Wednesday, 30 November 2016

November Round Up

Well, November seems to have passed us by in a heart beat, but unfortunately we've not really been out and about anywhere.

The month started with a very annoying abscess, which didn't want to burst anytime soon. It had a go through the coronet band, once, but didn't eject itself completely.... After a week of box rest, I got back onboard at the weekend and turned Louie back out in the field with the sole intention to use the movement and adrenaline to push it through. Two days later, he was back lame, but even with 5 days of poulticing, I drew nothing!! Grrrrrrr!! However, the lameness went away, and to today he has been totally sound again.

Great, let's crack on! Unfortunately not. Louie had been coughing, which I'd just put down to being in more and the change of season. But when I got back riding, he was coughing hard throughout. After a visit to the vets, he did in fact have a cough and was given a week of ABs, which helped massively.


He's all sorted now, so hopefully things don't come in three's and we'll be back to it!

So where's the time gone?

A sad goodbye to a great concept... E-Dressage

Yesterday morning, I, along with any other members of E-Dressage, received the email with the sad news that E-Dressage was closing.

For those of you who don't know what E-Dressage is... It's basically the organiser of online competitions. Initially starting out as dressage classes, but rapidly expanding beyond into British Eventing classes, ROR, showing, RDA, & many more, E-Dressage was really simple to take part in.

E-Dressage - how to take part

Set up an arena of 20x40m anywhere, ride your chosen test & have someone film it with a half decent camera, enter online & upload your video! Classes were judged at the end of each month by BD qualified judges & your score was posted online with any prizes sent out to you. It was really that easy & great for anyone wanting to have a go but perhaps without transport.

Monday, 14 November 2016

From Sceptic to Confirmed Believer...

Last July I noticed two little "bites" on the top inside of Louie's near fore - they looked like two little fly bites that the heads had come off. After about a week, they disappeared...never to be seen again. Well, not quite.



About May this year, I spotted them again. This time they were dry and wart-like, with almost eczema in between, with flakey skin. It didn't take me long to work out that they were a type of sarcoid, but I wasn't overall concerned, as they actually looked better than the year before!

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

WINNER - Equestrian Blog of the Year 2016

Equestrian Blog of the Year 2016 - Haynet Blog Award

I am very proud, pleased, excited & honoured to have Team Tunnah Eventing named as Equestrian Blog of the Year 2016 in the recent Haynet Blog awards!

There were 12 finalists, all with different blogs, interests & angles on their equestrian lives & experiences. So just to be shortlisted without nomination or entry was an honour in itself. 

The award was decided upon in two criteria - votes & a judge from equestrian PR company, MirrorMePR.

Firstly, THANK YOU ALL for taking the time to read my blog & giving me a vote - it's great to know that you enjoy reading the content I post & that you keep coming back for more!

I have also been overwhelmed with the comments that I received from the judge, MD of MirrorMePR, Ashley Rossiter - & I'm pleased that Ashley got my sense of humour too!

"Sophie's regular posting with a variety of quality content coupled with her light hearted sense of humour comes across strongly and makes for a great read and engaging content...posts are presented with an honest and very personable tone of voice, which runs seamlessly throughout"


Take a read of the full Equine Blog Awards announcement.

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

October Round-Up

Another busy month during October!


Showjumping coach Philippa started maternity leave at the beginning of October, so we were keen to keep up with our jumping in between, setting goals and objectives, just like we do in a lesson. So, we've been hiring arenas to make sure that we keep seeing different things and don't become stale at home.

Louie is becoming more and more keen when jumping, so on our own, we've decided to keep the jumps really small and work on keeping him together, in a consistent rhythm with a nice technique. We booked a local arena after a British Showjumping show, lowered the course and had a play - much more rhythmical and controllable in front of the fences.