6 January 2019: Back to the Daily Routine

The short holidays in Portugal are finished, so it’s time to go back to work and take over the responsibilities, hoping that the next trip to Iran starts soon.
Visiting the Pena Palace I found palace stables. They are not very impressive. Few photographs you may find in the gallery.
My horses were under a very good care and survived very well making no troubles to anybody themselves including.
This morning Impi has been working under a saddle after a ten day pause, initiating our horse riding season 2019. She was very nice, light in hands and eager to work. Perhaps she was bored during days off. Bumer probably too, he made some gallops on paddock and was backing and bronking. 21 year old horse still wants working.

23 December 2018: The last Ride in this Year

Winter’s gone, no winter’s started, the snow gone, rather melted. However I wasn’t keen on hacking on Bumer. The horses spent on paddocks everyday long time. Bumer was seldom under a saddle during last two weeks, but Impi worked 5 – 6 days weekly. The last jumping, a week ago, wasn’t successful. Good jumping over verticals 120 cm, of course over the wall 130 cm, and also few well done passes over the combination (7.5 m – one stride inside), but only 110 cm high both obstacles (the oxer – 105 cm wide and the vertical). And there was a fail over a single oxer 120 cm high and 120 cm wide.
The other rides were a flatwork including today training the last ride in this year. Time to complete Christmas preparations and among of them all what is necessary for a trip. Iranian visa is still missing so Portugal will be first. Fortunately I do not need Portuguese visa.

12 December 2018: Writing about …

Well, few weeks passed since I had written last news. Nothing happened. These are simple, usual activities: mucking stable, cleaning horses, riding and jumping. I did a few days break over a week ago. It was too cold for jumping and I didn’t want to keep sweaty horses in stable until they would be dried.
They are turned to the exerciser at 7.15 am (earlier is simply too dark) and to the paddocks afterwards. They are back in the stable at 3.45 pm. In meantime I do riding, but it also occurs after sunset. My jumping goes irregular. Once better, once worse. We train 120 cm, mostly combinations and short distance between obstacles. Lately, it looks better.
Bumer works under a saddle very seldom, once – twice a week. During last three weeks we were in the forest only one time. Some rides he had in the indoor arena. Of course Impi regularly visits the indoor arena with a saddle and the rider (me) on her back.

24 November 2018: Morning Jumping

Time goes by and we do everyday training – flatwork, over poles and once a week jumping training what probably makes Impi much more dynamic. If the weather is bearable then on Sunday we used to go hacking. Last week-end we didn’t do that, but it seems tomorrow we will go to the forest.
Bumer was working under a saddle yesterday and before yesterday. Today he has a day off and I shall also go to the forest on him.
Today morning Impi has been jumping. I have constructed 120 cm oxer pretty wide – 125 cm and verticals, among of them the two verticals combination and the wall 130 cm as usually. All has been done clearly and reliably, except the first attempt over the combination. Impi has been so surprised seeing two obstacles in front of her that she’s stopped and refused to jump.