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July-October 2013

Cassie’s Column (July – October 2013)

It’s been quite a while since I last updated so I thought I would just write briefly about what’s been happening over the summer with the horses:

Patch

Patch at Combined Training (Photo by Tracy Ritchings)

Patch at Combined Training (Photo by Tracy Ritchings)

Patch

Patch has been very busy. We’ve completed a few one day events, some arena eventing and some dressage! His show jumping has been improving all the time. Our best placing so far this year has been an 8th at an unaffiliated event which I was really pleased about. We also managed to qualify for the Trailblazers second rounds in dressage and have been getting some really nice consistent scores, which is amazing for me!

Simon used a treatment on Patch’s back (for his kissing spines) called Mesotherapy. Mesotherapy is a technique that can be used to manage the back pain kissing spines can cause. Multiple micro injections are injected into the mesoderm layer of the skin to help stop the muscle spasm that can cause pain and can help block the pain response in the nerves. We have seen a great success with this so far, and it’s enabled him to really use his back and build up some top line.

Poppy
Poppy is looking great at the moment and has a lovely shiny coat, thanks to her favourite cherry-flavoured Mollichaff Showshine. She’s being hacked several times a week and often meets her ‘friends’ from up the road to go on a pub hack. We went for some pretty challenging hacks over the summer which included a twelve mile one! I always take Poppy out first in the bad weather to assess the situation before venturing out on Rupert as she’s so sensible these days. Simon is now going to start hacking her a little so that he can get back into riding, before taking on the hacking duties of Patch who is much more forward-going. I never thought I’d see the day I called Poppy a school mistress but that really is what she has become. She’s still my favourite to take for a good blast though! 

Rupert

Rupert cross country schooling

Rupert cross country schooling

Rupert has been out and about quite a bit too. He filled in for Patch at a one-day-event as Patch had unfortunately gone lame for a brief time after shoeing. We only made the decision to take him the day before and just thought even if we took him and just did the dressage, it was better than losing our money. He tried his heart out and although he again found the event atmosphere quite a lot to deal with, he still persevered. Unfortunately we had three stops at the water which was next to the trade stands and so were eliminated but I was still very happy with him.

He’s been doing lots of show jumping and this is now really consistent. Our kitchen is gathering quite a display of rosettes! He does seem to have a preference for blue second place ones though!

This weekend we are competing with the riding club in the show jumping team – I’m very excited and hoping we can keep it together under the pressure.

 

Rupert jumping

Rupert jumping

We also went to a Geoff Billington clinic run by BSJA Area 19. It was a great experience and we learnt more about the technical aspects of riding a course. Rupert was on best behaviour and had some lovely comments from Geoff. I was slightly star struck though! 

As well as all this I had a lovely surprise last week when I discovered we had won overall Reserve Sport Horse Ridden Champion at our local show, so we are looking forward to the awards dinner to collect this.

I’m back at uni now and also doing equine dentistry, as and when I can fit it in. With the days getting darker much earlier, hacking will become limited and we will have to revert back to boxing them down to the indoor school to keep them ticking over. Some nights we don’t get home until 9:30pm, but the horses don’t seem to mind. I’m not sure Simon is as keen though!

Patch and Rupert are now clipped and I’m hoping to get Poppy done too this week. I am just starting to swap their feeds over from the cherry Mollichaff Showshine to Mollichaff Alfalfa Oil. This is high in fibre and provides ‘slow release’ energy and I have found it a perfect way to feed our thoroughbreds over the winter as it makes them look and feel great but without any fizziness!

So that’s a quick catch up of what’s been happening over the summer. I now need to go and get on with some uni work, but will finish with a top tip to start off the winter:

Cassie’s Top Tip
Mud fever – Try to avoid washing your horses’ muddy legs too often. Instead leave them to dry and brush off the mud. If you do need to wash, then remember to thoroughly dry afterwards as sometimes ‘over wetting’ can traumatise the skin and can cause mud fever itself.

That’s all for now take care,

Cassie, Poppy, Rupert and Patch