Time on my hands?…

With Soap off games due to his abscess I turned my attention to my feed shed which was getting a little out of control. Above are some pics of the make over. His foot is looking much better after, poultices, hot tubbing with saline solution, and hydrogen peroxide, fingers crossed we can get a shoe back on this week.

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Sod’s law

I have started ramping up the training schedule for Soap in preparation for Tweseldown in March. I just bought his BE season ticket, and booked us a place on a BE CDT day at West Wilts, and this Sunday I had some showjumping planned. In preparation for this I joined the H&H forum to ask for tips on getting an improved tuck over fences, and how to make him slow his jump down. I got some fab advice such as trying grids on a curve, and jumping from walk which I couldn’t wait to try out on Saturday before the…

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Inspiration & perspiration

A little inspiration from H&H… I saw this in the village shop and had to get it. The article really strikes a chord. I think John Price hits the nail on the head when he said “Where else can I chase an Olympian round a field” I don’t know of any other sport where your professional idols are so accessible, and where you can compete on equal terms with them. It’s magic I guess I should have seen it coming when I bought a horse called ‘Playing Dirty’. Above is a litte ‘before’ and ‘after’ of what can be achieved…

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Change of sponsor…well not really…

My very first sponsor www.ridemyhorse.co.uk has been rebranded. They have relaunched as www.equineadverts.co.uk. The importance of a good url to drive more traffic was the reason for this re-brand. Promotional activity for them had been put on hold due to the re-brand but now it’s launched we can get going again. I am always looking for more sponsors, the more the merrier! So if you would like more details please get in touch.

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6am start & freezing rain, worth it for 9th?…

We set off for some more dressage last Sunday, and I’m still weighing up the pros and cons of pushing on through despite the awful weather!… We had just the one prelim to do and despite my best efforts Soap really wasn’t ‘feeling it’ in the warm up. The freezing rain was pelting us, and every time we ventured past the hedge that sheltered us in half the arena he adopted the opposite bend in order to hide from the rain. The test was indoors but he was unsettled and noisy, and he broke his left lead canter because a…

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Link me up baby!

In a quest to get more traffic to my site I am on the prowl for reciprocal links from like websites. Berkshire County Riding Club have obliged, so I’d like to say a quick thank you to Mike Scholl for putting that in place, and if you are looking for a competition to go to in the berks/wilts/hants area you should check them out they are a cracking little club.

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‘No foot, no horse’ and don’t I know it!

I don’t know if this is something that just tb’s suffer from but as soon as winter starts to bite Soap’s feet fall apart! This year I am trying a multi pronged attack to keep his shoes on and feet growing. On the advice of my farrier I have started using ‘Hoof Heal 5-in-1’ it’s a little tricky to find but Frogpool Manor had some in stock. To fight the foot rot from within I have put him on biotin, and a general vitamin supplement. On top of all this he is dressed up every day in a full set…

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We won!

After last weekend’s success I decided to enter Soap into two more prelims at Sparsholt. Again practising was tricky as the clocks have now changed, and the weather has been horrid. On wednesday night my instructor came and clipped him for me so at least he would be looking good even if we didn’t manage to come up with the goods! Prelim 7 was our first test and he warmed up nicely, stretching through his neck and accross his back. For some reason at home we don’t always get a very nice canter but out he always seems to produce…

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