My week “off” with Team Gauntlett!

Just had a fantastic week off work at Nick Gauntlett’s yard, Ali came with me and was rather bright all week!!  Nick was away for most of the week after his travels to the other side of the world, which meant that I could get some extra riding, in helping exercise some of the horses – great experience for me to ride lots of different types and sizes!  Also great to find that all horses have their own little quirks and ways of getting out of not working as hard as you would like (as I know well but forget when it’s your own horse!)  It is brilliant to see first hand how a top event yard runs.  I loved having the walker to cool them off (which is now on my Christmas list…. in my dreams!!)

Todd decided sleep was the best option, one late evening stables!!

Todd decided sleep was the best option, one late evening stables!!

Nick arrived back on Friday so I had a quick jumping lesson with Ali ~ who was much more relaxed than mid-week and pinged round brilliantly.  In general, she is working to a lovely contact at the moment and I was pleased that even when quite excited, I was able to get her to relax and settle to working nicely.  She had a nice hack this morning before some time in the field, which she was very pleased about!!  Back to work tomorrow and on call so she’ll have the day off tomorrow.

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Donovan is looking well and seems quite happy with being on box rest, such a good boy 🙂

Donovan enjoying some carrot games

Donovan enjoying some carrot games

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British Dressage Allens Hill

We took Ali to Allens Hill on Saturday for 2 Medium tests – we are working on getting her to “sit” at the same time as using her shoulder and become more expressive in her movemet.  I felt this had really improved her connection and softness in her back, which can be difficult to keep at times if she becomes tense at all.  Having been working on this I think I slightly lost the forwardness, which I had earlier in the year during the tests on Saturday – getting it all at the same time is the challenge!! We are getting there and it will be fabulous when we’re there 🙂

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She still scored quite well gaining a total of 6 points towards the 10 required for regional qualification with 64.77% and 65.61%.  I was pleased with how much more relaxed and rideable she stayed compared with last time we rode a test.


We jumped at home today as were a bit late to get to Solihull BS as planned – I popped a short course up in the small arena at home and she jumped fabulously ~ even when we didn’t get the best stride she jumped well and didn’t get tense on landing.  So pleased with her!  Hope we can replicate it in competition!!