So, Stanley’s big, fat leg decided to follow us into the New Year. Frustrating, but sometimes these things are sent to try us, and we have to work with it. We used the time to get him as ‘Regional’ ready as possible as our first trip to Merrist Wood for the Elementary Music Regional and only four weeks away.
Lots of scrummy Fibre-Beet was in order to replace the fibre he was losing by not being in the field. New shoes from David Jones Dip Wcf, a good physio session from Sorcha Moneley (Equilibrium Veterinary Physiotherapy), Biomechanics training for me from Emma Westmacott and saddle checked by Sara Prosaddles Morrison. What a team!
After 10 days of walking we were ready to go again - a little bit rusty after our unexpected few weeks off but the good bits were amazing. I found a picture from when I first got Stanley and from this lesson. My word it shows what correct feed, correct training and an amazing support team can do... it really does feel like we are nearly knocking on the door of our tailcoat dream now!
We decided to take a trip to Wellington to run through our music, we had only had about three schooling sessions but felt it was beneficial to get him into Wellington’s arena as that is where we are planning to do our straight regional tests. Well, I nearly fell off my perch when I saw the result - it may have been an unaffiliated day, but we were lucky enough to have a well-respected BD judge casting her eye over our music test. 84%!!! Scores that you see the professionals getting and only ever think will happen in your dreams!