The week started with an early morning vetting of a very exciting and talented horse. The vet check is an essential part of buying a new horse and is just as stressful for the person selling as for the person buying. I prefer my own vet to do the vetting, rather than one local to the seller, because they know what I’m looking for and my tolerance to risk, so Spike and Cheryl had a 5.30am start to their Monday morning to drive up from Lambourn to meet me at the seller’s yard. With older eventers that have seen a lot of action it’s not unusual to find a weakness or slight lameness that can be managed. However this was a four year old and when Spike was unable to find a reason for a weakness on one of his hind legs, we had to make the hard decision to walk away.
We spent the Monday night with Rush and Des stabled at Vale View so that Caroline Moore could school them for me while I can’t get on myself. They both worked really well and it was so lovely to see them working hard and looking good. I really cannot wait to get back on them! My ankle is feeling so much better so now it’s just a waiting game for my head, which is providing some absolutely awful headaches. I have found myself rewatching past Badminton’s and wishing I could just get out there and ride my horses. Hopefully not long to go now.
At the end of the week we said goodbye to my lovely livery Al as he moves back home after a winter of “boot camp” with me. I will really miss his little face on the yard and I have absolutely loved watching him and Lottie grow with each other and really develop a bond.