A SUMMER OF MANY HORSES

Last summer I had Oscar, and I rode nearly every day, schooling and hacking and jumping. Those who have been reading this blog since then will remember we even went out and did a couple of dressage tests, making our dressage debut

This year has been very different! Far from riding every day, a ride a week would have been good going! 

I had a jumping lesson at the beginning of the summer on a mare called Kizmet. We started with one fence, increased it to a two stride double, back to a one stride double and finally a bounce throughout the course of the lesson. Kizmet was really nice, she made me work hard though but I felt a lot more confident by the end of it and got on quite well with the little grey mare.

A couple of weeks ago I had a flatwork lesson on a horse called Jack. Jack’s a fair bit bigger than Kizmet and a more comfortable ride. He’s an old schoolmaster really but knows how to play up. As soon as I picked up my reins he threw his head in the air, striding off round the school. However, by the end of the 45 minutes I had had some absolutely lovely work from him in walk, trot and canter, over trotting poles and transitions all with his head down; some beautiful and rounded work. We also worked on different bends. So I came out of that lesson very happy having felt a massive achievement!

My bestie Sheryl went on holiday and kindly let me ride Sovreign for her whilst she was away. On the first day we were sensible and went in the school, but then the tractors were out of the field and there was stubble galore! So of course we had to go galloping! There have been a few hacks with Sheryl as well since then so Sov and I are getting to know each other quite well.

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Maddi x

 

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Here comes the sun

Well, summer has well and truly arrived in the UK this week and it has been almost unbearably hot!

I haven’t been doing much schooling with Oscar since I got back from France (Still need to write the next blog for that), we’ve mainly been hacking and enjoying the sunshine! This is great because we hardly hacked at all before I went away because I was being a wimp, but hacking is what I missed most from riding Ellie, so I was determined to go for lots of hacks over the summer!

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This is Oscar’s column on the board where we write when we ride and what we do, so we know how much the horses have done and when they need a day off

Oscar had a day off on Tuesday as it was so unbearably hot, and then I took him out by myself yesterday while Sheryl had a jumping lesson at Hurston Dressage & Eventing. I haven’t hacked out by myself in months but I needed to at some point and he hadn’t put a foot wrong the last three times I’d taken him out, so hacking it was. Either way, there was no way I was going to go in the school in this heat! We went out around a couple of fields and had a canter – we haven’t cantered out in months either – and Oscar was as good as gold: he really is lazy at heart! The ground around the farm varies massively so although the ground was firm where we were cantering, we also encountered a long stretch of muddy puddles! This meant Oscar’s legs needed a wash when we got back, and I washed off his saddle area too because he had sweated a bit.

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Oscar drying off after his post-hack bath :)

In this weather it’s so hot that I really don’t feel like eating anything at lunchtime. Today I picked some raspberries off the canes in our garden and ate them, and some cherries that mum had bought too :) I’ll go to the yard later, but I’m not going in that school until it cools down a bit! Thankfully the weather is cooler today but I want to make the most the great hacking weather while it’s here. Hopefully the farmer will be able to get the crops in soon and we’ll have acres and acres of stubble to go galloping on! I haven’t really got much to do now – my life has gone from crazy, hectic, revising every second of the day, to lazing around, doing a bit of training with the dog and riding in the afternoons. I can’t start getting stuff ready for uni until my place has been confirmed after results day, which is in three weeks so everything crossed!

We’re going sailing this weekend though! :D About time I think! We were thinking of going in to Bembridge overnight but the tides are all wrong, so that will have to wait. We’ll just have to see where the wind takes us, and show of our sparkling white sails. :)

That’s all for now,

Maddi x

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