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Tuesday, 1 November 2016

October Round-Up

Another busy month during October!

Showjumping coach Philippa started maternity leave at the beginning of October, so we were keen to keep up with our jumping in between, setting goals and objectives, just like we do in a lesson. So, we've been hiring arenas to make sure that we keep seeing different things and don't become stale at home.

Louie is becoming more and more keen when jumping, so on our own, we've decided to keep the jumps really small and work on keeping him together, in a consistent rhythm with a nice technique. We booked a local arena after a British Showjumping show, lowered the course and had a play - much more rhythmical and controllable in front of the fences.

We've also had a Cathy Burrell dressage lesson on 10th, where my stirrups were promptly removed when I expressed I could relax my lower back in the canter... That was that issue fixed!! It's been over two years since I rode without my stirrups in the canter - it took a lot of effort to lift up and out!! But thankfully I was able to walk the next day....! 

I actually found it really useful, so repeated it in a schooling session later that week, as well as over canter poles the week after (that was a lot harder, but again really useful to my seat and body when cantering - Louie clearly found it better too!)

Thankfully this isn't how I was the next day!!
Mid month we headed out to our first competition since the one day event that early September - a local dressage competition. We've already added a report on how we got on at that dressage competition, so take a read.

Although we've been hiring a few venues, we've also had a jump at home in between to keep us going, working on a figure of eight to improve our corners, turns and rhythm through them, again, keeping everything very small.
We had the fantastic news in October that we have been shortlisted for Equestrian Blog of the Year, which was so exciting and really made me proud to think that this blog has been recognised along with some other really good blogs! If you would like to give us a vote, just follow the link - voting closes midnight 4th November! https://surveyplanet.com/57fbbe270fd7773010cf4632

We also enjoyed some really beautiful early morning weekend hacking...which never fails to disappoint!

October 24th also marks the day that we lost Thomas two years ago.

The last week of October I had family staying and then went away with work, so Louie had a few days rest, to which he came back schooling like a dream, but the next night came in from the field with a very obvious abscess! That's annoying, especially when I was due at another dressage competition two days later! Fingers crossed it will be all gone in the next few days and we can crack on into November! We've a lot planned, so stay tuned!

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