January 2020 – Winter Training and News
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After a lovely festive break for both horses and humans the 2020 season rolled into view and we were all rearing to go!
We had a few sale horses move onto their new homes which is always great – especially at this time of year, ready for season ahead.
The first week of January saw a bit of yard DIY with Three Valleys Equestrian topping up the sand and fibre in our arena. Its important to keep on top of the surface, our horses spend a lot of time on the surface along with hacking so we want to make sure they have the best surface to work on.
After DIY on the yard we moved onto the horses, with Equine Dental Services providing top class dental treatment, making sure that they don’t have any issues that will effect their performance at the start of the season. We always use the down time to get any work done so that the horses just have small routine checks as the year rolls on.
Next up is a head to hoof check over from Lily Jackson our amazing Physiotherapist – again the start of the year is the perfect time to iron out any niggles before we up the work ahead of the first competitions of the season. Lily is integral part of the team and her visits are very well received by the horses, who adore their treatments!
Rather excitedly we have been up to Talland Equestrian with a variety of horses in January, under the watchful eye of Pammy Hutton. But in addition to training and going over plans for the season with Pammy we had the opportunity to take part in filming for a forthcoming Horse & Country TV programme…so keep your eyes peeled!
With the dressage training nailed we headed to the fabulous Chard Equestrian under the watchful eye of Ros Morgan to give them all a jump pre-season…they were all jolly and felt amazing after their winter hols. The babies and newbies, Baby Shark and Molly had their first competitive outing of the year at the same venue, posting great form in the 1.05m classes under Lou’s perfect guidance. Then the more established horses had a spin with Aaron, luckily enjoying some winter sun which had been long awaited!
Rattling towards the end of the month we were grateful to have Lorna Edgar from Baileys pop down to assess the horses body condition and diets ahead of their first events. Happy with the start to the year, a few diets were tweaked and we spent time working through educational topics with our working pupils and staff – its great to have Lorna spend time discussing the finer aspects of horse care with our team, who are all keen to learn.
We roll into February in fine form and Moreton Horse Trials firmly on the horizon…2020 Event Season is a go!