Janine Lamy

Snow!

The girls having a leg stretchWhat nasty weather. So there was the snow a few weeks back…..I didn’t teach a lesson in fifteen days, the supply of beer tokens got worryingly low! We were very fortunate that there was much less snow at the yard than at home and it melted fairly quickly so we managed to keep the horses ticking along without too much problem. Unfortunately our Munstead XC schooling had to be cancelled as Heath Farm were still under three inches. How dull. Instead we took Tinka to Royal leisure BS. Seems nobody else was very interested as we were nearly the only people there!

Later that week I headed off to Wildwoods for a check of my straightness and posture on Trojan the mechanical horse. This is always very worthwhile, I do hope Ehren can tell the difference!

Cute!I cannot tell a lie, the Bedgebury jumping clinic this month was absolutely freezing. A great day though with some new faces which is always lovely and some serious ‘wow, what a long way you have come’ moments. Two of the coolest tiny ponies joined us, although the young horses were not at all sure what they were! Really great to see such young jockeys coming and showing us how to do it. However none of this bonhomie was enough to make me feel warm and fluffy. I don’t think I warmed up for another two days!

Ehren Bedgebury BDUnfortunately my Char lesson was cancelled so we headed off to our first party in four months at Bedgebury BD without anyone ‘sorting us out’. Ehren was particularly unhappy in the warm-up having a nervous breakdown every time anyone came within ten metres of her, and pretty spooky generally. In her defence she hasn’t been out for four months and it was absolutely freezing and blowing a gale. To add insult to injury my boots and my new saddle were making a squeak like a tortured mouse! Now Ehren isn’t an explosive extrovert. If she is worried she goes into herself and will suddenly halt and panic! Despite her lack of rideability she managed some mega smart bits but the lack of relaxation meant some pretty awful bits and four or five unplanned halts! Lucky for us the weather was having a pretty dire effect on everyone else so she still managed a 1st and a 2nd in the Open sections of the two Novices. Thank goodness for the good bits!

Tinka and Martin schooling at LMEQYesterday we went XC schooling to Littleton Manor in icy cold rain and fetlock deep mud. Lovely! Given the conditions it was a fairly basic ‘knock the rust off’ session to get us going for the year but everyone coped very well. Since then the weather has got dramatically worse of course and we have snow again. Think we can count our lucky stars we got that done when we did…

Something that always keeps me interested is how people find my website…..a few days ago it was someone searching ‘Janine fart’…..not much I can say to that!

Coming up Ehren has a trip to Step Aside BD on Thursday, Tinka is off to Merrist Wood for the JAS again, and then there is the big Martin v Janine dressage challenge at Stilebridge….dum dum darrrr!

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February 11, 2013 - Posted by | Dressage trainer, Eventing trainer, Instruction, Our Horses, Results, Schooling | , , , ,

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