Sadly, in early winter Bobby suffered a tendon injury whilst turned out which means he will out of action for until late next year. This is a real shame as I had hoped to compete him at 1* level this season but he has age on his side to aid his recovery and fingers crossed he comes back better and stronger than ever. Luckily, I also have Henry to compete, so I am not horseless!
During the Winter Henry had his 6-week holiday which I feel is good for his brain to switch off and relax. He spends as much time as possible turned out during winter, even when he comes back into work. I slowly bought him back into work starting with 3 days a week. This is quite hard with the darker evenings whilst I am at school but fortunately, I am allowed out of school early to ride. Once his fitness increased, I upped his work to five days with a combination of hacking, schooling, jumping and competing. As part of Henry's XC schooling I hunted him with the Ledbury . I am so thankful of the Ledbury Hunt this season, I have had some amazing days out with them and Henry is such a fantastic hunter he really relishes their testing hedges! Henry is quite a cheeky character so keeping things fun and varied is the best way for him.
Since increasing his workload, I have been concentrating on grid work and canter poles to get Henry to work the whole way through his back. This type of work helps strengthen him so that he doesn’t fall onto his forehand on landing and to keep his balance and rhythm when approaching fences.
Even without Bobby to compete alongside Henry, I am excited for the coming BE season. I am considering competing at Pontispool but with that being only a couple of weeks away I may decide to work on Henry’s dressage a bit more and aim to be at my first event early April.
Keep checking back for updates as we follow Scarlet and Henry throughout the season.