Busy day and XC schooling

Early start as usual but lovely hack on Donovan before work, the sun was shining and it was one of those mornings you think how lucky we are to live in such beautiful countryside (see poppies and view!)   Looks like we’re set for a great couple of weeks weather wise.

Summer morning hack

Summer morning hack

After a busy morning (well, partly afternoon too) on my supposed half day, which unfortunately turned out to be more of a “three-quarter day” (can’t be helped with animals and injuring themselves…) , Donovan got a new set of shoes and then it was time to load up Ali for a cross country schooling session at Hilltop XC in Ledbury.  They have plenty of steps, drops fence and running water streams for practice!

After a battle through the horse flies to get studs in and tacked up, Ali worked in very well and popped over a few simple fences.  She was not so keen on the running water streams however and took rather a lot of persuading to finally leap over!  We were able to practice lots of steps – she was already confident going up and improved throughout the session going down them, bouncing happily down 3 in a row and on and off the banks.

Skinny with no flags, a few strides after one of the banks on slightly too long reins!! Stayed great on her line though, good girl!

Skinny with no flags, a few strides after one of the banks on slightly too long reins!! Stayed great on her line though, good girl!

Flying off the bank - step up and bounce off over rails

Flying off the bank – step up and bounce off over rails

Finally we had a play up and down the steps into and out of the water and a cool off!

Hilltop has a great variety of fences starting from tiny, so is great for introducing younger horses to cross country.  It is also great for fittening work with lots of hills.  They offer schooling most days and run competitions too, click here to see their website.

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