I am so pleased to say that after a couple of months at the garage my horsebox is back, finally!

This meant that over the bank holiday weekend I took full advantage and was out with the boys almost every day (when the weather allowed).

Horse jumping

I’m very fortunate to have my little box, but motivation certainly dwindles when you can’t get out and about for such a long period.

So, I really was desperate to get Arlo out to get over some jumps, something we’ve not done in a long time. Even though we have an arena at the yard I rarely, if ever, jump him there. This means he hasn’t jumped for at least a few months and I was looking forward to getting him out schooling.

Arlo has actually qualified for the British Novice Second Rounds, and I’m really determined to get him to them, but neither of us are ready at the moment with the lack of competing/training we have done since the new year. And this certainly showed at our arena hire.

We hired a lovely little arena over in St Neots that I’d recently seen advertised (which I highly recommend to anyone in the area). The people we hired from were lovely and they’ve done a fab job with their yard.

Anyway, we were rusty.

We kept the jumps small, and had some nice fences, but we were not working well together, really. Videos always really help me look back to see where I was going wrong (how badly I was riding) and a lot of the time Arlo was rushing. I wasn’t giving him his head over the jump, and then we just ended up with quite a few “sticky moments”, which is actually quite unlike us. The trouble is that Arlo is so careful that, the majority of the time, if he thinks he’s going to have a pole he’ll just stop, and we had a couple of those too, which, again, is quite unlike us. Anyway, I won’t blame him for my bad riding.

I know how well we can work together, and we ended with some nice work. We just came away with a lot to work on to get back to where we were pre-new year. And that’s fine. Practice makes perfect, eh?

Now the box is back I’m absolutely determined, so watch this space.

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