Pha Mai Blue, my gorgeous ex-racer who I bought in February, has been nothing short of a little star since his arrival. It’s been so nice to get out competing again, and we’ve so far managed to achieve some pleasing results at an unaffiliated ODE, placed at unaffiliated SJ on a few occasions, and also placed at a hunter trial. He’s done really well and is starting to get a nice little stash of rosettes going on! He has loads of scope and is super brave at all kinds of fences too, I just love riding him and his great attitude to life and anything that’s asked of him. He is doing wonders for my competition nerves as I’ve just felt so at home with him from day 1.
His flatwork (and mine actually) is coming along massively, and now I feel we’re up to speed jumping together, I’d really like to get some dressage tests under our belts. This is my weakest phase, but he’s teaching me to be much more relaxed in the saddle and through my hands and elbows; of course that means taking the tensions out of me has led to a horse without tension! Charlotte Dujardin I am not, and we’re not exactly ready for piaffe and pirouettes, but he feels streets ahead of anything I’ve achieved before and I know my trainer Sharon of Kilminster Equestrian has been pleased with our progress. It feels like the penny is dropping for me, and it’s coming much more naturally. My aim is to target our 1st BE in July, so hopefully between now and then we can channel our inner dressage diva practicing some prelims at local level. Small steps certainly feel like they’re making a big difference, but we’ll just see if I can apply this in a test situation before I get too excited!
Ruby has unfortunately taken a back seat over the last month or more; she was starting to get sore over her back and withers because the saddle we had made for her was lifting at the back, and moving forward towards her neck. Such a shame as then we ended up with her jumpy about the saddle again, which the Activo-med had helped us to address.
We tried a saddle on her over the weekend though (I can’t tell you how tricky she is to fit – not helped by her new broodmare look thanks to the spring grass and lack of work!) which seemed to fit well, and she responded well in it too. She was a total angel considering it was the first time I’d ridden her in such a long time, I actually couldn’t believe how well she went! Perhaps the regular sessions with the Activo-Med have helped, but I was very proud of her. Although enthusiastic, she felt very naturally soft and manageable. Let’s hope this continues and she can get back on with her work again, she has been most put out at not being ridden and having a job to do! I’d love to think about some intro’s with her over the coming months, she needs to get out and start competing!
Onwards and upwards, lots to be positive about!
A few pics below of both horses from our recent exploits...