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Lauren Shannon’s eventing blog: treadmills and missing out a fence at Aston-le-Walls

Hello everyone! It’s nice to be back to normal after the ups and downs of the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials.

We started back quickly, with Crunchie (Kilcannon Watlings Crunch) and Quality Purdey doing the intermediate on Thursday last week at Aston-le-Walls. Crunchie did a lovely test, and a great cross-country round, but a silly two down in the jumping. She didn’t really deserve either fence, and jumped amazingly, but she is a big mare and still developing, so we can forgive them.

Purdey was competing in her first intermediate, having competed in her first two BE100s last season, and done her five novice clears this spring. She did a nice test, marred only by some spooking at a marquee very close to our arena flapping away in the wind! She then jumped a nice showjumping round and a fabulous clear cross-country. She will now aim to run at Barbury CIC** in July, provided a couple more intermediate runs go well. I couldn’t be happier with her!

Holly (Riffala Du Buisson) was in the novice at Aston, and she did a great dressage and a super double clear. It was a shame then that I decided to miss out the penultimate fence! I cannot explain why I missed the fence out, I knew where it was, I knew I needed to jump it, and all I can fathom is that I came out of the last water thinking about getting in the time, and shot round the corner to the finish. I definitely saved time, but didn’t save face!

We went back to Aston on Sunday, for their unaffiliated competition. Jess, my working student, had her horse Tiny (Jamacain Me Crazy) in the pre-novice, and he jumped a great double clear to finish seventh. I had Billy (Belimo Nique) there, for his first play around an event. He is a new project, owned by Watling JCB, and he is proving to be a real servant. He did a great dressage and showjumping, with a green cross-country round. He’ll now head to Rockingham alongside all the others this weekend for the BE100.

One of Lauren Shannon's horses on a water treadmill

I also took Holly and Crunchie to Moulton College  this week, to use their water treadmill. Both mares are still weak over their backs, so we are going to see if a six-week plan, devised with Moulton’s help, will do them good. It was great to see them working, and I was shocked how relaxed and easy both mares found it! It’s just another way of trying to get the best out of the horses, and I can’t believe how many people sing hydrotherapy’s praises. Here’s hoping we see a difference!

Lauren

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Full report of Aston-le-Walls in H&H out tomorrow, 16th May. 

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