puppies into our lives. Teddy & Bertie are absolutely mad, but so lovely. Teddy is a little bigger, Bertie with a much whiter face. I genuinely think that having two puppies is like having an actual baby. Only you don’t have to follow babies round the house constantly in case they decide to poop on your carpet and you can trust that when you put them to bed they wont eat it. Well in most cases anyways. I suppose I could have got those weird dog nappies but then with the fur and other things it’d just be a massive mess.
Following that I went up to the farm to ride (one of the pros of having horses out overnight, no jobs!) and decided to take Fred out on his first hack since before his ops. He’s been around the woods, but we have direct access to them so it’s not really off the yard. Anywho, the last time we went out on our own on the roads we had an incident with a van going over the motorway bridge that frightened him (and was a bit of an ‘oh no’ moment for me too, though that’s not the word I used at the time) so I did wonder what he’d do. Tell you what, he was better than he ever has been. He went straight over the motorway bridge and didn’t even step off the path when an imbecile in a car overtook us too quickly & far too close on the middle of the bridge. It made us both jump as you can’t hear anything coming up behind you with the motorway being so loud, but he was ace. Proper trusty steed. We had a mooch about the roads, passing some people who had a young girl with them that was awe-struck and said “Look! Just like a police horse!”
Anyway, sometimes to de-compress from life taking time out to just have a plod about on your own is all you need. Well, it’s what works for me! The only downside is that to get to more off road hacking you have to do quite a bit on the roads which is a bit too much for Fred just yet, so we’re sticking to on road at the minute.
I’m going to stop this little update here as I’m back in the block.