Wednesday, 31 December 2014

fence down...

when i got to the yard this afternoon, M was were all the geldings, it transpired. the field fence is down at the bottom of the hill.  the estate workers had all gone home, of course (if they were even in, who knows) and no one had been able to get hold of YM at that point.

and M was still covered in very wet soggy mud - all up the side of his neck etc.  apparently the last thing he did before being brought in was roll!


so i fed him, put more haylage up, and came away again...

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

cold winter break

i rode today, yay, and did something right as my hip did NOT hurt when i got off.. thought it was going to , but didn't.

went out round the 20 acre late on with one of the others, who unexpectedly decided to ride having not planned to...

i didn't think it was safe to ride yesterday, frost all over which never really let up on the ground horses were slipping and even arena was frozen (well, half frozen by the afternoon, the sun having unfrozen one half of it).

not as much riding done as i'd planned for the holiday, but that's often the way in the winter....

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

a success

for the first time ever, i got Monfils to trot on the lunge.  was a bit of a battle, but did it. i was well pleased and told him so.

happy christmas all...

Saturday, 20 December 2014

socks falling down

mine, inside my boots, whilst doing some in hand work.  very very uncomfortable indeed!

the boy did good left rein; right rein he wasn't interested in at all and did badly .... never sure what part of that is me and what part of it him (right rein being his worst) but on balance lack of doing it for a while will have been relevant.

eventually the sock problem got so bad i gave up ...... when i took the boot off i found the sock altogether off!

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

age catching up with me

there was a time when, winter nights, only rain/snow would stop me doing something with my horse... these days i find the cold is just too much for me...


Monday, 15 December 2014

no swelling

this morning or tonight, so who knows what that was ... hopefully nothing and never repeated.

but it went really cold again.....after gettin gup to 9 degrees C yesterday and not too cold this morning...


Sunday, 14 December 2014

yesterday but not today

for riding, that is

i rode yesterday, my feet were well cold time i'd finished; wasn't as pleased as last week, i'm doing something wrong again, but on the other hand it's good that he just stands whilst the mares race towards him at full pelt on the other side of the fence!

G couldn't ride today = she rang, he has a swollen jaw?  weird. apparently he's eating fine, so teeth must be ok.

he did that before, a few years ago, on the left, that time we were sure there was a bite, but no sign of any such thing this time.

will have to keep an eye on that...

Saturday, 6 December 2014

a good afternoon

after a bad start - apart from the -3C temperatures, when i got to my mother's i had to take her to hospital (again) - she'd clearly had some sort of fall and skinned her arm, it needed dressing.  couldn't remember how, where or when, of course (i concluded must have been last night...).  however, all sorted and dressed by the nurses who know her well at the local minor injuries unit!  that all put me well behind with life and i had thought i wouldn't have time to rid,e but i did, and even got some trot strides (not very well and not very far - but progress!) quicker progress than i anticipated after the abscess layoff and the lack of work through the week...

Thursday, 4 December 2014