Janine Lamy

Flannel at the sink

Well, a brief silence while we went on holiday. Unfortunately I only have sickness to report and rather too much time spent in bed being weak and pathetic. Not quite what I had in mind!

As expected Harry was very unhappy having his routine change while we were away. He’s not been too bad to handle but has downed tools and is absolutely not up for working in the school. I have struggled to even get him into trot and we have had the whole planting, rearing and bucking routine. I can’t believe he’s being so foul after such a short break. Will I ever understand Harry? Seven days off, not seven months!

Lily is now back in work and of course it’s time to be treated like more of a grown up. With this in mind (and it being so hot last week) I introduced her to the hose pipe. Oh dear! Typical Lily reaction, Miss Ticklish Knickers wasn’t up for that at all. Oh no. Quite happy to be a flannel at the sink kind of girl, showers are not for Lily. Well, we’ll see about that young lady, mummy can be very very patient…..but she did have her first solo hack around the corn field yesterday – what a good girl!

Debbie’s win at Speedgate BD means that she qualified for the Novice Regionals and turns out that she wasn’t planning on going! Now I know that it’s a bit last minute, and we aren’t expecting a place at the Nationals (this year!) but how can I put it? She’s going, even if I have to take her there, plait her horse and clean her tack!

Thinking that some dressage practise would be good for Harry and I, I have registered him with BD. Martin (not a huge BD fan) reckons that Harry is not at all in touch with his feminine side and has been muttering something about homosexual undertones. Well, tough! Our debut is planned for next week and we are off to Step by Step (Royal Leisure). Not having done any dressage for a few years I am amazed that it costs £19 to enter a novice test. How can it cost £19 to enter a dressage test when a round of BSJA with considerable more effort on the part of the organiser costs £12? I’m stunned.

Harry had a Sally lesson today. I was hoping that a trip out would bring him back to a nice happy place. He did go much better and we tried to make it fun. Fingers crossed we can turn the corner. He is so frustrating!

Do you remember Otto that I jumped a few times for Donna Johnston? Well Martin has been jumping and hacking him since Lexie left home. They have a lesson at Lucy Thompson’s planned for Sunday and I think they will venture out soon for some XC schooling. It works for Donna because Otto’s brain needs occupying and works for me because Martin’s brain needs occupying. I love it when a plan comes together!   

July 15, 2010 Posted by | Our Horses | Leave a comment