One very exciting thing to report is that I have been selected as a Horslyx ambassador! They held a search for six people to represent the brand throughout 2014.
I applied because I've been a fan of Horslyx for years so I felt I was able to be really passionate about their products. Following a selection process and telephone interview, I'm very proud to say I was chosen as one of the lucky six ambassadors. You can see all six of us on their ambassadors page here.
I first started using Mini Horslyx when we used them as the 'carrot' in carrot stretches (see what I mean by clicking here) and have since found them a great distraction during farrier visits, clipping, plaiting - you name it!
They also come in larger licks that can be fed in the stable or in the field, and are full of vitamins and minerals, as well as a healthy hoof formula. They come in different flavours with extra benefits, like Mobility Horslyx and Respiratory Horslyx, and you can even feed them in place of hard feed. A really versatile product with multiple benefits, and the horse's all love them. I'm looking forward to receiving my Horslyx products and clothing, and flying the flag for them this year.
I've been really happy at the old yard for the past two years, but it was a 20 minute journey on a good day, which meant that I've been spending at least 40 minutes driving there and back before work, and another 40 minutes after work at night. Couple that with mucking out two horses, riding two horses, oh and a busy full time job plus my other journalist work - let's just say I've been pretty busy!
The new yard has the same facilities as before - internal stables, nice arena with floodlights and jumps, lunge pen etc - but the difference is it's 7 minutes door to door. I can't tell you what a difference it has made! It also has the added bonus of superb hacking, which I'm looking forward to trying out this weekend. (Might need to take the satnav.) After my visit to Vittoria Panizzon in January, one major thing I took away was the importance of hacking for fitness. Previously most of my hacking was road work, and I didn't really have access to anywhere for going cantering, but I'm assured the new yard has miles of off roading and cantering to be done through the valley, complete with hunt jumps - both of which will be invaluable and FUN!
Both horses seem really happy there, although they have become very clingy since the move and don't like to be apart. They're getting better every day, and the more comfortable and safe they feel in their new home, hopefully the more they will be happy to be apart from one another.
Competing wise, before the move we were able to get Blue out to some dressage. It was his first outing in over 6 months so a bit ring rusty! He was a good boy and came away with a ribbon for fourth place, let down by being a little distracted in the main arena which pulled our marks down. For instance, our final halt was a four, due to a well timed turn to look at something of interest in the distance! Bless. He felt just fab warming up though, so excited about what's to come.
We'd hoped to go SJ locally on Sunday but he was just too upset in the trailer leaving Ruby that it wasn't worth risking an injury, and perhaps two days after moving was too soon. On the horizon we have our TeamQuest debut and some combined training - unfortunately our first BE event in the calendar was Tweseldown early in March, but our entry was refunded as the event has been cancelled due to the awful weather and it's effect on the course. We will most likely be targeting Larkhill as our first event now in April - if the rain ever stops! Flippers, anyone?!