Coral Herbert: End of Eventing Season Catch Up

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Coral and Thursday in action before she was retired. Photo by Equipix UK

The eventing season didn’t finish quite as I had planned, Saph was booked in to another BE100 at Little Downham. After lots of rain the day before, I decided to withdraw and save him for another day. I also decided to give the last two events I had on my calendar a miss too as we’ve been really busy on the yard at home – having had a new barn with pony stables built! I’m so pleased with them, they look so smart!

Winter MOT’s for both Saph and Frank are in full swing. Appointments for back checks with Sophie Edwards and teeth checks with Charlie Brown are in the diary. Saph’s starting six monthly vaccinations rather than yearly ones… all in the hope that he will be ready for some FEI competitions next season! I’ve added some British Horse Feeds Cooked Linseed to Saph’s diet for the winter months to keep him looking healthy and maintain his condition. Frank holds his weight well, so he will be sticking with his Fibre-Beet, and his usual feed.

We held a Halloween gymkhana for the children we teach here at Roman Bank, which was great fun! We decorated the ponies and built a “photo booth”. Everyone came in their best Halloween costume and I had the photos printed as a keepsake. The gymkhana games took place in the floodlights for an extra spooky atmosphere, and everyone went home with a goodie bag and Halloween cupcakes to round off a lovely evening!

We’ve also just started the Pony Club evenings again. Having helped Mum teaching theory/management sessions every week, since I was about 15 years old up until Covid times, it was so nice to be back starting “lectures” again last week!

My little horse, Thursday (now 24), has been poorly this week with a nasty infection. She has a horrible lump on her head/cheek and is on the strongest antibiotics she can have at home. Fibre-Beet has been an absolute godsend this week, as she isn’t interested in eating her haylage at the moment. She’s been such a special girl for me and I’ve owned her 11 years now! She’s had the dentist out, blood tests to check her liver and kidneys as well as a strangles test – which all came back ok thankfully. As you can imagine, I’ve been really worried about her. She has another vet visit tomorrow and I’m really hoping she will get better soon!!

Catch up again soon,
Coral x

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