Finding Out What Was Wrong – More Vets, Osteoarthritis, Chemical Arthrodesis and Stem Cell Treatment.

I really need to timetable myself time to blog. Because otherwise, I end up having to catch up a lot. So I guess I’m back to catching up. I won’t even promise to try keep up, because we all know, I won’t.

On March 6th, I rode Bonnie and she had been very excitable for her first day back doing polework per the instructions of our physio (I talked about that in my last post – click here to read it). She was going great! I talked about it on my Instagram – click to see the post.

On March 7th, Bonnie seen her physio again. Boo unfortunately went lame after her antics and the physio referred us to get investigative tests done to see what is up with her, so we headed to the vets on Monday the 12th of March, at 2pm. This was after the trot-up and Bonnie was dropping her pelvis on her hind end. The physio did not want to work on her without further investigation from the vet.

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Portmore Arena Eventing: Schooling, Competition, and Boo is lame again – another Physio appointment! . [January 2018]

Once again I’m behind with these blog posts, but in my own defence, I’ve been very busy. Since I last wrote a post, I’ve had a second eye surgery, been dealing with a lame horse, and bringing a horse home! (but you can read about that in my next blog post which I will also be writing today, that’s if my fingers don’t fall off from the cold first though).

On January 7th, after a night of cold temperatures, we had planned to take Bonnie schooling to Eric Pele’s all weather XC. However, when we were a mere 5 minutes away, we got a call telling us not to come – because the place was frozen solid.

Panic stations began, trying to find a place local to the area (as it was an hour away from us) and to no avail, we eventually rang up Portmore which was in the complete opposite direction. They had the first leg of their £1000 Arena Eventing league on, but said we were more than welcome to come and school around afterwards. Pretty good deal – yes? So off we headed on our little journey to Lough Neagh. (fun fact: we travelled over 200 miles this day trying to actually get somewhere to ride)
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Alan Davies Signature Brush Set (Eqclusive) – Full Review.

Before I begin this written review, you can watch my demo & review in one on my Youtube channel – here is the video below.
This blog post and this video are NOT sponsored and all opinions are my own. 

I was lucky enough to receive these brushes for Christmas, bought off Eqclusive. My mum commented that the delivery time was amazing, and they arrived in sturdy packaging sealed close with tape so that they would be secure in transit. We live in Northern Ireland (if you haven’t figured that out by now) so they had to cross the water and go into the busy mail rooms before they were delivered to our door.

When I opened the brush set I was in absolute awe. They are much nicer in person than they are in the photos (not even sure how that’s possible). When someone promotes a product, no matter what the product is; you question if they are actually effective. Everyone knows the food in the adverts looks way better than it does in real life.

I sat and stared for 20 minutes, admiring every brush individually. Then the video popped into my head, but I figured a written review is much better for those who may be researching this on the bus and don’t want to blast audio. So today I will tell you what I thought of every brush individually, the packaging, and every aspect of the Alan Davies Signature Brush set.
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How I Stopped My Horse From Napping

Napping: When a horse, runs to the back of a ride, runs or drags towards the exit of the school or arenas, plants feet when taken out on own and refuses to go foward etc. Or the horse stands still and refuses to move in reaction to a worrisome or unpleasant situation (NewRiderForum).

As long as I know have her, Bonnie was prone to napping. In the first few months of owning her, it wasn’t a huge issue. Then, in July, it started to affect our partnership as it became more and more frequent and was beginning to get dangerous.
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Moving Yards – My Ultimate Checklist. [September 2017]

So, I really am quite awful at keeping up to date with my blog. I was doing so well, and then went blind. So I think we can excuse my lack of updates. I’ll try write a few posts to catch up before 2018!

I moved Bonnie yards in September and decided to compile my ULTIMATE CHECKLIST of what I looked for when I was considering moving her (I am happy to report I am the happiest I have ever been at a yard, almost 3 months in).

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Process of Elimination: Chiropractors, Physiotherapists, Vets, Farriers & Dentists.

Every professional who works in the field listed in the title of this blog has seen Bonnie between August 19th, 2017 and September 18th, 2017 (yes, I have spent too much money. Let’s not remind me of my sad bank balance).

If you read my last blog, granted I posted it a very long time ago, so if you want to recap you can click here. Alternatively, the most relevant bit to this blog post is below;

“We had her booked in with our chiropractor before the event for August 21st – but I’ll make another post on what we’ve done since discovering that she is lame.”

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Our first go at Eventing Ireland – Topspec EI90 Maddybenny, August 2017.

I left you off on my last blog with an update of how our first go at a 1m course competitively went, and at the end mentioned I should’ve known something was up (you can read that blog by clicking here).

We set off on Wednesday, August 16th and headed up to stable at Maddybenny in time to settle for the Eventing Ireland on Saturday. Having been there several times this year, it was like going home as the entire yard, the liveries and staff are so lovely and welcoming. We had a great ride on Wednesday and Thursday and were looking forward to a lesson with my amazing instructor on Friday morning at 9am (maybe not so much the time of the lesson!).

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Our first 85cm Two-Phase event.

We are thankfully all caught up on the blog posts now, so it is time for our most recent competition. Our second two phase (Bonnie’s third as she did one as a 5 year old), and it went better than I could ever have hoped.

I was first to go on the start list for the 85cm class. We’ve been schooling around at least 1m for a while now so I didn’t want to drop back to the 70 class (which the the one we did in April, but I hadn’t started this blog at that point). We had been schooling the week before around a mixed track of 85cm-1m (which you can read about on my last post here).

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