19.04.2018 – Moo and I attended Grafton Riding Club T Shirt Dressage Day on 7 April 2018. I entered him in the Preliminary 1:1 and 1:2. I am trying to perfect my transitions and arena orientation before I take him back up to Novice. 

He did so well, I mean unicorn stuff. The Preliminary 1:1 was outstanding with a 68.4% and a 2nd place.

The Preliminary 1:2 we ended up with a 65.9% and took out 3rd.

I cannot complain about these scores at all. There was only 1% difference behind the winners and it’s the best scores we have gotten in either test ever. So, two new Personal Bests for us !! 🙂

So, what’s next… We are aiming to the July Winter Spectacular in Tamworth and the Grafton Dressage Championships…

Watch this space guys 🙂

28.03.2018 sorry for the delay in an update, I’ve been “off the grid”. 

Moo and I had a wonderful end to the Twilight Series (no this is not about Bella and Edward lol)

Twilight Series #3 which was held on 17 February 2018 we got a few awesome super duper scores and I was so proud! The north coast flies are well, kind of like the flies I imagine the movie The Fly was made about! and in the first series we had major dramas because the fly spray I had didn’t work on these ones. I mean they were nuclear flies.

Long story short, we went a lot better and scored 66.32% in the Preparatory E and a nice 4th place ribbon was taken home. That’s the best score he has ever posted in a Preparatory test and nearing my goal of 70%.

The Preliminary 1:3 we scored a wonderful 61.957%, that is also the best score he has posted in the 1:3. It’s not our favourite test, I’m unsure why, but I think as a rider you maybe just favour some tests over the others.

Twilight Series #2, held after #3, for reasons you will find on my YouTube channel 🙂 we did very well also. Prelimianry 1:2 we scored a wonderful 62.115% and Preparatory D we had a most woeful experience with a course error (yep that’s the riders fault) and a buck and rear into the Canter on the right. Quite possibly my fault also, but I think Mr Potato Head did perhaps contribute at least 1% of idiocy in this one! our final score way below a respectable 60 and we scored a 57.105%. I was furious at myself even though we still got 6th place.

All in all though we finished the Twilight Series (a 2018 goal) with a horse and rider both uninjured, sound and more competition experience under our belt.

I have had a little “sabbatical” and I am just getting back into the swing of things now and my next event will be in April. I am keeping Moo back from Novice until he can learn to depart into a Canter like a gentleman. 🙂

13.02.2018 – Happy New Year Everyone!!! Moo and I had a stellar year in 2017 and it seems to be going well for our first outings of 2018 also.

We attended the Summerland Dressage Club Twilight Series #1 on 03.02.2018 and we did quite well. Had some drama’s with flies but still got some scores of 60% and 61% in some pretty unstable conditions so super happy!

We then attended Coffs Coast Jump Club on 10.02.2018 and Moo went clear at both 50cm and 60cm and I am so proud of him. He is well on his way of reaching our 80cm goal so that we may complete part of our Equestrian Australia Level One Riding Certificate. He is a unicorn. Not bad for a horse that has now seen a total of 4 show jump courses in his life!!!

Next outing is on 17.02.2018 – #2 of the Twilight Series where I am sure he will go well.

19.12.2017 – My competition calendar is officially over with my last outing for 2017 being Sunday 17 December. Mr Potato Head (Moo) and I attended the North Coast Equestrian Club Xmas Hack show and we were successful in three 6th Places on this day! 

I am so proud of my Moo as this was his first hack show and I beleive any ribbons and any places at a first attempt at something is a big deal. !!

Look out 2018!!!

Me and Moo are coming!!!

27.11.2017 – A big few months and so much has happened. I had specific goals for 2017. To ride in Novice, to score 65% and over in Preliminary and to complete my Level One Horse Management Certificate.

Drum roll…. Mr Potato Head Aka Moo went to Novice dressage by end of 2017 Dressage year. I was hopeful to take Freddy there but when my boy went lame I looked and saw another horse in the paddock, and thought well.. why not? 

Boom. Off he goes like an absolute superstar and starts pulling 6’s and 7’s and then on October 14th he competes his first Novice (2:1) scores 59.4% and I think; hold the phone, we are on a winner here! Then I train a little more and boom scores 61.1% at our last Dressage outing for the year on November 6. Couldn’t be happier. Goal one had been achieved.

I had gotten a fair few 60something results through the year on Freddy and Moo, but I wanted a 65%, didn’t get one until November 6 and go exactly 65%! Go Moo !!

Goal Three, I did complete my Level one Horse Management Certificate in October 2017. I’m up to doing my riding certificate now. So excited!!!!

09.11.2017 – I have been fortunate enough to secure Sponsorship with Peter Williams Riding Apparel and Earlwood Equine. I am completely excited and think this will be such a wonderful business relationship and I look forward to the future. Check out my blog here to view the post and see the links to their amazing products. They are 100% Australian, which I love, and their products are fabulous so it is a win:win for me and the team!

14.09.2017 – Freddy’s (Mr Flashdance) X-rays were sent to a lameness surgeon in Queensland for a look. He has said that Freddy has torn his medial collateral ligament on the hock. I had no idea what this ligament was but judging from those big words it sounded like it was a pretty important one. So I googled it. Click here to see what a Medial Collateral Ligament on the hock is!

So now I am left with the decision of what to do. My choices are to have the hock injected with Depo Medrol and put him on a product similar to Technyflex. Give him two weeks off and see if Dr Grass and Dr Time will give me a break!

Or do I just use the Technyflex and try some other home rememdies. I am not a fan of Pharmaceuticals at all. Not for me, not for my horses. So I am unsure what to do… Watch this space…

06.09.2017 – A very successful outing with Mr Potato Head at TVEG (Tweed Valley Equestrian Group) on Saturday 1st September. This was the first time Moo and I had travelled to Murwillumbah and he floated nicely. He also had never been to this club or location before and he took it all in his stride. I gave him a few hours to look around when we got there and I think this worked in my favour. He warmed up lovely for the Prep D and competed well with a score of 60%. We then had a 4 hour break to our next test, not easy for an ex-racehorse who is used to racing one race, then straight on the truck to home, but again Moo did so well and impressed me with his calm and willing attitude. The Preliminary 1:3 Moo and I ended with a score of 62.31% and we went home with a 5th place and our first 1st place ribbon. I was stoked as it is only his 6th outing. His next competition is at MVD&HC on September 17. Stay tuned….

31.08.2017 – Freddy went to the Vet for Xrays on 31.08.2017. We were always going to Xray the front legs. After we had nerve blocked them we then realised the lameness issue must be from the front lower hoof as when he was nerve blocked he was sound. The Xrays on the front showed that Freddy had no Arthritis, damage, breaks, fractures nor any problems with the pedal bone. A big phew from me!!

I still believe he has soft tissue damage in the heels or he simple has sore heels from them being contracted and having a bit of hoof rot in the frog. I can’t deny how much more forward and willing to move he was when he was nerve blocked so there must be pain there, even if the vet cannot see it.

I could take him to Sydney for an MRI, but I’ll persist with other options first such as corrective shoeing and see where we get.

We did an Xray on the right hock. As suspected it had arthritis (badly) on the inside of the Hock joint. I sigh. I was afraid of that. We weren’t going to Xray the left Hock, but I figured I am here so we might as well. The good news is the left Hock is 100%. A win for Freddy and I.

The plan is to now inject Freddy with an Anti-inflammatory injection directly into the hock and then start him on injections of Arthropan. If this doesn’t work, then it is a big dose of Dr Grass and Dr Time and wait and see what the gods do.

29.08.2017 – The vet came out to see Freddy on 24.08.2017 to work out his lameness issue. We started with a trot up, where Fred was still lame, especially on turns. A nerve block at the heel was done on the right front and he went lame in the left (this is what you would expect to happen if the right heel is sore and no further up the leg). Then we nerve blocked the left front and he was sound in the front and trotting like a powerhouse, trying to canter and loving going forward. Mel smiles.

The bad news was then he seemed lame in the right hock. I couldn’t see it, it’s a hard thing to see unless you are an expert. He seems to have arthritis in the right hock, this would explain a lot, we have had problems with the right canter. It all seems to be making sense to me at the moment and I feel like I have been “missing it” and not responding to what he has been trying to tell me. He is booked in for Xrays on the two front and right hock on Thursday. Let’s hope this will give me some news that I can fix this issue and have him sound. I have a wonderful farrier and he is standing by waiting to fit Fred with some corrective shoes. We had him in shoes with a break-over before and that has helped. I’m not sure what will happen from here…. Keep your fingers crossed for Fred.

24.08.2017  Activity Slips 2 & 3 of Level One Coaching Certificate passed and signed off 🙂

18.08.2017 – A successful and wonderful outing with Mr Potato Head at Currumbin District Horse Club on Sunday 13.08.2017. Due to his tense behaviour last time I knocked him back a grade to see if that would make a difference. His trot work however, is the work that he is most tense in so it was a bit of a gamble. Ironically enough after all that thought, his Preliminary 1:1 test was the best. I won’t be knocking him back to Preparatory again. I will just keep surging forward and perhaps use a Prep test as a warm up only.

12.08.2017 – Mr Potato Head and I will be travelling to Currumbin District Horse Club on Sunday 13.08.2017 for Moo’s sixth dressage competition. He really found his Dressage Hooves at Grafton a little over a month ago, but didn’t “back-up” well for Currumbin the next week. I gave him a spell for two weeks and put him back into work this week for a few sessions. Just trying to find the right formula for him. Each horse is different. Stay tuned for results on my blog here.

11.08.2017 – Activity Slip 1 of Level One Coaching Certificate passed and signed off. 🙂

07.08.2017 – Mr Flashdance is booked in for X-rays on 24.08.2017. It would seem he has a case of Arthritis in the near side front Fetlock. Stay tuned for his diagnosis and treatment on my blog here.

Mr Potato-Head has an event on 13.08.2017 at Currumbin District Horse Club. He is entered  in Preliminary 1:1, 1:2 and 1:3.

24.07.2017 – I had an awesome few days at AELEC watching the Tamworth Dressage Championships and completing my G-Level Dressage Judge training. 🙂 for more on this visit my blog here.

14.07.2017 – Mr Potato-Head has been having a successful time and I have taken him to two Dressage Competitions in the past two weeks. He competed at Grafton Dressage Championships on 01.07.2017 in Preliminary 1:1 and 1:2 with impressive scores.

Moo also competed at Currumbin District Horse Club on 09.07.2017 and had his first attempt at Preliminary 1:3. He was not as settled on this day, but I wanted to do competitions back-to-back to see if he could handle the pressure. He isn’t quite ready yet and that is okay- we have time. Click here for my blog.

23.06.2017 – Ah Mr Flashdance, my poor Freddy went lame again. He did recover from the stone bruise from 14.05.2017, but his hoof rot came back when we had some periods of rain. He completely broke down on me during a ride and I thought I may have to send him to horse heaven 😦

However, he is walking better and without limping. He is slowly improving in the trot also, so cross fingers all is ok and we can get back to our awesome canter transitions.

Meanwhile, Moo has had to now take Fred’s place at the Dressage competitions I have coming up. Suddenly Moo is working Preliminary. I will let you know the results…

17.05.2017 – Dry feet now and Mr Flashdance is back to normal. Will get back into training on Thursday… Moo tomorrow…

14.05.2017 – Mr Flashdance and I were unable to compete at Currumbin District Horse Club today. We had to retire from our Dressage tests as my poor Freddy’s feet became sore from the wet ground. The members of this club were so supportive and wonderful and I wanted to give a big shout out to Betty, Amanda and Jeanie for being so lovely to Freddy and I. We will be back to the club on June 11, 2017.