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Thursday, 28 February 2019

February Round Up

February seems to have taken AAAAGES to get through... I'm not sure if it was all the excitement and anticipation of the Regionals at the end of the month, but I think it is the first time I have ever sat down to write a monthly update post where I haven't seen the month flash by in a heartbeat...

So what did we get up to? Well, still lots actually.

Tuesday, 26 February 2019

British Dressage Winter Regionals 2019

OK, so for all of you that follow us & keep up to date with us across our social media will probably be more than aware we've been pretty excited about heading up to Morris Equestrian Centre to compete in the Winter Regionals after qualifying back in November.

Well the weekend finally came around...honestly, it seems absolutely years ago that we entered, let alone since we qualified! I'd had a competition & training schedule for the start of the year to help get us nicely prepared and feeling confident. Unfortunately, and as always, it didn't all fall into place, it didn't work out how we had quite hoped, but we made the Regionals, did our test, didn't disgrace ourselves and had a fantastic weekend too!

So, sit back and enjoy our journey to the Winter Regionals!

Sunday, 17 February 2019

Dressage Training Update - 11.02.19

Each month, we attend a flatwork training clinic with Cathy Burrell where we spruce up on our dressage skills. Unfortunately, due to the winter flu, January's clinic was cancelled, so I was even more looking forward to our February session!

It didn't disappoint either, it was a super productive and fun session. We worked on lots of different aspects, starting off with straightening up our canter. I hadn't realised how Louie's hin was drifting inward but with an arena with a few mirrors at the end of the long side, I'd no excuses not to spot it!

Tuesday, 12 February 2019

Equine Gastric Ulcers

For those of you who don't follow us on Instagram, you'll have missed our Thursday vlog story with a bit of an update. It was only a minute or so long, so I've decided to give a much more in detail update on the blog as I'm also really interested in showcasing our story and the progress along the way. So, sit back, whether with a lovely hot cuppa or a glass of chilled wine (depending on the time of the day!), and I hope you enjoy the insight from our experience in this post.

After we came back from a dressage competition at Richmond Equestrian Centre at the end of January, Louie seemed fine. Still into chewing the bobble on your hat, getting hold of all the toggles on your jackets & into every pocket looking for sweeties. Nothing seemed out of the ordinary, and the key to this, is that nothing ever did. Louie enjoyed the next night off, as did I, and as I happily walked up to his stable on the Tuesday, he was in his usual place, snoozing after a day out in the field. He didn't come to the door of the stable, which was odd, but I didn't think too much of it, and popped my saddle on the rack outside his door, open my cupboard and grabbed a couple of sweets. Still no Louie... That is weird, I thought.

Thursday, 7 February 2019

Silvermoor Ambassador Search

I am THRILLED to have made it into the final 10 in Silvermoor's search for their latest ambassador! But now we really need your help to secure as many votes as possible to help us become the latest member of their team! So please, if you can spare two minutes, please head over to the link below and give us your vote!

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Sunday, 3 February 2019

Horsey Duvet Days

It's that time of the year again where the snow and ice are putting pause to all of fun & games with our horses... Where I'm stabled, we've actually been quite lucky in that we haven't really got much snow, and you can just about negotiate your way around & out of the yard without looking like a bad impression of Torvil & Dean! That said, the overnight hard frosts mean that the grass is rock solid and not an ideal delicacy for any horses stomach, so Louie hasn't been to play out for a few days now!

Friday, 1 February 2019

January Round Up

I am very pleased to say that I have very much started 2019 as I mean to go on... We've done everything we could possibly have wanted! Enjoyed beautiful early morning and late afternoon rides around the local Northumberland countryside, been to two dressage competitions, worked on our showjumping and flatwork at home, and had two MEGA showjumping sessions.

Sounds busy? It has been!!
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