A Busy Week

Galahad has again had a busy few days.  First of all, he had his final clip of the winter – which means pretty much all of his hair has gone.  I love seeing all of the multicoloured hair on the floor when my instructor has finished!

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Obviously, not all of this belongs to Galahad!

He does look rather smart now.

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Then Galahad had his six-monthly back check and for only the second time ever he had no problems and needed no treatment.  We have had so many issues with his back that this is still a surprise and such a wonderful feeling.  I could not be happier!

Some good news – and a change

On Thursday Galahad had his six monthly back check.  For the first time ever he was fine and didn’t need any treatment.  I was so pleased!  It is wonderful to know that we are doing something right.

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Apart from the obvious benefits for him healthwise, it is great news as it means I have been able to ride him instead of giving him a week off.  We had a lovely hack out on Friday evening and even managed to arrange a jumping lesson yesterday morning.  Galahad flew around the jumps in a lovely, flowing round.  Things are looking up.

I have mentioned before that I have a vintage book stall which I take to local shows.  I have now started a blog to go with it and have started to struggle a bit with the schedule of maintaining two separate blogs.  Therefore, I am going to cut this blog back from twice a week to once a week.

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If you are interested in following my bookish adventures you can find them here.  Otherwise, I will be back here with Galahad next Sunday.

This week hasn’t gone quite to plan.  On Friday Galahad had his regular back check and was found to be pretty sore – the back lady thinks he may have fallen over.  I am not aware of him having done so but it is more than possible as the fields have been so incredibly wet lately.  I am not even allowed to lunge him until Tuesday and can’t ride him for a week after that.

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The poor pony seems perfectly cheerful though and just can’t understand why he isn’t allowed out when we ride Cookster.

We had been going to do a pairs dressage class next Sunday but obviously that will have to wait for another time.  In the meantime we are now aiming Cookster at the individual walk and trot test.  It will be the first he has done away from home but he did pretty well in the practice today.

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My sister was riding him and despite the tractor moving about, other horses running around and the practically gale force winds he was very well behaved.

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I on the other hand was absolutely freezing.  I’d forgotten I would need more clothes to sit still watching than I do when I’m riding!

Back Checks

On Wednesday both ponies had their backs checked.  Galahad  – as usual – needed the full treatment so he now has lovely patches of dry gel stuck to him.

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It also means he needs a few days off which I’m sure he will not mind at all.

Cookster just needed a checkup but he has lost a bit of topline muscle so both ponies will be getting some lunging over the next few weeks!  Galahad will be fine but I find it very difficult to keep Cookster going forward on the lunge.

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Since Galahad needed the time off both ponies are now home which is lovely.  They certainly look like they are enjoying their free time!