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Joanna Thurman-Baker’s dressage weblog: half a tonne kite flying

Howdy everybody and welcome to my newest weblog.
As I write this, the solar is up and shining, the horses are fortunately lapping it up, the birds are chirping and I’m solely carrying one coat, reasonably than three. There’s a true feeling of spring within the air.
Nonetheless, the previous few weeks have been nothing wanting a nightmare. Horrendous climate circumstances battered us into give up. The snow did look stunning, blanketing the valley and well-known windmill overlooking the yard. Sprout and Tommy (now now not puppies, however nonetheless as naughty) completely LOVED it and have been racing about like mad issues. However the snow was so dangerous we couldn’t get the horses out the stables for 2 days, two weeks in a row!

Even once we didn’t have snow, the yard would flip into black ice and stop us working the horses till the mid-day thaw, which generally by no means got here. We have been pressured inside to cease us getting hyperthermia, however not less than it meant to might delve into a unique ardour — baking! My Victoria sponge cake and banana loaf have been successful, however the eggs Benedict was terribly unspeakable.
As soon as the snow had lastly gone, lungeing become an excessive sport — I believe I’ll name it ‘half a tonne kite flying’! Alas, I’m not fairly heavy sufficient to anchor down a half tonne horse, so I ended up doing loads of flying classes, or excessive leaping as I refused to let go of the rope whereas they fortunately galloped, bucking and spinning about!
Sadly, Apollo got here down with a bruised foot the week earlier than our first CDI of the yr, Le Mans in France. It was gutting as I liked attending the present final October and Apollo was feeling incredible. But it surely’s simply one other bump within the street and our comebacks WILL be stronger than our setbacks! As I prefer to say, the whole lot occurs for a cause.
Earlier than the climate hit us, I used to be attending to know my new boy Simba extra. He’s proving to be the largest softy within the steady — he places his head in my arms and falls asleep! He’s acquired a lovely, pink squishy nostril that’s excellent for kissing and likes to ‘giggle’ at me, or smiling for the digital camera (see video and movie!)

He loved his first hack and was very effectively behaved when assembly the whole lot a small nation lane has to supply — farmers, Vary Rovers, bikes, sheep — and was super-surefooted going up and down hills. Whereas our roads are usually quiet, every so often it turns into Piccadilly Circus. Fortunately I used to be driving a extra skilled hacker, Sam’s horse Sirocco, once we have been handed by 50 previous model motorbikes. Fortunately he was a saint and I believe it was extra terrifying for me as they got here roaring previous!
Additionally whereas I couldn’t work the horses I’ve been considering of how to have a very spectacular grand prix freestyle for Apollo. Presently, we have now 80s-tastic music, which I really like! We now have Madonna, Bee-Gees, components of an iconic film theme tune and a few Jackson 5. However I’m considering of including in both some Luther Vandross or Sizzling Chocolate. What do you suppose?
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I additionally loved a non-horsey day of occurring the Harry Potter studio tour. It might need been my fourth time, but it surely was higher than ever! We went as a birthday current for my expensive pal Susan, who liked it. Mum particularly liked the full-size Hippogriff — I’m wondering if she might make him do in-hand work?!
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In any case, now that Apollo has eaten his fill of grass, it’s again to work for me. I’m so excited for the yr forward and want to take a second to thank my wonderful house group, who actually do battle the weather alongside us to get the horses into tip high situation — you guys rock.
Till subsequent time,
Joanna x
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