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Monday, 4 February 2013

A Great Motivating Lesson

At the end of 2012, Thomas took life a little easier and had a break from competing and training. The start of 2013 saw things start off excellently, with a win and second place at our first dressage of the year.

Since then, we have unfortunately had a very unwelcome guest - SNOW! 

Fortunately, this has now all melted, and although it is still very cold and wind here in the North East, at least this weekend we could continue our fitness and training plans.

Starting on Saturday afternoon with a rather fast trot out from the yard and around the industrial estate - the ground is very muddy everywhere, so we need to stick to the roads for now to get our fitness work in. It gave us just over 4.6 miles which is a good start when Thomas hasn't been able to get out and stretch his legs recently.

Sunday was another great day for us - I'd arranged to have a lesson from my regular instructor, who owns the yard where Thomas is kept. It'd been a long time since we'd had a lesson, and I was really looking forward to working on the things that we'd struggled with on a night in the arena. It was a great lesson! Thomas worked beautifully, and we found a great way to help improve the left side bend that we'd found a lit difficult. 

Unfortunately, although Andrew was watching, we weren't able to get any photos or video, however we are out and about competing this coming weekend - we are very excited to be back out! We'll make sure we post to say how we got on...

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