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Victoria Bax - Ready and waiting

Well it’s certainly been a long winter period where I have spent quite a lot of time working the horses on the flat in order to improve their strength and muscle tone.

They were both coming on so well considering the amount of wet stuff falling from the sky which made things that bit more challenging. So much so that I decided to affiliate both horses with British Dressage, something I have not taken part in for about 5 years. 

I always had quite a decent BD record with previous horses but didn’t really want to return to it and compete in the lower levels as neither  of my current horses are big flashy movers being that they are both built to run fast across country rather that do ballet!

With this in mind I decided to start them both off at Medium Silver level; a tough ask you might think considering the only dressage either of them have done is Eventing dressage on grass! I had every confidence in them both as at home they have been training really very well.  I thought I’d stand a much better chance of doing well if I could provide an accurate test with technically correct movements.  

Well I had no need to worry, Alberta’s Pride was up first where he produced a super test with a handful of green moments; nothing I wouldn’t expect from a horse at his current level though. He was absolutely worn out following his efforts in the test and just about managed to climb the ramp back into the lorry to go home.

What a super effort he made though as he won the class with a very respectable 66.5% in his very first attempt at this level. I was absolutely over the moon with him. He is very level headed, consistent and trainable and he gives it his absolute all in a test, hence why he was so tired after it!

He has since followed this up with two more very nice tests scoring 69% in one of them.  These scores leave him with just 3 more points to earn before qualifying for the Medium Regional Finals which was our aim.

Alberta’s Rose has done just as well in her tests scoring around 65% in all of them so far.  Again leaving her with just 3 more points to earn too in order to be qualified for the Regional finals at Medium level.  I’m very pleased with both horses and their efforts over the last few months.

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Alberta’s Rose is also definitely starting to feel better following her dental problems from last year.  I am absolutely thrilled that she appears to be becoming more and more confident in the jumping side of things which was her greatest problem.  I have been taking things slowly in this respect but been regular in the training to try to build her confidence again and allow her to realise things aren’t hurting anymore.

My trainer has also been down a couple of times and given some great input in the progress we have made. You can never have too many eyes and ears to help you improve. So as you can imagine I was very much looking forward to the prospect of a better season Eventing with her, however very sadly everything has obviously come to an abrupt end for now due to the current World Health Pandemic.

Alberta’s Pride had been out XC schooling prior to this in preparation for his first event back which was due to be Tweseldown at the beginning of March.  He was absolutely super and came out all guns blazing feeling very happy to be back out on the XC course picking up exactly where he left off at the end of last year.  

Sadly for us more of the wet stuff caused problems meaning Tweseldown was abandoned so we never did our first run.  Subsequently then everything has been cancelled so I have two fit horses ready to run

Due to this, I have decided to let the horses down a little in their work as I don’t feel it is in their interests to stay this fit at this time.  On the flip side I do not want to turn them away completely as they will become a little more difficult to handle on the ground if they become bored.

I have decided I won’t be doing any jump training, just flat schooling sometimes with poles and very limited hacking as I have to encounter roads sadly so don’t want to put myself under any extra risk of accident or injury at this time. I will however now have more time to do all those jobs around the house and yard that I usually do not have time to do.  Already I have filled up two huge skips of junk and rubbish, cleared out 2 sheds, cleaned the house from top to bottom, cleared a flower bed of thick set brambles then filled it and lots of pots with new flowers; who knew I had these skills! Most importantly myself and my family are currently in good health and strictly following Government advice of Staying at Home. I wish everyone good health over this time and I look forward to seeing you all on the other side.  

In the meantime, please Stay Safe x.

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