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The Tailcoat Dream! - Amy's March Blog

The excitement of Spring was fresh in the air, anticipation of warmer weather, naked ponies and maybe even riding in one layer as opposed to ten. British weather had other plans! The start of March saw the Beast from the East and a heavy downpour of snow, unheard of in Hampshire! After one day of being trapped I managed to get to the yard to ride both horses and continue as normal, however due to the snow it meant a lack of turnout and an incredibly hot Zeta. In the meantime Woody had developed a new party trick that he couldn’t resist showing every couple of strides. We had figured out one single one time change. The first time he...

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A lot of 1st's but NOT the red kind! - Amy's February Blog

The beginning of February saw our first adventure out with Zeta. I decided to take her to a local show just down the road from the yard. The reasoning behind this being, that if she decided to throw a wobbly we could get her home as soon as possible. She had never been to a show before, so we were unsure how she would cope after just two months of being in work and partnered with me. I will explain that Zeta is extremely talented, but fairly sharp. The warm up was... FAST. I think my words to my mum when I was called in were ‘I’ve never been so un-ready for something in my entire life’. Still we went...

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Home and Away! - Amy's January Blog

It is safe to say we have hit the ground running this year! After a little quiet time over Christmas, after Boxing Day it was business as usual. This meant that New Year’s Day I spent training both horses. Zeta was an angel as always & Woody produced a great line of four-time changes and an almost perfect line of three-time changes, just the way the year should start. I booked in for my first lesson and decided to brave taking Zeta over to Jezz for training. The lesson went incredibly well and Jezz built on both mine and Zeta’s confidence away from home. We worked on getting her moving and thinking forwards. From this lesson, we had weekly lessons...

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New Beginnings - Amy's December Blog

November saw the departure of Marmite, with the excitement of knowing that the 2nd December would see the arrival of the new member of the team. Thanks to Jezz, I had been put in touch with the lovely Hayley Mossop who owns Zeta, also known as Elzela.  I was freshly landed from some much-needed down time in Mexico, it was safe to say I was like a kid at Christmas on my way to pick up Zeta. She loaded and travelled like an absolute dream. Zeta is 16hh Gelderlander (like Woody) who was only backed one and half years ago. She hadn’t had the best start in life and her owner had bought her to show jump. Zeta found show...

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Not Going to Plan! - Amy's November Blog

 So after a brilliant October, training going amazingly, part qualified for our freestyle & finishing on a fantastic lesson with Jezz... it all went a little sideways. That evening I started to feel a little unwell. November started with a nasty bout of tonsillitis for me, which meant no riding for a few days. It only got worse from there as I received a phone call from the yard informing me that Woody was rather lame coming in from the field with swollen tendons. I was extremely worried as in the 8 years of owning Woody, he has only ever been lame once (with multiple different injuries along the way). I knew something must be really wrong. I went to...

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