I hope that you’re all managing to stay healthy and safe during these really scary times. With so much uncertainty, it’s really hard to try and stay positive and motivated with what used to be seemingly everyday occurrences.
I am feeling exceptionally lucky to be in a job where I still have to be on the yard by 8am every morning, and the lack of shows means that we have plenty of time on our hands to do those jobs that always get pushed to the bottom of the priority list. Suddenly, our rug room has been reorganised, and we have enough empty stables (albeit only one!) to allow us to start the spring clean and jet wash and repaint. It always seems like a never-ending and dull job, but I secretly love a good stable painting session. There’s something really therapeutic about it!
We have five foals due this year, with the first being due in three days’ time. Having worked as an equine veterinary nurse in a very busy hospital, I definitely have a soft spot for this time of year. There is nothing more exciting than seeing the next generation of sports horses grow and develop, and whilst there is nothing quite as emotional or tiring as foaling season, I wouldn’t change it for the world.
For those of you who are avid readers of Horse & Hound, you may well have seen the article about our favourite Jay Johnson. It’s wonderful to see him getting recognition for his incredible work, and I just hope that those who had nothing but negativity towards him don’t require his services at some point in the future! Jay has taught me so much in the time that we worked together, and he is still an invaluable part of my thought processes when dealing with young or difficult horses… Mary is still included in this! I feel very lucky to have his ongoing support, and for this I cannot thank him enough.
So, what next? We are all on tenterhooks waiting for news on when we can start getting the horses out to training and shows again, but in the meantime I am trying to view this enforced rest from shows as an opportunity to work on the things that I tend to avoid. No stirrups work is very sadly something that I need to work on, but I know that I will really reap the benefits of this if I force myself to do it! I am very lucky to have been sent a kit from Maeve Sheridan at Activate Your Seat. Maeve spotted my quite sever wonkiness in one of my recent videos, and sent me this kit to help me try and address this problem. I’ve only just started using the kit, but already I am feeling positive changes. I’m so excited to keep working with Maeve to see how straight and balanced she can get me!
I am a huge believer in fate, and the whole ‘everything happens for a reason’ mentality, and I am really excited to see what positive changes can come from this pandemic. We are already seeing a huge drop in pollution levels around the world, and I really hope that everyone from all walks of life can find a positive to take from the lockdown period.
Stay safe, stay at home, and don’t forget to wash those hands! If you run out of hand soap, remember that hibiscrub is a brilliant alternative, and us horsey folk probably have far more of that knocking around than hand sanitiser!
Take care, and I’ll speak to you all again soon.