29 December 2019: The End of the Year in the Stable

29th Dec. 2019, morning. 3 days to the end of the year. It is time to summarize the passed period, hoping nothing bad will happen during next three days. The horses have had days off since 22nd Dec. The next saddling is predicted on 02nd January 2020.
My abroad travels caused my horses have had 1.5 month off during this year, so they should not be tired after the riding season.
First of all there were neither serious injuries nor horse diseases, though I had a horse – car crash, being on Impi on hacking. The car front, which pushed us from the back, was pretty much damaged and Impi fortunately had only lightly abrasion wound of hock. She also had abrasion under the girth after I had saddled her ignoring the visible insect bite. It excluded her from saddling for almost ten days. Bumer was laming once after our outgoing on hacking when I had allowed him to go his own, too high, speed. It took him 4 days to recover, so nothing serious occurred. But we rode slower and slower this year, so at the beginning of the next one he will be retired. On 25th March 2020 he will have been 22 years old. He serves me very well for 17 years and now will be in my care till the end of his, I hope, long life.
Impi took part in a two day competition only once this year. We did not bad, but nothing special, just finished three courses in the mid of the rank. Pretty often we rode in the forest, galloping slower, faster and jumping what we found to jump and she was easy to control.
At home we did two courses on the level over 125 cm during trainings. And it was my small this year success. Though none of the course was run clearly. The first one, there were four errors – one jump refusal and three bars were down. The second time was the only one error, but it was a jump refusal. The lower ridden courses were done clearly.
And perhaps the most important thing – I have not fallen off the horse this year. Ha, ha, ha!!! It happened the very first time in my riding career!

5 August 2019: After a Break

Well, pretty long time I did not write anything. Frankly speaking there is nothing to describe. We make trainings as usually with Impi. She works very well. A flatwork is almost perfectly, she walks light in hands, more engaging her rump. Jumping trainings we did when it was not so hot. Last time it was on Saturday. Several jumps over verticals, oxers and triple bar, including two obstacles’ combination were done clearly. Maybe a little bit too fast. But all was on the level 110 cm and the wall 130 cm – also jumped clearly. Few times we went hacking. We did it when it was colder and few flies, so rides in forest were really nice. Imperia is much more calm than a year or two ago and also becomes light in hand even in longer gallops. Well, our mutual rides are really very pleasant.
Bumer didn’t work under a saddle since the mid of May. And I shall not mount him until it’s colder. Of course, my both horses used to work in an exerciser, having one hour walk every morning.
Bumer and Impi have got a new grass on their paddocks and they surely like it much more than previous ones.
Actually, much more new are on FB.

10 June 2019: the Swelter

It’s horror. The temperature reaches 30 C degrees. The horses remain on the paddocks all days, mostly spending time in their shady shelters. Except that, they have everyday one hour walk in the exerciser.
I am tired, Impi is tired. I give up jumping and do only light rides early morning, no more than 5 times a week. Bumer does not go for hacking. In fact he hasn’t been saddled for three weeks.
Everyday mucking of stable easily makes me sweaty.
I was to go for a competition last weekend, but I resigned.
Even cats used to sleep on the terrace in shade all the day. So I read books one by one and once we have taken some photos using my friend’s drone.
Everything and everyone is motionless. It lasts almost two weeks. It’s horror.

Bumer on the paddoks

A little riding centre seen from the sky

15 May 2019: The Old Man Trial

Looking like during struggle to survive. But it was not so hard.

Photo: Przemyslaw Jankowski