Horsey Rollercoaster

After a wild night’s partying in Kerry to celebrate my best friend’s birthday, we got up early this morning and headed back to Cork so I could take Flurry to the dressage show in Skevanish.

After three days of non-stop downpours, my paddock was an ocean of mud – just the sort of stuff Flurry loves to coat himself with.  I put a light rug on him on Saturday in the hopes of keeping him clean for Sunday morning.  My hopes were crushed, however, when we drove past our paddock and I saw that he was wearing his rug around his neck, leaving his body exposed to the joys of rolling.

An hour of serious mud-scraping ensued, using the invaluable “American Curry” that we bought in France.

I had already decided that he was going unplaited – after a late night and with limited time, I had no intention of torturing myself by attempting to plait his wild & unpulled mane.  I figured I could point to his Connemara ancestry and say that I should be allowed present him in his “natural state” (which would actually mean “covered in muck”).
We hit the road exactly an hour and a half after arriving home and arrived at Skevanish half an hour later – pretty good going, I have to say.  There had been a couple of last minute cancellations, which left quite a gap in Prelim 14, so I decided to push on and warm up straight away so I could go early.
Flurry felt a little on his toes, but behaved impeccably in the warm up.  Before I knew it, it was time to go in….
Warming up outdoors
…and I’d forgotten to allow myself time to sit and do a final mental run-through of the test.
I didn’t actually realise this until I turned down the centre-line to start and I went “Oh sh*t.  Hope I know this…”
I seemed to!  It all went great.  Trot work was good, we got mostly sevens,
canter transitions could have been better, though.
I felt balanced on him, he felt steady in my hands but not heavy.

We finished our last canter, came past the judge at C and headed across the diagonal…. and my brain screamed “NO! YOU’VE GONE WRONG” so I stopped and said “I’ve gone wrong, haven’t I?”

No I hadn’t!  Arrgh!  I added a two point penalty for no reason!  We came down the centre line to finish up, I was riding “positively” to try to make up for my error, and I rode him forwards to a nice halt.
Down the Centre Line…

Damn, I thought, he’s crooked, and tried to straighten him.  Judge’s comment “Overcorrected halt.” Grrrr.  <Smacks Head>

Fer goodness sake, Mum, I’m standing square!
Our final score?  A Personal Best of 65% WITH a mistake!  We’re half-way to being qualified for the National Championships!  Very excited!
Once Flurry was tucked away in the horsebox with his haylage, I got stuck into scribing for the rest of the day.  The LSH (who was on duty as photographer) took Flurry home shortly after we’d finished, and I got a lift home later on.
Home unfortunately had the crashing down-side of the roller-coaster waiting for me.  Aero had gone from being absolutely fine in the morning to profoundly lame, barely weight-bearing on his left fore.  There’s a bit of heat in his hoof, which points towards an abscess, but there’s also a teeny bit of swelling on the inside of his tendon.  I’m praying the swelling is from infection in the foot and that he hasn’t pulled a tendon.
His hoof is all poulticed up, and I’ll see how he is in the morning.  Poor baby is most unimpressed at being stabled all by himself.

One thought on “Horsey Rollercoaster

  1. I hope Aero's lameness is just an abscess and it bursts out soon. Congratulations on your test. It sounds like the two of you did great. And, as an American, I am intensely curious about what an "American curry" is as I don't think ours are any different than anyone else's… Can you enlighten me?


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