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.
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)
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.
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).
July 23rd was a day destined for XC schooling. Of course it couldn’t run smoothly and the day before (Saturday 22nd) when I retrieved Bonnie from the field she was minus a shoe. A message to my farrier was off immediately and I am lucky that he came out early the Sunday morning on his day off to put it back on for us.
My most viewed blog post on here is my “Retiring your horse of a lifetime”. In that post I explain the decision process we went through having to retire Tobias from competition, explaining how he hacked.
As of June 28th, Tobias was officially retired to the field. He can no longer be stabled.
Slap on the wrist for me for my absolutely AWFUL time management skills at updating this blog. In my defence, a hell of a lot has been going on. But you will find out all about that over my next few blog posts.
Catching up, on June 11th, Bonnie and I headed to the Jump X Challenge at Laurel View Equestrian Centre. The weather was to be desired for with periods of gale force winds (so much so that the X fence had to be changed from planks to a skinny, as the jumps were falling down before people even got to jump them) and bursts of heavy rainfall. Your average summers day in Northern Ireland.
Our first competitive outing with our new mascot Schuberry and he certainly proved lucky..
We were originally intending to skip the final of the SJI league we have been competing in, when on Friday night mum received a text notifying her we had qualified for the final. She was working until 7pm.
What a fabulous day out with Bonnie on May 21st, 2017.
After having the majority of May off due to silly me being sick, Bonnie was only ridden 4 times before taking her schooling and has spent the rest of the time in the field. Despite her lack of exercise she did not once fail to disappoint.
Just thought I would write a short little post to welcome our newest addition, Schuberry.
Schuberry is a descendant of Willberry Wonder Pony, mascot of inspirational teenager Hannah Francis who sadly passed away in August 2016 after fighting terminal bone cancer.