Janine Lamy

Empty Pockets

Hurrah! At last, after nine weeks I am back in the saddle. And….are you ready for this…..roll on the drums……that includes a walk onboard…..none other than…….Lily – “DA DA!!”

Now that I am getting up at 5.45am to muck out again, I’m starting to wonder what on earth I thought I was missing. If anyone offered to do it for me now I’d bite their hand off!

I’m really pleased to be back out teaching. Apart from the fact that I was getting rather low on beer tokens, it’s been great catching up with everyone and getting started again. Let’s hope we can crack on with it now. I am especially pleased to be starting Lily again. She’s now lunging off the bridle with a saddle on and stirrups down, and yesterday Louisa led me around the arena in walk. She didn’t even blink!   

I am delighted to have been asked to teach again at the Chislehurst and District Riding Club summer camp. It will be my fifth year and I really look forward to it. It’s a great camp – I get the most fantastic lunch every day (I have no idea how they ride after eating all that!), everyone there wants to learn and have fun, and most importantly they are all really supportive of each other. I will really miss it when they swap me for another instructor.

A fat, hairy, and muddy Harry was booked into the barbers last Sunday. One minute he was relaxed in his stable, the next he was a little woozy and Martin was removing his fur…brrr! He was typically angry when he sobered up. You remember Father Jack from Channel 4’s Father Ted?!

Before it snowed I had planned to jump Harry and Debbie Reeves’ Jazz at Duckhurst but I’ve had to be sensible and patient.  Harry is getting back into the work vibe but is still rather remedial after his two months of doing very little and is not ready to go out. I’m sure he’ll be better in a few weeks after I’ve reminded the big fella what his arms and legs are for. Jazz also hasn’t jumped in months and now has an infection in his knee. Fingers crossed everything is OK there and we can get him jumping again in February. Debbie has lots of dressage plans for him, but I’m hatching a takeover plan!

Hopefully next time I write we will have been XC schooling and I will have made a decision about when Harry and I will be ready for our first event. At the moment I feel horribly under prepared with none of my winter training plans coming to fruition. Schooling him at Munstead will be a bit of a fact finding mission. Everyone must be very keen to get going again as I have two large groups booked. I’m really looking forward to it – just keep doing the sun dance!

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Instruction, Our Horses | , , , | Leave a comment