Janine Lamy

From boy to man

Sometimes Harry behaves like a naughty pony….He’d been clipped on the Saturday, hunted on the Sunday, and was in a right hurry to get turned out on Monday morning. So there we are wandering down to his field, half asleep in the semi-dark, when I feel the rope go tight. I turn to look at him and he’s collapsed with a thud and is lying in the mud looking at me like a giant walrus! “I need to roll, and I need to roll NOW!” What is he like?! 

I have finally succumbed to seeing an Osteopath. It wasn’t the normal aches and pains but some freaky and totally painless crunching in my neck that I could not take any longer. It just felt too wierd and was keeping me awake. A tired Lamy is a tetchy Lamy and something had to give! I did feel a bit of a plonker explaining that I’d never done anything about my twenty year old back ache, cue some rolling of eyes and sighing about all horse people being the same. Then I had to marvel at the wisdom of fitting this appointment between finishing the horses and my first evening lesson – yes, I was standing there with only greying undies and woolly yard socks on while he pondered the finer points of my posture. Nice one!

On Thursday Harry had his second British Dressage outing at Step by Step. I felt a little under-prepared with only limited flatwork since he’s come back into work but needn’t have worried. In the first Novice he was a little distracted by imaginary hounds (the problem of mixing hunting and dressage!) and he dropped off the aids a little. Not a bad effort though with 66% and second overall. The second Novice was indoors, his concentration much improved and he tried his very hardest and won with a cracking score of 70%. What a clever boy. Go Harry!

Then on Friday both horses had flatwork lessons. Harry was first up, showing off sheets that said ‘elegant’ and ‘a pleasure to watch’ to his favourite polo provider. He hasn’t had a lesson since July so it was great to get some pointers. I find I need a bit of guidance with the trot work and Char always gives me plenty to work on between lessons. Next up was Lily. As per the last lesson it was all about me being softer in my shoulders and wrists, but it started well with Char saying she thought the contact looked better. Then we stopped as the saddle had slipped, Char did up the girth, and Lily (always one to wear her heart on her sleeve) was suddenly furious. I can only assume that the girth was too tight and had pinched her as she’s been normal ever since. One of them was looking at Char all doe-eyed, and the other was swearing like a sailor…and not the way round you’d expect!

Now I think someone is taking the p*ss. They have searched “every time the family day care worker is not looking Janine is in th….” The what?! Janine is in the what?! The cookie jar? The pub?!

U-hum. On Wednesday Harry made the transition from boy to man. His first proper hedge day with his daddy. Mark Cross is always a rather big day (I didn’t realise until afterwards but apparently they jumped no less than seventeen hedges!!) on pretty heavy going but Harry was fantastic. Martin had a great day and said he was absolutely fab to hunt – my baby is all grown up!!

I’m off to the BD National Convention at Hartpury on Sunday. The forecast for the weekend is freezing cold and possible snow. Brrr….I might just hibernate!

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November 25, 2010 Posted by | Coakham Bloodhounds, Dressage trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results | , | Leave a comment

Grumpy Bum

Well no jumping lesson for Lily after all. She is obviously trying to emulate her big brother and has what looks like a small splint pop up. What is it with splints this year?! It’s not causing a problem but I thought it best to give her some easy time but that means I’ve been bored and stomping around the yard muttering under my breath…until I saw that someone came to this website having searched “Grumpy bum”. Surely they didn’t mean me?!

A fantastic turn-out for the first jumping clinic at Bedgebury Park – sixteen came! We had a great day and it was super to see the regulars somewhere new doing different exercises, but it was also lovely to see some new faces. It’s great to have this venue over the winter and I’m really looking forward to seeing everyone next month. We raised the bar a little with more technical lines and it was interesting to see what happened next!

Debbie’s recent successes have achieved her publicity in Local Rider and Horse and Hound – top effort! Heaven forbid that Horse and Hound would actually mention her trainer though….the girls cleared up in the early classes but oh no, they print some twiffle about ten metre half-circles! Don’t get me started!! Great news though is that she’s been offered sponsorship from www.1624equinecouture.com (an online store selling fashionable and comfortable equestrian clothes to the larger lady). I shouldn’t grumble (again!) but you’d think she could get sponsorship for something I could take advantage of?!!

Then much to the hilarity of those around me, I am quoted in Horse and Hound this week. I’ve had a few text messages challenging my sanity (nothing new there!). Is there a better way to subconsciously correct our position over a fence? Set up a grid and take away stirrups and reins. It works wonders for the lower leg, as if by magic! Me thinks the singing to YMCA and making hand movements at the same time may have been the ‘batty factor’….?!

Today Martin took Harry out with the Coakham Bloodhounds. What a lovely day it was for charging around the countryside! Yuk! Harry however was in his element, doing what he loves and was a total star all day. That boy was born to hunt and I have no idea how I’m going to break the news that he has his second dressage outing on Thursday….

There are Char lessons planned, more hunting dates, the BD National Convention looms, and then it’s December – yikes!! Forget Christmas shopping, I must get another lesson with Sally booked for Lily…

November 14, 2010 Posted by | Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses | , , , | Leave a comment