Today all the bigger horses were moved to the horse and jockey field. Saturday mornings will now be at the horse and jockey field for the next few months. The Sunday riders rode the horses to the field, but it was a very long way so most of them were very saddle sore! many thanks for everyones help in moving the horses.
Today was a busy day because as well as Ros and Georgina putting in a new section of fence across the top field the horses at the home field were all lunges to improve their top line- Kezzia lunged belle, Alice lunged Bess, Gemma lunged Merlin, Jasmine lunged Maisey and Heidi lunged Freddie. After this we went to Rowney Green to work with Buster and Tara. Jemma rode Buster in the field and he was very well behaved and Jasmine rode Tara on the lunge. Tara was a little excited as she has not been ridden for a long time but she was not unmanagable and eventually was quite relaxed. Hopefully now she is settled we can lunge her over the next month and she will build more top line and become more calm.
As the landrover was still being repaired we were unable to take all of the horses that we wanted to to the showjumping. Nina took Indy and hacked her there. Indy has not done much jumping before so she was quite difficult at first. Luckily there were not many people there at all so she had plenty of time to practice. Eventually Indy was jumping much more confidently and she was given a rosette for a good try.
This was the day of the first proper show of the year at Alvechurch riding Club. Unfortunately the landrover had to go in for its mot so we were unable to take all the horses. As Heidi's Dad was able to tow one trailer with his van we were able to take two horses. Heidi took Freddie and Jemma took Merlin. Although the weather was awful they still did well, Merlin came 4th in his jumping class and got two clear rounds and Freddie won the Mountain and Moorland in hand class and came 3rd in the best youngster and 6th in th best turned out. Well done all!
Today was quite a quiet Saturday but it was sunny so several of the horses had their tails and legs washed. After lunch we decided that there were so many gingers it would be a good idea to have a 'ginger photo' as its amazing to have so many gingers in one place with only two being related. The horses at the chase behaved well too although they were too hot in their rugs so have swapped now to a summer sheet. Mona had front shoes put on this week (the first time she has managed this since we have had her as she is nervous of men and hated having her hooves picked up).She was sedated but this was still a big success as before even with sedative it has been too dangerous to try but she was very well behaved (Paul the Farrier gave her a 9 1/2 out of 10). Unfortunately she has since managed to get an abscess in her heel but having been treated by the farrier and cleaned and dressed this is clearing up and it does not seem to need any more treatment.
I am the Chair of the Committee that runs Summerfield Stables. I like helping out with the horses as much as I can but I find it hard to find the time.