Equestrian Gold Coast Club – 30.04.2017

After months of rain and a working roster that wouldn’t quit, I saw an opportunity to take my Freddy to a Dressage Competition. I had been training the Canter long enough and it was time to see if he could handle Preliminary Dressage.

And besides a trip interstate is always a good thing!

I decided to drive up the day before and camp out in my float, I figured this would settle Fred and I would wake up full of energy for the Sunday.

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This was also a grand opportunity for me to use my Earlwood Equine Show Rug for the first time! He looks so handsome in it!

This was also the first time I had been away competing since my PTSD diagnosis in 2014, so I wanted to go. I wanted to challenge myself mentally and physically on this weekend away. 1493457654059

It was so cold in that float! Even though I had a camp bed and a sleeping bag there was an hour or so there where it was freezing! I was happy and positive though as I ate my dinner surrounded by hay.

I had made sure to pack a Fleece Rug and a Waterproof Winter Combo for my Freddy; but I had a single sleeping bag!

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Any horse rider would know that is typical, the horses always get the best of things.  The next day I woke so excited and yet nervous at the same time.

Our draw times were Preparatory C at 07:51, Preliminary 1:2 at 08:26 and Preliminary 1:1 at 09:49.

I had my game face on at 7am as I mounted my trusty steed!

It was so cold still when IMG_0024we did our Prep C test, but it went well and Freddy tried so hard for me.

The Prelim 1:2 and 1:1 was a success. I was stoked!

My goals for this show were simple; get the correct canter lead in every test, every time.

We accomplished that and I was so proud of his efforts.  Freddy was patient when I was unbalanced at times, and he showed me nothing but respect the entire weekend. He was no trouble, didn’t fuss, never spooked and had my back throughout the whole weekend.

I felt he almost knew I needed him to support me; and he did.  I am truly blessed to have my Freddy as my equine partner in this journey.  

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We ended up coming 8th in the Preliminary 1:1 on a score of 59.32%, 9th in the Preliminary 1:2 on a score of 57.21% and 6th in the Preparatory C with a score of 58%. That meant we were taking home a gorgeous ribbon!  I was so proud of Freddy and me! 

We drove home, making it through the “Tick Gate” at the border unscathed and I just kept smiling. New goals now, more Dressage, more confidence building and more smiles.

It was truly a big step to even consider going and to be honest I wasn’t sure how I would go. I am so proud of myself that I did it and got through the weekend and I feel stronger from doing so!

The Gold Coast Equestrian Club was wonderful! The day  ran so smoothly and professionally and everyone was smiling. It made it such a lovely experience for us.

You can find the clubs Facebook page here if anyone would like to check it out.  

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling… Mel

 

 

 

Coffs Coast Jump Club

Mr Potato Head and I travelled to Coffs Harbour last Saturday so that we could attend the last training day for 2017 at The Coffs Coast Jump Club;  and what a day was to be had!!!

I took a pre-competition Helfie (that’s what I call a Horse Selfie). The Helfie is becoming a Melissa Rose trend and so here it is…

I am sporting my lovely pink Earlwood Equine Hat and the Blue and Navy Polo Shirt. The material is perfect and the shirt is so comfortable to ride in.

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We travelled the highway and got there in good time, at about 8:30am. Moo was as cool as a cucumber. See Exhibit A below…IMG_2007.JPG

I’m starting to really love the zone that my Moo is in hey.

He has become such a great partner and he doesn’t panic or spook when we attend new places.

Our relationship is rock solid and we are experiencing this journey together and for that I am so grateful.

He is truly trusting that when I take him somewhere, I have his back and he knows that I will not let any harm come to him. Do you know that is the truth of it though, I wouldn’t let anyone harm him and I would jump in front of a bullet to save him. I know that.

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I was also sporting my black arm band as it was my first outing since Gill Rolton had passed away.

I am quite sure everyone in the horse world knows who she is. Gill was not only a duel gold medallist and my hero, but she was also a massive supporter of other riders and a person who gave so much to the Equestrian Community and our Country.

We are so fortunate that she lived her life in the way that she did, and she will be missed by so many people, including me. I tip my hat to you Mrs Rolton. May you Rest In Peace

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I decided I would get on Mooey Ganooey nice and early and go and have a look at the course…

Moo was like… “Hmmm; what are those?”

I think the course seemed to run nicely.

As a previous Show Jumper I know that one of the hardest things is always a hard turn to the left or the right near the Judges stand.

And sure enough they had both a left and a right that ran straight there! LOL

So I thought I would start at a very small course and see how Moo would go.

And then we wouldn’t jump the first jump. Oh my, Moo saw the start flags and said a big “NO”, “NO”, “NO”

Then we kept trying, see video below.

It was very um, no; ah, ok; um, no; ah, ok but we got there in the end and I was proud as punch of the prodigy!

And then the second round…

He took a bit of convincing, but for a horse that has never completed a Show Jumping round before, I see the huge potential here and I have set the goal for our first Show Jumping Competition early in 2018 at a local Agricultural show with the view to our first Cross Country event before June 2018.

I tried a few practice fences after the round.

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And I thought hang on, we have something good here!

 

 

 

So we tried cantering toward the small cross rail…

 

That went really super.

So we then went up to 50cm

This may not seem high, but it is super high for a horse that hasn’t jumped a show jump round before!

And then I thought, well let’s try an Oxer.

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Lovely Approach Much!!

 

 

 

 

Pretty Happy!!!

 

 

 

See the video below of the practice fence…

What I have now is a Novice Dressage horse that understands the concept of a Show Jump. He can run and gallop and is super fit, so perhaps I have an eventer???

The best thing about the three rounds was that there was only a single rail dropped.

Moo already gets it that he must go over the fences.

Not a single refusal after we got him over the first fence, nor a run-out.

I couldn’t have been prouder of this guy.

I am so excited for the future and all that it will bring.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x 

Peter Williams Riding Apparel – Sponsorship

Hey Everyone,

I am proud to announce that I am now a Sponsored Rider representing Peter Williams and Earlwood Equine!

I am so fortunate that these brands are supporting me, after all I’m not an Olympian or even a household name (yet); but I love and adore Equestrian Sports and my horses and I hope to be a wonderful Ambassador for this brand.

It’s always good to support local businesses and as I am a such a patriot I love that my new sponsor is 100% Australian 🇦🇺

Truth is I was a lover of their products a long time before this Sponsorship came along. 😍

Mr Flashdance, as you may remember was sporting an Earlwood Equine Show set in May 2017; here’s a pic in case you didn’t catch the blog and Instagram post.

Not only is Freddy devastatingly handsome in the photo, the rug is of a great quality.

The stitching is strong and for a horse that is renowned for destroying rugs he is yet to tear this rug or break a buckle!

The material is soft, the colour doesn’t fade and I wash it after every show!

It also leaves their fur flat and shiny for the day of competition. I put it on after I have washed them the day before we compete and they are shiny unicorns the next day.

I also did a post on the Pink Gelato Breeches a little while ago, everyone knows I love pink and these are awesome!! 👍

The material is super comfy and I don’t seem to sweat in them the way I do with my other breeches. They seem to have a little bit of give in the material as well when you ride and I love them!

I wear them all the time 💕

I have put in an order today for the Peach Gelato Breeches and matching socks. So excited!! 😍 Click here to view the range.

The Gelato Breeches are currently on sale for $49.95, I bought my pink pair for $139.95 and I do not regret it! So if you are looking for a bargain, look no further. Christmas idea maybe 😃 🎄

I also was keen as mustard to get a Earlwood Equine Pink Polo Shirt. They are on sale at the moment and you can find them here
You will find the Earlwood Equine Facebook page here
and the
Peter Williams Facebook page here
Plenty of customer feedback and great pictures to have a look at 👏

Moo and I had some photographs taken with a beautiful blue coloured Earlwood Equine Polo Shirt earlier in the week 💕

We also took some with this pink hat!

I love the hat. 💕 It is a perfect pink colour and Im sure I will wear it to death!

I had such a great time and Moo loved that this was an easy day off for him, no Dressage training 😂

I would like to thank my beautiful friend Amy for all of her help, and then I decided to turn the camera onto her!

 You look so beautiful ❤️

And hey what a great shirt! 👍

I look forward to my future partnership with Peter Williams and Earlwood Equine and I cannot wait to show the wonderful range of items to my followers.

I would recommend these brands to anyone. Please feel free to DM me on any of my social media platforms to ask any questions about the items or contact these brands direct via Facebook. They respond super quick!

For now, I will sign off with a big Thank You to my Sponsor; I hope Mr Potato Head, Mr Flashdance and I promote your brand and do it proud.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

Grafton Riding Club Jacaranda Dressage

Hello Everyone,

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It’s that time of year and it is Jacaranda Festival time up here. It’s pretty much a festival that is centred around the fact that there is a bunch of Jacaranda Tree’s all over the place.

See Exhibit A …

They are quite beautiful and I am always up for a reason to celebrate anything so I figured why not get right into it this year 🙂

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So I went and met the Jacaranda Queen…

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and then the rest of the Queen’s Party…

Good Times….

Then it was time to focus on the Jacaranda Dressage Day. I wanted to go compete last year, but was busy working and such, but this year I made sure I could compete and what a wonderful day we had. 🙂

As always was the Pre-Competition Helfie… (that’s what I call a Horse Selfie)

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Moo was pretty calm and happy when we arrived and I was feeling like today was going to be super!

I had purchased a Dublin purple show shirt, a purple Saddle Pad and an Ear Bonnet for the day and Moo looked awesome in Purple!

It is obviously on his colour wheel 🙂

My Draw was as follows:

Preliminary 1:2 at 0910hrs on a Grass Arena

Novice 2:1 at 1116hrs on a Sand Arena

Preliminary 1:1 at 1230hrs on a Grass Arena

 

He warmed up like a charm and was giving me Shoulder-in and a lengthened Trot that made me look for his Pegasus wings!

And then we were on. Moo loves the Preliminary 1:2 and normally does quite a good test scoring around 60-62%. The test went and felt amazing. He did a straight Centreline and a Square Halt. The test was Rhythmic and Relaxed until mid way through the last Canter, as we started our 20m Circle from B he jumped straight up in the air and bucked and carried on. I looked over and saw what I thought was a lizard/snake rustle away into the long grass and the tree’s. I got him back and then we went back into Canter and finished the last two moves. I was super impressed. I figured I may get a 5 or even a 4.5 for the Canter but the rest of the test would pull us through for still a super score.

How wrong I was!!

I won’t say anything about who was judging as it wouldn’t be very professional of me seeing as I am an Official Coach and Judge, but let’s just say giving me three 4’s was an absolute joke and the overall score was the worst score we have ever posted in that Test (59.2%).  She gave me a 4 for his quarters being in on a Trot transition even though he completed the Trot transition smoothly between E and K. It should have been worth a 5.5 minimum!!

And apparently Moo did no Canter at all between C & M as he got a 4 for that and a “No Canter” comment. (Thank goodness for video) The comment on the back was a disgrace and was the most unprofessional thing I had seen written in my riding career. I am disgusted and I will not post the video as I plan to lodge a complaint. As a judge myself, comments are so important and they must be constructive and positive; there is no place for bad manners or for petty attacks in our fine sport. And there’s my rant!

I shook it off though and got on with preparing for the next test. I have only ridden the Novice 2:1 once and that was a few weeks ago (we got a 59% and came 9th), but I knew Moo could pull a good test and so I went in there with my A-Game.

The test went well, a few little hiccups here and there (all caused by me of course); a bit of resistance, me riding a bit unbalanced and two stumbles on the dry sand; but all round he was amazing and got some great scores four 7’s and a bunch of 6’s but the few 5’s for the Walk knocked us down. See the full test below:

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We ended up with a great score of 61.1% and a fifth place. YAY 🙂

The judge is an accomplished rider also, and I think that helps when it comes to judging. I thought I might try to lose the spurs for the next test and see how Mr Moo went.

I don’t much like riding the Preliminary 1:1 and in hindsight I should have just done the Novice 2:2 as he was being a bit of a super star…

I thought I had rode really well, he was a bit lazy and ran into the Canter but that was mostly because I wasn’t sure (after riding with spurs) just how much leg I needed for the transition. Live and learn I guess 🙂

See full test below:

We ended up with a 65% and another fifth place ribbon!

I was pretty stoked as I put him in the float to travel home 🙂

I have to say this horse keeps surprising me all the time. The thing I like about him most is that he won’t let me get away with riding bad or giving a half-effort. He will resist or go above the bit if I am wrong and if I do not ride correctly. He will swing his quarters. I love that he is his own being and has his own set of rules and boundaries for me to adhere to.

I could not be any prouder of Moo and next year all going well, we will keep competing in the Novice and start training for Elementary. I wanted to be at Medium by 45, so I am right on track at the moment 🙂

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

 

 

 

 

Happy Halloween & Happy Birthday Moo 

Hey everyone, 

Well two reasons to smile; pumpkins (hmm pumpkin) and Moo’s birthday. 🎃 🦄


I’m loving that I celebrate this and we got right into it lol 


So I’m a person that doesn’t like ghouls and zombies and I find walking through a cobweb is right up there with stuff I can live without! 

What’s the go with that anyway, where is the spider? Why does it always seem that when you walk through a cobweb the spider is nowhere to be found? You dance around screaming with people laughing at you and you never do find it! One of life’s great mysteries I guess 😩 but I digress…
We all got into the spirit of Halloween 

My little man Buck is always up for a selfie! 

Anyway wherever you are in the world I hope you have a wonderful Halloween! 

Is it celebrated everywhere in the world? 

What do you do for Halloween? 

Keep Smiling 

Mel x 

Something non-horsey

Hey everyone, 

Today I decided to completely go off the grid and I loved it. It had been far too long since I had seen the ocean and had the sand between my toes so off I went… 

and then I arrived 


What a marvellous view and then there were these paintings on the path to the beach. 


I then discovered the ocean baths 


How wonderful so I had a swim. After that I went exploring and found some little rock pools. It reminded me of when I was young, my mother and I would go exploring at Newcastle Ocean Baths together. Good times 


What a great day of exploring and fun, remembering the simple things in life and living in the moment. 


Wherever you are in the world I do hope you are having a wonderful day. 

Keep Smiling 

Mel x 

A day off and I get artsy…

Hey everyone, 

Yesterday was a pretty tough day at work. It was cruising around 40 plus degrees and I thought I know what will cheer me up! A trip to Bunnings 😃

I love Bunnings. I love that there is just about anything you need under one roof. I love that the aisles are wide and people do not need to rub against you when they pass. 

I also love it because I feel as though I am a builder, a renovator, an artist perhaps when I am there. 😂 

For months now I have wanted a bridle box for my float. I took about two months to decide where on the float I wanted it and now I’ve decided I went and got this… 

Then I thought I would line it so the bridles don’t bang around in the box so I went to Spotlight ! My other favourite shop yay 😍

I got some padded Quilty kind of stuff and a low temp glue gun. Low temp is good as I am a little bit clumsy with glues and paints etc I get stuff like this everywhere 😊


I am pretty stoked that it is pink being my favourite colour and all. The day was looking good.

So I got the top done and I put the rings in for the bridles to hang off. I was thinking this was going pretty executive !!!! 👍


Then I started the sides and that’s when it happened 😩 I got some glue on my finger. 

Now I don’t know what sort of temperatures they have at the place that invented this thing, but low temperatures to me is like “oh dear that glue is a little warm.! ” 

but no, this was like a glue gun that perhaps was a low temperature somewhere on the sun !!!!  I actually screamed in pain. I felt hot. I felt a little dizzy. That kind of low temperatures glue burn that leaves you thinking you will lose a Finger! Thanks spotlight!! Yooooowwwwwccchhh 😥😥😥

After I recovered and was ready to start work again I ended up getting it finished 


I love it. I can’t wait to put it on my float and be able to secure my bridles at the dressage comps and also they can be in there when we travel to shows, freeing up some space on my back seat of Trevor the Triton. 

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling 

Mel x 

Ointments & Things…

Hey Everyone,

I’m not a pharmaceutical kind of girl. Never have been. Never will be. I figure that way if I or my animals actually really really need some sort of treatment, or bodies will not be desensitised to antibiotics etc. However, if I can treat something naturally (even an illness I have myself) then yes I will try a bunch of natural stuff first usually.

Although I will say this before it is asked…

I am all for Vaccinations of humans and animals. I myself, am a fully vaccinated baby and my horses are protected against Strangles, Tetanus and the Hendra Virus.

So… Back to Ointments & Things…

I have a few things that I swear by and quite honestly couldn’t live without. Here is a list of my First Aid kit for my boys:

  • Thermometer
  • Stethoscope
  • Weight Measure Tape
  • Burn Gel
  • Instant Ice Pack
  • Tricin (eye ointment)
  • Saline Solution (for eye washing)
  • Meddi Quatro Cream
  • Bepanthen Cream (it’s a nappy rash cream but it is fantastic for the itch!)
  • Pinetarsol Solution (also a baby solution and fantastic for the itch!)
  • Sudocream (a nappy rash cream and zinc based, great for all things!)
  • Sulphur (I use this for greasy heel)
  • Copper Sulphate (for hoof thrush)
  • Dettol/Antiseptic Solution
  • Sting-O (relief from insect bites)
  • Gauze
  • Wound Dressings
  • Bandages (household ones)
  • Vet Wrap Bandages
  • Sanitary Napkins (these are so awesome for absorbing liquid from a wound and they do not stick to your horse)
  • Melolin (non stick dressing)
  • Paw Paw Cream
  • Vaseline
  • Bute Powder
  • Turmeric Powder
  • Lavender drops (to calm them if needed, simply wipe in the nostrils)
  • Betadine Solution

 

Please see the below video on Betadine and Sudocream.

I will make more of these in the future. 🙂

What do you have in your First Aid Kit?

Is there any “tricks of the trade” you would like to share?

See anything that might be useful for me and my boys?

Wherever you are in the world I do hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

First Show Jumping Lesson

Mooey Ganooey (yep that is Moo’s nickname) 🙂 and I had a show jumping lesson with Louise Light last week.  I have always wanted a lesson off her and boom, there she is living right on my door-step. Lucky me 🙂orN38_s-200x150

Moo and I were very happy when we arrived and as per normal Moo was the awesome trying horse with the undying work ethic that he always is.

He truly is a unicorn. I love him x

We started with a warm-up which went really well I thought.

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There were other horses and a colt nearby and he took it well for a horse that has never seen a show-jump arena before.

Moo was not having a bar of it to start with. index

He just plainly stopped and wouldn’t move for a while.

Whilst it wasn’t desirable, I did respect his effort as I am a stubborn person also.

With that being said, of course eventually I had the win for the day and Moo did eventually jump a jump. 🙂

 

And pretty soon it looked like this 🙂

I was super happy and went home feeling like I had jumped the moon. I haven’t actually jumped a horse in a Show Jumping / Cross Country Competition since 2009 so it was awesome to remember that feeling of feeling the freedom that comes with jumping.

I am trying to find him a Cross Country Event to go to and hopefully we can put all these new skills to the test.

Wherever you are in the world today I do hope you are having a wonderful day.
Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

 

Power of Pink Dressage Day

Hey everyone,

So on Saturday 4 October 2017 Moo and I competed at the TVEG Power of Pink Dressage Day. It was a wonderful day supporting a wonderful cause and even though the weather wasn’t on our side we all had high spirits and enjoyed the day. IMG_0255

I had driven up on the Friday and Moo was quite suspicious that something was indeed afoot! He was also highly disappointed that McDonalds did not make a Hay Late`but I digress 🙂

I camped out with my friend Amy and my Mr Moo. Also, in my new Cealiac non-gluten world I did discover that I can eat a Thin & Crispy Margherita pizza from Domino’s. Pretty stoked about that!  We then all went to bed at about 2200hrs.

 

I was full of beans and quite excited when I woke up and was ready to get on with the day. Moo was wondering why he was being painted pink and what was going on! He did put up with it quite well for a horse that has only had 10 outings so I was super impressed!!

 

It was then show time…

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Moo’s canter is like a Rocking Horse. It is uphill with the power from behind that is needed in dressage. This is his natural movement in the canter, I have only had to tweak this not teach this.

I believe he was always meant to be a Dressage Horse. I do believe this Canter may be the thing that gets him through the grades and to our goal of Medium (by the time I am 45).

I know it’s a big ask, a horse with a conformation issue to go to Medium! But I just know he will get there. I don’t know how I know; I just know.

It will involve me becoming a better rider and having the balance and independent seat required to help him as much as I can. So that is what I will be working on in the next few years.

Ah another quote from me 🙂  “Be the rider your horse needs you to be”

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His stretchy trot circle is really coming along. It was a move I used to get 4’s for and on the weekend he got a 7.5!! Their mouth only need be below the point of the shoulder and look at this! No wonder I nicknamed him The Prodigy!

My hands and seat could be a little softer and more balanced and I am sure I would have received an 8. I was blocking him.

I am my biggest fan but also my harshest critic. I love to look at photographs and video’s and say “Okay, there was an error by me or here is where I could have helped him more!”

Always look to yourself before your horse if you seek perfection and take responsibility. Your horse can only be as good as you let him be on any given day. It is a partnership after all.

The Preliminary 1:2 was on at 0948hrs, Moo seems to like the flow of the 1:2. We did a PB of 63.08% which left us in 7th place (less than 1% out of the Rosettes) but we got our best score ever and some 7’s which I was pretty happy about 🙂

He needs to move more forward and engage his back a little and I will work on that before our next Dressage Day on the 5th November.

The Novice 2:1 was at 1104hrs. A wonderful instructor and lady I know was there and she was kind enough to assist me and support me through this test. She ended up placing third and it was well deserved. It was such a rhythmic and relaxed ride and she has such talent.

Moo and I did a fantastic score of 59.44% and again we placed 7th. I was so happy. 🙂

To go up a grade and handle a test we had never ridden before and do so well was an awesome effort from Moo.

I left that arena thinking wow, maybe people had been wrong about him when they said he wouldn’t be any good for dressage! Moo has had his fair share of critics as he has a splade hoof and bowed knee but he keeps on getting better and better.

Also, there is nothing better a critic can do then tell me I cannot do something; I am one of those people that get more driven by that kind of stuff 🙂

We had a huge wait until our final test, the Preliminary 1:3 at 1502hrs. It started raining and was windy but Moo did very well. His feather boa in his mane was flapping around in the wind and that did effect our score. We normally score above 60% in this test, but we only ended up with a 59.34%, still a pretty good effort under the circumstances and I was proud of him.

A four hour gap between tests is not desirable and when I pulled him back out of the stall to saddle him he was half asleep. I probably didn’t ride my best either as it had already been a 12 hour day and not enough sleep the night before so that all played a part. Still super happy with him and he did try so hard. We ended up 9th in the field and I then gave him a well deserved bath and feed whilst we waited for the presentation.

I knew we wouldn’t win anything but I think it is still so important to attend the presentation and be a good sport, that also means you have to be good when you lose.

Ah yes another quote “Winning without grace is not winning” and I believe that also if you do not win you have to be happy for those that did. I simply wasn’t good enough on the day and whilst I wasn’t happy at the time, I realised that I just needed to perform better. Perhaps I got a bit lazy as we seem to always place, whatever it was; it will not happen again.

I will train the next fortnight like a crazy person until the next outing and hopefully do better.  I could have helped Moo a lot more in the corners and been more balanced. That comes down to rider fitness and balance. 😦 So a new fitness regime is in place and will be more intense. IMG_0354

Anyway, I do not wallow for long and I have my head back in the game.

We didn’t go home empty handed; we did win Pinkest Horse of the Day and received this lovely Saddle Pad.

Wherever you are in the world I hope you have a wonderful day.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x

 

 

 

 

Cross Country Training with Mr Moo

Hey Everyone,

I was inspired Anne and by this post https://wordpress.com/read/feeds/46005487/posts/1617645203

I decided to take Moo out to do some cross-country training. We had not jumped before and I have not done any Cross-Country since 2006, but what the hell I thought I’d give it a go.

We also had been given a Go-Pro, so after I had spent many weeks deciding how to attach it to my helmet, and finally realising how awesome screws and battery operated drills were, I got it all going good!

We had initially gone for a bit of Dressage training as I have a competition on the weekend, but then I saw the gate was open to the Cross-Country jumps and a little voice inside my head went “Do it! What’s the worst that can happen?”

The mind of me works pretty basic at times and so I did a quick calculation of the opportunity cost of doing cross country training. Ok, so the worst thing that could happen being:

  1. Dying
  2. Not dying and being really hurt

and yet if I didn’t take this opportunity I would go home and:

  1. Regret not taking the opportunity
  2. Missing out on fun and experience

The winner was of course to chose to do the training!!

So off I went….

After watching this video back I realised a few things.

  1. I click my tongue a lot, but that is because I do not use a whip nor spurs and so I try to use my voice (still sounds a bit like a secret language that Mr Moo and I have though); and
  2. I had an awesome time and it made me want to do more and more of this.

 

Yesterday I was told an inspiring quote and I love my quotes so here it is;

“Courage is knowing what not to fear” ~ Plato

Always trust yourself and your abilities, but more than that, this quote reminded me to not let illogical fear rule me and take away a chance of a smile.

Happy Riding & Keep Smiling

Mel x