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  1. Hibernation

    We did the last event of the season at Frickley, a wonderful day out. Even though Jay had not been out eventing for a long time, he took it all in his stride.

    The dressage was solid, if not inspiring. The Show Jumping was Sooooo slippery, on top of hard ground underneath. Poles were crashing all over both in the collecting ring and in the arena itself. I noticed Jay shortening his stride on the slippery hillside, and decided that he knew what he was doing, and allowed him to go tentatively.

    It worked, he did not touch a pole all day, although we managed two strides in the one stride double. It was slow and careful and clear! Good boy, clever Jay!

    For our Cross Country Jay arrived very relaxed into the start box, and was

  2. IMG_20130722_141827Sometimes it feels easy to decide if an experience is a success or failure. Take our event outings so far this season, great days out, great progression, great consistency, all good.

    This month deciding if our experiences  have been a "success" or a "failure" not been so clear cut. Straight after the last blog was the longest heat wave since 2006! It was not possible to cross country school as everywhere was baked hard. In fact in the heat riding at all was difficult!

    In an effort to keep Jay's familiarity with XC up, but without concussing Jay's legs, we went


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