With Ellie having a quiet weekend poor Fliss had to step up and do the brunt of the work this weekend. Ellie's big leg thankfully has returned to nearly normal so I am happy that Bicton is back on the agenda next weekend. My gut is she had a little bit of cellulitis from a very small scab in the heel on that leg. After day 2 the swelling reduced rapidly with a combination of hosing, gentle exercise and the use of ArcEquine. I schooled her normally this weekend and she felt fine.
On Saturday Fliss had a lesson with sponsor Stef Eardley. Having been focusing on forward with Fliss we found that we actually needed to contain the energy a little as she was rather free wheeling around at her pace. We focused on transitions and getting her to listen and react to the stop and go commands. I think partly she is starting to feel very well and strong in herself and we need to be able to work within the energy she is giving keeping her frame soft and out.
A little clip
The plan had been that today Ellie would have jumped at Colraine but being a bit cautious it was decided that Fliss could step in. Very impressed with British Show Jumping who having had Fliss's registration emailed to them on Thursday night had my registration number back before 9 on Friday morning! So no excuses there.
I entered the British Novice which was a nice flowing track. She warmed up well but then got a little keen although once in the arena there was enough to see to back her off. The class was A7 (separate jump off) which was nice and Fliss jumped a super round, a little green in places throwing some rather big jumps at times and also getting her legs in knot coming into the double having a pole but overall really pleased.
As she didn't find that difficult in terms of height we then entered the 95cm. Although in this class we made 2 mistakes I think the additional round did her the world of good. Once her canter is stronger she will cope so much better.
So plenty to work on but a big step in the right direction and delighted with how she is progressing as well as how well she behaved today.
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