Janine Lamy

Black not Green

Well my little dumpling has left home again. On Sunday we moved Ivy to a paddock down the road to be with Laura and Tina. She has a new friend Ludo who seemed to understand from the outset that Ivy is in charge. We’ve rather got used to her being at home and miss her perky little face and welcoming squeaky neighs every day but we don’t have room for her to winter with us, and I think Laura was keen to have her back for some Reeves style TLC.

Monday we had a Pony Club jumping rally at Felbridge with NZ International event-rider Joe Meyer, who was brilliant. Sometimes the top riders aren’t the best teachers but Joe was fantastic. We will try to use him again in the winter when he has more time.  In the afternoon Chris Caden-Parker came to give the horses their routine six-monthly back check. I am delighted to report that Harry and Lily were given the thumbs up, so back to work as normal.

On Thursday I decided to swap Lily for Harry and took her for her first Sally lesson. Only her third trip out, she travelled well and was more relaxed. She was not at all bothered by whatever Sally built for her, including a coat hanging off the wing at one point! Lots of positive comments – Sally thought she had a good canter, was quite reactive and rideable, and tidy over a fence. To summarise she said “cute little ginger thing”!!

I was dreamily filling the lorry at Pease Pottage services, thinking about what a star Lily had been when I noticed the green funnel sticking out of the fuel tank…SH*T!!! Oh Lamy, you donut. I felt sick. What on earth was I thinking?! Fortunately I had only put half a litre of petrol in and the man in the garage (looking at me like I was a complete idiot) said that it wouldn’t be a problem if I filled it full with diesel. Louisa sat in the lorry shaking her head. Even the dogs looked embarrassed. And I really looked forward to telling Martin…not!

Next week is Chislehurst and District Riding Club camp where I am doing the jumping sessions in the afternoons, and we have a very busy Carmen Court jumping clinic planned for Saturday. Then I am at our branch’s Pony Club camp all the following week, and I hope to get Lily out again for some more schooling somewhere over the bank holiday…busy busy busy!

August 13, 2010 Posted by | Carmen Court, Instruction, Our Horses, Pony Club | , , , | Leave a comment