Friday, 30 November 2012
below zero last night and tonight and probably all weekend (that's C, not F, of course!)
G's house didn't flood, by the way, the river lapped the sandbags but no further, phew...
Tuesday, 27 November 2012
poor gaynor couldn't get out of her house, it is the one dry spot amongst the fast and overflowing wear .. lapping up against the sandbags and flood defences, but last i heard not got into the house
happily, our grazing fields are not flooded, and neither are our stables, but there is a nice muddy lake at the field gate
the wear was taking a shortcut today, over the fields at the main yard but at least it missed the yard
and it is still raining
We cancelled the lesson i had booked for today; the weather wouldn't cooperate and even if it had, RI was stuck due to flooded roads...
i've had two days off; i've done a fair amount of baking (mince pies with orange pastry anyone? scrummy...)
Sunday, 25 November 2012
she went down and did morning turnout and got soaked...
weather improved - but she was let down on the childcare front so couldn't - and i couldn't go down as was in the middle of the planned day out with partner - so she's had all the work with none of the pleasure and M hasn't been worked..
Saturday, 24 November 2012
not a long way, but rode out, first time since my fall in september.... made a change from the arena....
but thinking, you know, still struggling to get my confidence back fully... think that fall 2 years ago knocked me back further that i'm prepared to admit to myself...
never mind i'll get there ....
Friday, 23 November 2012
M is seriously muddy again, i decided he could keep that mud pack on until tomorrow
the field gate we are using is seriously muddy as as you walk through you sink into a mud pond to above the feet
the field gate that has been chained up wasn't as bad..
Thursday, 22 November 2012
so monday was rained off.
Tuesday, G says he did some excellent work in the arena - she was lucky to be able to ride as it had rained most of hte morning! she was working on the stuff frm the lesson on Sunday..
yesterday, i did 5 minutes in hand with some flexions - flexions being good for releasing any twinges in the poll area
today, the wind turned gale and there was horizontal rain....and, unsurprisingly, the estate have locked the big double gate to the field that is nearer, and we have to go along to the small one - result, very confused horses. M was confused but willing to follow me, and when i went back for the last one out, he didn't want to move away from his normal gate at all, happily someone came to help!
the large gate is locked due to the mud bath and pond there, but it's not much better further along....and darker, due to being further away from any light sources!
Sunday, 18 November 2012
turned out that M has put his poll out - not hugely, but enough to make him uncomfortable in himself - so the lesson once we'd worked that out was for G to get to grips with steering by the seat, and very good she did too...
and I shall contact the vet tomorrow to see who he recommends by way of physio - chap i used previously spends so much time away with the national Endurance Team he seems to be hardly at home, and they all, these days, say "need vets approval" ...
Saturday, 17 November 2012
driving over cattle grid on lane to yard hit sticking up by of metal. gaynor's partner came up and put spare on for me and all i had time to do was get the mud off the boy. had to go to tyre shop as can't drive round on thin spare
g having lesson tomorrow
hoping the weekend will see an end of it..
and of course, i felt fine getting up every morning, but walking into the stuffy office atmosphere does NOT help - heating, and then people put air con on when it gets too hot !
Sunday, 11 November 2012
Saturday, 10 November 2012
a very busy busy day...
left house about 10.30 to go to mother's;' didn't get away from there until about 1.30 and then had to go to the tyre place as a tyre was going flat - then to buy haylage - got to yard for 3 and had to unload car, so it was 3.30 before i got him in and nigh on 4 before i got on....
think the smart panel has sorted the saddle out... RI doesn't like it, prefers if can shim, but IMHO it does the job much more effectively than taking shims in and out, especially when you get the shimming wrong to start, have to dismantle everything and start again....
he did some nice walk, I was riding better (i could tell, as we had no stops and i was getting the direction i wanted, mostly, and when i didn't i knew what i'd done wrong!) and he did some nice stretching down for the contact
then off to go shopping and finally home by 6.30, having had nothing but a scone and 1/2 cup of weak tea since breakfast....
Friday, 9 November 2012
and tonight did 10 minutes in hand in the arena... don't normally do anything on a friday night but i had some energy, for a wonder, and it was dry ... started to rain as i was leaving so timed that well!
Tuesday, 6 November 2012
Sunday, 4 November 2012
G rode in the arena, M wanted to be out and wanted to be onward bound but it really wasn't safe (if you can't see the pheasants underfoot, you really can't avoid them!) but he worked well, and G said he was listening to her seat telling him to come back to her, which is good
what is even better, is his improving balance - he can now canter in our rather small arena (14.75 x 22. metres.... or thereabouts - it was funny the day RI said "do a 20 metre circle...")
i put my smartpanel under the saddle, the shimming is a shade complicated and I concluded it's either that, or buy a new pad to go with the shimming and why spend more?
Saturday, 3 November 2012
Thursday, 1 November 2012
yesterday, G took M out through the day and had a nice long hack including a canter up the Park (first time he's been cantered whilst out on a hack, would you believe, whilst out on a hack since i got him!). they both thoroughly enjoyed that.
tonight i did 5 minutes or so in hand in the freezing cold in the arena....and that was enough for both of us, I think!