2023 Hacking and Riding

Mine is solely equine.
Lame at this time of year could be an abscess, didn't he pop one a little while back?
Feet are totally fine - nice and cold, but if I lift that leg, he pulls it up and away from me. I'm convinced he's pulled something. He's not dead lame, but just a bit short in stride on that leg.
 
Took the boys out for another inhand today. Chunky had it on him again this morning. After yesterday's cheeky little your not going to get infront of me. The little minx tried it on again today. I always lead Billy as he cant be trusted and Chunky just plods off lead behind at his own pace normally, trots to catch up if he feels like it. (He has his head collar on and lead drapped over his neck incase i need to catch him if a car comes, or loose dogs etc. This morning i decided to go along the track for a change.
So hes plodding behind, Billy on speed walk. We get down to the far end gate. Chunky doesnt quite reach it, cos he knows we are going to turn and head back. So he does 180 when i turn Billy. So now hes in front. This upsets Billy so he wants to speed walk even faster. I cued chunky the driving stop command but he just keeps going. So me and Bill walk fast to catch up. Get within a couple of metres of Chunkys backside and i could just feel him speed up. Nana your not going to overtake me. As we get up the side of him. He trots away. Limping like crazy with his arthritis but he doesnt care. Hes just on one. Gets 30 metres away goes back into walk. So again me and Billy walk to catch up. Billy gets reprimanded for being to forward infront of me. Have to put him in reverse for a few strides numerous times. But he has a much longer stride than chunky anyway. Hes much better behaved if we are infront usually. So again we catch up to Chunkys butt, into trot he goes. This cheeky behaviour happened at least 6 times. I even tried stopping Billy at one point and Chunky stopped too, but as soon as we moved off he started walking too.
He decided he was going to try veering off the main track, its not a short cut but it less steep to get down. I held firm and made Billy walk the main track this upset Chunky and he had to turn around and come after us, which he did at a trot. But it ment i finally got infront of him. He came at us at trot and still tried to whip up the side of me and Billy. So i forced him to stop by cutting him up, leaving him nowhere to go but put his head into a tree. At which point i got hold of him and i lead both together. After a few minutes i let him go again, and he stayed behind for the rest of the walk.
He really did have it on him this morning. Nothing nasty, he just wanted to show that hes still likes to be competitive if another horse comes up beside him. I so admire his determination for an old boy, hes a trier.
 
The photogenic Harvey and @GaryB has won the Eventers Challenge AND Newcomers this month.
I am really thrilled because finding a flatwork photo was really hardwork, then finding one that wasn't stationery or walking was equally as hardšŸ˜‚
I will let share a photo of his medal and prize (don't know what that is yet)
Harvey is allergic to flatwork (as am i) so its a wonder you found any photos! :)
 
Every so often I dress up in all my winter hacking clothes, we drive to the yard and find it is raining so hard that it would be crazy to hack in it. It happened today. So I give her a wee stroke in her stable and we drove straight back home.
 
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The weather is still very unpredictable swapping between sun and rain on a daily basis. I dodged the showers for a short hack on Thursday and then rode in the sun on Friday. On Saturday I was grooming for YO at a competition so I just managed a quick ride in the school. Sunday was rainy - Harvey and I don't do rain :(

Also my lorry cam back from its service and MoT having passed and not managed to bankrupt me so that was good!

On duty as groom (videoing the round is part of the duties!)
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Hacking
10 miles
3 hours

Schooling
20 minutes

Totals
Hacking
763 miles
315 hours 30

Schooling
14 hours 10
 
I hate the clock change and the dark evenings so have booked half days off work every wednesday till xmas so midweek hacking for me in the sunshine today! Lucky me and happy horse.20231115_141146.jpg
 
The first sunny day in what felt like weeks! Took out miss in season don't really want to go out grumpy for a walk.

Don't get sucked in by the scenery we explored like we did. I think at one point I managed to choose the area alongside the flooded bit.
Our boots are going to take some drying and cleaning!
For a cob that doesn't DO wet, if the whole area is wet and soggy she just gets on with it. Though I was thinking of ways to avoid the worst as those boots are just shy of Ā£200.

It was lovely to be out though, I think we are six months into our nine months of rehab. I might be on board before the end of that I don't know.
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Took him out for a walk today. The last couple of days, he's had no bute, and yesterday, when I turned him out, he squealed, bucked and galloped off down the field. I thought that might just be a good sign! He seemed fine, though I made it very short, just in case. He's tracking up OK, and the leg seems less stiff. I'm going to give him 2 or 3 walks before getting on.šŸ¤ž
 
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I wish I had organized myself to take her out yesterday, I felt like going out, yesterday. My foot didn't hurt yesterday

I didn't feel like taking her out today, my foot was hurting meaning I was walking with a slight limp. Why? Someone who shall remained nameless, stood on my heel last week. I may resort to pain killers, I haven't bothered yet, is paracetamol an anti inflammation thing?

Anyway she stopped to admire a nice looking horse while we were out.DSC_0007.JPG
 
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Popped out again short walk. I wasn't going to go this way, see the ground conditions. However she was too distracted by a passing horsebox and the only way to get her to refocus on where she was going, was to turn off from following it.
I do think I have established a quick and simple way to clean and dry the boots though, positive thinking and all that.
At least my boots are waterproof this year!
And it wasn't raining.

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I wish I had organized myself to take her out yesterday, I felt like going out, yesterday. My foot didn't hurt yesterday

I didn't feel like taking her out today, my foot was hurting meaning I was walking with a slight limp. Why? Someone who shall remained nameless, stood on my heel last week. I may resort to pain killers, I haven't bothered yet, is paracetamol an anti inflammation thing?

Anyway she stopped to admire a nice looking horse while we were out.View attachment 120433
Laughing at the vanity, not your sore bits!
 
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