My journey with Abbey & other horsey bits 'n' bobs



Don’t think we’ll be going to that show on Sunday….

….because of Abbeys new “hair cut”. I intending on just tidying up and taking off half an inch or so but it all went horribly horribly wrong.

Even considered turning her out in a snuggy hood so that the other horses don’t laugh at her. 

Holidays, Olympia, Physios and EquiPilates

Since my last post it’s, quite frankly, all gone to pot!

I’m not too ashamed to say that the cold dark nights have dampened my enthusiasm to ride of an evening. I’ve been struggling for motivation for a month or two and our training has become a little sporadic.

As a result Abbey’s fitness has gradually decreased and then last week I caught a cold. So  I have declared us on holiday! I think it will do us good.

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Success at Kenilworth Show

It’s been a busy week for Abbey and I, culminating with our first proper show.

On Thursday we had a jumping lesson where we did some ‘athletic jumping’.  Our instructor set up a series of poles that were a little short for Abbey.  The aim of the exercise was to reinforce that ‘bounce’ is more important than ‘speed’.

Abbey got the idea straight away, and having trotted through the line of poles on the floor a couple of times we cantered through.  Abbey gave me a lovely short bouncy canter.  Bit by bit our instructor added jumps, until there where three.  Two small fences and a 90cm upright with ‘A’ rails at the end.  Although we only jumped for half an hour Abbey had been so good that we called it a day.

On Saturday we did our first proper show. We learnt lots….

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A day of ups and downs!

Feeling a bit guilty about turning Abbey around- it’s been snowing today and it’s forecast to go down to -2C tonight! As I turned her out this evening in the snow/hail storm I felt like a bad person especially when she’s been rather good today at a showing clinic.

She traveled well (- didn’t get sweaty on the van at all!) and we did some really good work.

I wasn’t sure how it would go. When I was getting ready I realised that a)that Abbey has come into season and was a bit irritable pulling faces at the two horses next door, and b) was really tired having spent the night in the field eating.

I brought her this morning and put her in her stable, went off for breakfast and when I returned she was asleep!

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Abbey’s heritage!

I’ve been doing a bit of googling on Abbey’s pedigree.

Abbey pedigree

I’ve found a YouTube video and quite a few pictures of Abbey’s sire:

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April – Abbey’s first show

Only managed to get out once this month, this time to a local riding club show.  We entered the Mountain and Moorland class and overall I was really please with her.

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