20 September 2020: Long Time, No See

Almost half a year passed since I upgraded the website. Most information is published on FB. However, I didn’t write about a few other works.
The pandemic suspended my traveling activity. There won’t be any abroad journey (of mine) this year probably. I have some plans for the next year, but … who knows, what’s gonna happen. Free time I used for some little investments. Perhaps it’s better to call those activities renewing of some parts of the property.
The first of all, all broken paddocks’ fence posts were replaced. Imperia bored sometimes during winter days. Not even the electric fence stopped her, when she was trying to reach a grass blade with better taste. Then every paddock shelter for horses (they were sunburned) was painted. We did some cleaning of row of garden lamps, where clever ants had constructed their anthills. They are really ingenious creatures building their own “apartments” inside of lamps. First, they were drilling through the concrete fundamentals of the lamps, then climbing the wires and cables transported required building material. Of course, they had made a short circuit finally. So, the brought soil was removed, the fundamentals were sealed and waterproof electric boxes have been installed. The leaking roof over the manure stock was also replaced. The dirty front part of the house facade was renewed and painted. Some strong rains (it was really raining cats and dogs sometimes) almost caused floods in the main stable. It had persuaded me the better drainage was a need. So it was rebuilt too. The gardening company (“Ogrody Pawła”) has coped with all the work very well and in time.
My everyday horse riding is continued. The working horse is Impi. Bumer is retired and hasn’t been recalled from his retirement.

9 April 2020: Living in the Lockdown

The virus stopped most of outside activities. In fact, it is the only once a week shopping left. Fortunately it’s possible to do many important and useful things in the stable and at home. It supports physical activity and takes away excess time. Though I work on-line with college students, read much more than usually and communicate with friends by internet it is sitting sort of work. So the stable and horses are giving the breath. I appreciate it very much. Everyday the horses are from almost dawn to dusk in their paddocks, except time spent in the exerciser or under a saddle. Bumer “celebrated” its 22nd birthday on 25th March and since that date is retired, which means he will be no more mounted. Impi had 3 weeks off. She was prepared for the holiday, because of my travel to Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore. The quantity of her food was descent and last days before holidays she was working less and less. Though my trip left undone, she spent three weeks without a saddle, but the last week we trained from the ground. Since yesterday Impi works under a saddle. I don’t think we will jump soon, but regular riding will be run. It’s pity I can’t go hacking. I miss those wonderful, long forest rides.
However, the stable timetable is not changed. I start a little bit before 7 am, so horses go to the exerciser punctually at 7 for an hour and in that time I muck the stalls. Then there is preparation to ride and ride. At dusk I turn back horses to the stable and at 10 pm I just make fast and short cleaning of stalls before the night.
Last Sunday I switched on watering of the arenas, the exerciser track and water supply for the paddocks. On Tuesday the horses got deworming pasta and they will be vaccinated next Tuesday.
It’s dry, that’s bad, only good in this is high production of electrical energy from our photovoltaic micro power plant.

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.