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Tuesday, 29 March 2016

How was your bank holiday?

What did you get up to?

We took full advantage of four days break away from work to enjoy the long weekend.

Showjumping lesson!! These have been going so well recently - Louie is jumping around with a big smile on is face, loving life and taking on the challenges...even getting a little cocky at times!!

Since getting back onborad, we've gone back to basics. I've lost more fitness than I thought, so I've been given lots of homework to work on my jumping position while just riding out. We've also been continuing to make sure that Louie has a consistent & rhythmical approach to fences, and jumps with good technique.

This week, we practised tighter turns, dog legs and one stride doubles, as well as the usual oxers, uprights and fillers.

We've been keeping is small to avoid having more to think about, but it's clear Louie needs more to jump over to improve, so I'm really excited about our next lesson!!

Louie had worked hard in his lesson the day before so he had a day off, which in typical Louie fashion he was not pleased about!

We'd planned to go out on a hack with another livery - the weather, although windy was a beautiful morning. If only we had planned to go in the morning! That afternoon, the wind picked up, and the rain came down. Unusually for us, we took to the indoor school instead. Last week the surface was replaced, so it's a great place to ride, and kept up warm and dry!

Another hack planned - and another wet and windy afternoon, with hailstones at one point! Again we took to the indoor arena but as the sun came back out we decided to head out for a quick hack while the weather seemed to be on our side! While we were riding inside, we decided to swap horses, so it was good for Louie to have someone else riding him and for me to watch another rider on him.

While we didn't get up to too much, we've all enjoyed a relaxed weekend. Louie is coming on leaps and bounds, and clearly loves his work. Hope you have had a great Easter too!!

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