Feb 2020 – The season is looming…
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As we rolled into February it was nice to have the odd day of sunshine to work the horses in! Still lacking heat but it was nice none the less!
Our yard is located in the heart of Dorset, with amazing views, great hills and plenty of off road access – this keeps the horses fit, interested and offers us the ability to tailor the horses training and fitness to truly suit their brain and physical attributes.
With the start of the season looming we headed off to Pontispool for a spin with the horses, there is a great variety of fences and terrain and all enjoyed the outing even if we did get a little soggy!
The great thing about working as a team means that trips like this to Pontispool means that Lou and I can pair up horses to bounce off each other, meaning we can choose them to aid each others training, one that’s good with ditches can help one who is a bit fragile with them, the same with water etc.
Each and every week along with individual tailored work programmes the horses take a trip to South West Equine Water Treadmill which is great for limb strength and fitness as well as a bit of variety for the horses, they all enjoy this aspect of their working week and we are grateful to have such great facilities on our doorstep.
With all the horses feeling on top form and keen for outings we headed off to Chard Equestrian for some Show Jumping.
This winter we have been lucky enough to work with Ros Morgan again, who is an invaluable member of the team, training and developing our performance, helping us chase those vital clear rounds.
The training is paying off with all the horses jumping double clear in the NC and Fox so we trucked home happy peeps with rosettes and pocket money!
Leaving the jumping behind for a few days we made our monthly pilgrimage to Talland Equestrian to see the guru that is Pammy Hutton. Several of the horses were still feeling fresh after our jumping and spent some unnecessary time above the ground but we are grateful to have Pammy on board to keep us on the straight and narrow.
These sessions are great to get the horses focussed and on our return we headed off to King Sedgemoor Equestrian Centre to test our skill with some BD.
A quick turnaround back at the yard to repack the lorry for more jumping at Chard Equestrian…no rest for the wicked!
Onwards towards Moreton Horse Trials…weather permitting!