Janine Lamy

Pinky pointing West

The week we disappeared off to Blenheim Lily had me a little worried as she had developed a puffy hind fetlock. Our side of the yard was starting to resemble ‘sick bay’ with Harry on box-rest, Lily with a fat ankle and Louisa’s old horse Glenn had moved in with an eye infection and a puncture wound to the knee. I could feel the panic setting in! There was no heat and she was perfectly sound but I immediately reduced her work to hacking just to be sure. I felt more relaxed when the other hind started to swell (unlikely to have damaged both I hoped), then even more relaxed when Louisa reported that the fronts were slightly swollen (hey, this is looking good for a skin problem) and positively delighted when some scabby muck turned up – hoorah (OK I’m easily pleased!) Turns out she has a problem with harvest mites. Well that’s a new one on me. She couldn’t be further from a hairy cob and other than that I’d only heard of cereal mites causing problems in the feed shed. You live and learn…

On Saturday we had another sunny Carmen Court jumping clinic. This time I think a disproportionate number of horses started the day on another planet. Both Jazzes were in la-la land. Smurf and Polar came out like they had hangovers. Lily on the other hand was totally wired which is completely out of character. We had a proper tantrum, very nearly had me on the floor and dislocated my finger – never a good look in your own clinic! Claire wasn’t so lucky – she actually got to taste the sand as Malakai celebrated his performance by throwing her at the sandschool fence. Sounding like an advert for a nice day out?! Actually it was; all the horses jumped really well, we had great weather, and everyone went home happy. There’s only one clinic day left now (October 16th), then I shall organise a couple through the winter at Eaglesfield or Duckhurst to keep us going.   

Fortunately Nick Coles our horse dentist was already booked for a six monthly check-up on Tuesday. Harry’s teeth are always pretty good and despite being locked in his stable for over three weeks he stood quietly and said ‘ahh’ like a good boy. I decided to give Lily some ‘chill-out gel’ because I thought she would be sore and didn’t want the experience to put her off her Uncle Nick. She’s been such a good girl, I felt sure she hadn’t gone over to the dark side, or at least ‘hoped’ she hadn’t! That turned out to be a good plan as she was pretty uncomfortable with caps and sharp bits rubbing her mouth. The moral of the story? Next time you think Lily is starting to feel a bit sore in her mouth, call Nick out BEFORE your pinky is pointing West….

On Thursday Louisa had her affiliated debut at Step by Step BD with Strider. They did me proud with two wins in their Prelim sections and high placings overall. Last Sunday Donna took Otto to his first competition in 18 months and was over the moon to bring home a red and a blue rosette with some cracking scores. Also on Sunday Bonnie Kerr got some great scores at Hastingwood BD with Oliver, including over 69% in the Elementary. To use the words of her mother, he’s looking “right proper”….(Essex people, honestly…!)

We had planned to trot Harry up when we got back from Step by Step but it was not to be. He shuffled out of his stable like he needed a zimmer frame, then as soon as we suggested trot he exploded. So I decided to turn him out and watched in horror as he leapt, reared, bucked, and galloped at the fence. He was in the little paddock next to the school and didn’t know what to do with himself. At one point he chose to amuse himself by dive-bombing Lily while I was riding her. Bless her, she just carried on up the long side and looked at him like he was an idiot. She’s so cool. When we got him in we still struggled to trot him up, but this time it was because we couldn’t get him out of walk!!  

I am thoroughly looking forward to the hell that will be bringing him back into work…

September 24, 2010 Posted by | Carmen Court, Dressage trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results | , , | Leave a comment