I took Posh for a dressage lesson on Saturday with International Dressage Rider Steph Croxford. It was very Kindly arranged and hosted by Fran Turner. I was really pleased with Posh, she worked in really well staying nice and relaxed and when it came to picking her up and asking her to work in more of a test outline she stayed soft and submissive, we started by doing a bit of leg yielding on a circle concentrating on really keeping the rhythm and quality of the trot, we then moved on to some shoulder in to quaters in and back to shoulder in which she coped with really well although she was anticipating a bit, she can sometimes be to clever for her own good. Having said I really struggle with lengthening, Steph said go off and do a couple of diagonals in medium trot and just to prove me wrong Posh did her best ever effort showing some really good medium strides. We moved on to doing some half passes that we have only started really recently but she coped really well and some were about up to test quality, we did a little in canter again working in some lateral work and finished off with some canter walk canter transitions which I have been working really hard so was pleased when Steph said how good they were. Steph said we seemed to be on the right track with all we are doing and to crack on and enter and medium!! scary. I feel Posh has got a lot stronger on the flat recently so it was really nice to have that backed up by someone with Steph's knowledge.
Having sold Chester we have been on the look out for a new horse, ideally something about 15.2hh to 16hh but we seem to have bought a full up 16.2hh!!! We went to try Archie last Thursday up near Sheffield in gale force winds, we did try him in an indoor school but it did sound like it was about to take off, he was a little bit spooky but very genuine, we really liked his attitude in and out of the stable and when ridden, so we had him vetted Friday and then went to fetch him yesterday, he just checked out the stable and then walked straight in and travelled beautifully. He has settled it like one of the family, when we turned him out with the others, Flo did manage to raise her head but Posh and Darcy didn't stop eating!! He has been stabled so wanted a gallop round but the others just looked at him as if to say out here is for eating not messing around. Cherise rode him this morning in the school and if anything we like him even more than when we went to see him. Hopefully we will have lots of fun with him.
You may have noticed that it has been a bit quiet from me at the moment, this is because I have hurt my back at the moment so have had to take it easy for the last couple of weeks, I rode for the first time this week but was only comfortable in walk, think this is the longest I have not sat on a horse since having Ila and it is driving me mad!! Mum and Cherise have been brilliant as they have had to do all the hard work, but hopefully now I seem to be on the mend but I hope it hurries up it is boring looking in from the outside!
On a brighter note Cherise and Mum had a lovely day out hunting on Tuesday with the Quorn Hunt on Chester and Darcy, they had super weather and both really enjoyed a lovely day, both horses went really well and jumped everything.