We got to Oasby over an hour later than planned. Not ideal for a horse that needs a good half hour warm up before dressage!! Well... I trotted into the warm up arena to be told I was next to go and practically trotted straight into the test. Definitely not ideal! It was much less a case of riding a fluid, well presented, obedient test than clinging on for dear life upon a snorting dragon who just wanted to canter everywhere and stay as far away as possible from the judges car!!! We got through the movements via a method which I think is referred to as damage limitation!
Anyway dressage was done, Vicky (Kenko’s owner) and I decided that we would just focus on the jumping phases and forget about the dressage. Little did we know that it would only get worse!
Kenko warmed up well but struggled slightly with the sticky ground so I set off in the ring riding forward to try and help him out. He actually jumped really well-over most of the fences. However there was a rustic spread at which for some reason he just didn’t really take off properly and ended up scrambling through the top rails. We carried on and he jumped the last five fences beautifully. I was fairly pleased with his efforts on ground that didn’t really suit him (he’s a fairy and doesn’t like the mud too much). We then headed back to the trailer to get changed for xc. I jumped off only to find blood pouring down his off hind... And I mean pouring. The on-site vet was fab and had a good look and she decided that he had most likely studded himself rather badly (down to the bone in places...eek) luckily though he was completely sound and once cleaned up we took him back home to the vets (luckily Vicky works for a vet) and he had 15 stitches… Poor boy!
So after that traumatic day we vowed to trust our instincts and if things go wrong which would stop any normal person from continuing we too should ‘have a day off’. Of course, hindsight is a marvellous thing and on another day it could all have gone swimmingly! Kenko has since made a fantastic recovery and all is looking good ahead of his next event at Belton.
Rosie is also getting ready for her second event at Norton Disney having made her eventing debut at Osberton. She is such a star and is taking to everything like an old pro! She had an outing to a local arena eventing show where she jumped a super smart double clear to finish fourth. We’ve also been to Somerford and Vale View for some training and she seems to be taking it all easily in her stride. I love that mare and can’t wait to get her out eventing again!!
So hopefully my next blog will be one filled with warm weather and sunshine… I will remain optimistic. After all I keep being told that spring is just round the corner!!