Blog 5: Millie starts work
In the absence of Tinka we brought Millie home so that we could back her and get her a little more civilised. She is only just three and a bit of a midget so we wonít be doing very much with her. In three weeks we have progressed from her behaving like a wild thing and screaming like a banshee when we tried to touch her back legs (I kid you not!) to being led short distances with me onboard around the school. Most things she has tolerated really well, but when she isnít sure she is very quick to react. Like the first time we asked her to move with me onboard. Ahem.
I have now done my first two camps at Adds Farm in glorious sunshine. Adds is a lovely venue, Sue is a great host and everyone has thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
Lexi has been continuing with the hacking with mixed results. What really bugs me is that when she gives in and walks past whatever monstrous thing it is that I have pointed her at, she doesnít even glance at it. She just walks straight past it. So, not really that scared then are you?! I did nip over to Lodge Farm for a quick XC school earlier in the month, and Eaglesfield for a SJ school last week and she was mostly very good. On the plus side she is jumping well, when I finally crack her attitude and persuade her that life can be fun she will be great. Nobody else in our family behaved like this as a teenager, I canít imagine where she gets it from. School parents evening was always very much looked forward to in our house. ďIf only all the girls could be like JanineĒ the teachers used to say.....
I decided that Ehren needed to start seeing some new venues now that we are up and running again. So we headed off to Belmoredean (Step Aside) and she did not disappoint (or rather she did!). So there is now a plan to have some lessons away from home so that Char can help me tame the beast and come up with a plan. Since then however, she has had a reaction to being vaccinated and has been in sickbay. Well of course. My sickly child. The one we should keep locked away in the attic.
Lily and Martin went to Stratford Hills BE90. She looked amazing, did a much improved dressage test for 26.3 (wowsers!), then went on jump a lovely clear SJ. I was walking over to the XC telling myself not to get excited but I couldnít entirely prevent myself from thinking it might be Lilyís day. It wasnít, they had a spooky refusal at the most straight forward fence on the course. Argh! So after a little chat with the jockey about following his own advice (ride every fence like you are expecting a refusal) they headed off to Brightling Park BE90. This time she was in season so we didnít expect much but she was pretty relaxed considering and got a 31 dressage, one pole SJ and clear inside the time XC to finish 6th. Clever Ginger Rocket!
There has been lots on; SJ sessions, clinics at home and away, and on Friday we had an excellent schooling day at LMEQ with SJ in the morning and XC in the afternoon. Morgan and Smurf qualified for the Pony Club Championships in the Open Dressage Ė excellent stuff! Plus I hear that (big) Lexie did too with her new mum Beverly. Top job girls!
Coming up Little Lexi has some outings planned again. Gulp. Wish me luck!