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November 2013

Cassie’s Column – November 2013

This month has been fairly quiet with the horses, and they have all managed to have a bit of time off for various reasons.

We went to Your Horse live and saw the girls on the HorseHage stand, who, as usual, all looked immaculately turned out and very busy on the stand. I also got to say my annual ‘Hello’ to Becky who deals with all the PR side of things for HorseHage, which was nice. As well as this I bumped into my old boss, Jay Halim, who was doing a demo on his lovely young horse. It was his first time there and he did a fab job.  It’s crazy to think it was ten years ago I was running around tacking up horses for him and mucking out when he first started up on his own – he was great to work for though!

We couldn’t stay long so it was a flying visit as I had to get back to bath and plait Rupert ready for the riding club show jumping qualifier the next day.

Rupert’s riding club debut…

Rupert had his first taste of the riding club, and what better way to start than at an Area qualifier! He coped amazingly well and I was very proud of him as it’s a busy venue. He jumped a lovely, bold clear in the first round and had a very unfortunate pole down in the second round. Our team (Vyrnwy Valley) didn’t manage to qualify for the finals this time, but we all came home in once piece.

Rupert then had a little bit of time off as he suffered from a small bout of colic and didn’t seem his usual cheeky self. He is however back to normal now and letting us all know about it!

Check out the video of the debut here

Patch and Poppy’s National Hunt episode


Horse MOT Day

Patch and Poppy have both been on restricted exercise and box rest as they have both been lame. The pair of them decided to spice up their field time a bit and started to race around , national hunt-style,  which not only meant millions of laps of the field but also incorporating the electric fence as a jump! The annoying thing is,the horse that isn’t supposed to be jumping much anymore because of her back (Poppy) was putting in by far the best technique of clearing it at full gallop! I think she was trying to prove a point! Both of them had to be scanned. Poppy had aggravated an old suspensory injury and Patch had a coffin joint flair up.

Horse MOT DayLuckily after some time off, a new field regime, three pairs of turnout boots and some controlled exercise, they are both now sound again and back in work.

Simon and I organised a ‘Horse MOT’ day at Simon’s practice this month. Owners were able to bring their horses and visit six different stations where they had their horses weighed, a general examination, a trot up and a dental check. They then also had their saddle checked and a chance to chat with Kate from HorseHage about feed and nutrition. It was a great day in aid of the Horse Trust and was enjoyed by all.

Horse MOT DayTomorrow I am off to a saddle-fitting day, to learn more about how a correctly fitting saddle is crucial to prevent back issues, help horses with back issues and to enable the horse to perform at its best. It will be a nice change from lectures, so I am looking forward to it.

Next weekend, we are off to pick up Rupert’s award for Reserve Champion Sports Horse at our local show – I can’t wait for this!

Best wishes for Christmas,

Cassie, Poppy, Rupert and Patch