Baby Horses Progressing

All four of the babies are now in work, although winter holidays for some of them are imminent.

The lovely Captain 💖has been to his first show, jumping super clear rounds, he’s brave and light on his feet, a real jumper, see his rounds here.. Everyone keeps asking how I am getting on with my Renkum horses so I am feeling the pressure to do well on them to help promote our local stud. Based in Castlemorton Renkum Stud has many talented and well bred horses for sale and the owners Henk and Louise Minderman are lovely. Many of their horses jump or have jumped internationally and they also run the equine passport company Breeders Elite , we are very lucky to have such a pretigious stud on our doorstep. 

Diva and Dippy are also going well, both bold and brave, Dippy the cob is my favourite of the two, I just can’t help liking the cobs!. Diva is a stunning mover and a very elegant horse, she’s gentle and kind too. Her round from Hartpury can be seen here. I can’t help thinking she will make an outstanding dressage horse, I have never sat on a canter like it. 

Massimo went to Monmouth eventing last week and went past 2 fields of cows, I was delighted he is getting used to them, there was a tricky left turning combination of skinnies right next to them too and he jumped through easily, a huge improvement for him. He was clear until the third last fence when we made a mistake, I let him come in an a canter that was too quiet and he scraped through the first skinny brush fences so I took a turn between the two fences, suddenly he didn’t feel right so I reluctantly retired him. Turned out he had pulled a shoe off and stood on the toe clip. So that evening he had a pad put on to stop it getting infected. I was so pleased with him as the XC had been tricky all the way round, it had caught out some really good horses. There were so many skinnies, I counted 10, and he just kept on trying. He is such a lovely horse and try’s so hard to please.

A Busy August

Had a fab run at Somerford with Massimo where at last we met some decent turning fences at 100, testing him ready for Novice and he jumped them easily. He’s just awesome XC one of the nicest XC horses I have ridden ever.

Then he had to be withdrawn from the next 2 events first due to a mild virus, that started with a few days of sneezing fits and finished with 3 days with a mild cough. He was soon over this but then while he was off he managed to lose a shoe and stand on it, giving him a foot infection. He is now back in work and hopefully will manage an event or two to finish the season. Come on Massimo you are meant to be out competing & advertising our sponsors fab new product The Haygrazer.

Frustrated with one less to ride, I decided to get Captain back in work. He’s at last looking fat and mature, definitely ready to continue his education. He was turned away in the Spring after he lost a lot of weight being castrated and then being broken in, so now he’s looking amazing I couldn’t wait to do a bit more with him.

With these three – Captain, Dippy and Diva – I have a yard full of babies which is hard work, fun, sometimes tedious and extremely rewarding. My days vary from being thrilled to bits with them all to stressing that the road to them being successful Eventers seems awfully long, especially when I can’t even get into the corners of the school!!! I am doing endless hacking, schooling and more hacking in an attempt to turn them into safe, confident & trainable horses. They all seem to love their work, Diva in particular is very brave & is just the most perfect horse ever, Captain is about 4 months behind them in his training so it’s hard to tell yet where his strengths lie, but my initial thoughts are trainable, huge jump and a really nice person who looks posh on the flat!

All three have become chicken proof, Hugo proof, leaping cat after a mouse proof and barking dog proof (courtesy of some terrifying dogs which chase, bark and snarl at the horses as we hack past). Luckily they are safely contained within a garden fence, although I always wear my hat cam just in case they ever escape.

Had some fab news (feeling a very proud coach) from various clients in July & August too, Saffron Cresswell won team Silver in the Pony Europeans, Alex Holman gained his first placing at a BE event in a Novice, on a horse he has produced from scratch, Saskia Davies pulled off her horses PB dressage score of 30 also in a BE Novice, Alice Ward won her first BE point and is now aiming for a CIC*.

Then to top it all the Ledbury Pony Club Teenagers, whom I train, all passed their B test.

Click on the below image to read the full Horse & Hound report from Saffrons Silver  Medal win in Denmark.

Well done everyone. image