NaughtyNeigh2

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  1. Thanks. Was disappointing at the time, but you can't control the weather I guess! It was lovely on the Friday when we arrived lol. Typical. Lots of people still competed, but I'm still glad we didn't.
  2. He had a physio check up when we got back and got the all clear, so luckily his fall didn't cause any problems. Gave him a couple of days off just to be sure, as I was a bit achy myself, but then he was back to his usual antics with no problem :) Update complete! lol
  3. Pics: Random fence we jumped in the woods Was quite wide for an 80cm course lol! Random hay rack we jumped Go go go [on a long flat bit] Up the bank And off the bank! Brush Rolltop And our pro photos we bought over the skinny corner and the boat jumps Kisses with his new buddy Chilling Selfies [/img] Making use of the walker
  4. Back in October! Forgot to do an update on it [for anyone interested]. To cut a long story short - it didn't really go to plan We'd booked in to stay for 3 days, arrived on the Friday afternoon, had our first class Saturday afternoon and then our second class mid morning Sunday. Arrived there in good time, had a mooch round, walked the course, got the horses settled [not that he's ever unsettled!] etc. Walked the novice course we were entered in, which was quite substantial compared to our mini course last year. And l-o--n-g. Though is is always fairly fit and we had built our summer work up to this event as it's our yearly highlight. Anyway. Wake up Saturday morning - it's p*ssing it down And not stopping. Most the fences are surfaced on take off and landing, however it's hilly grass inbetween and there were 120+ horses entered in our class in the end and about 90 in the class previous. We warmed up [soaked already] and decided I would just take it easy as quite a lot of horses had made errors on the course from the ground. Our start time was directly half way through our class, so it was fairly churned up on the jumps. [They actually paused the event it to fix the ground after our start time]. There were good boggy churned up craters in the centre take off and landings for the majority of the jumps - I opted to jump off center at the edges where hardly anyone had jumped - he was a very good boy and jumped them all right at the edges with no run outs or second thoughts! We started our round, taking it very carefully and taking no tight turns etc on purpose as the ground conditions were getting worse [heck, we even trotted in some places]. He jumped everything lovely and clear...we were 2 fences from home......and that's when it all went wrong This was a black flag fence which is basically the option of a bigger, more technical fence over a quicker distance - or a smaller jump but over a longer route. He felt a bit tired and the black flag fence was one we had not ever encountered before schooling . Palisade to ditch - however jumped the other way. Ditch in front, steeplechase type brush fence behind - but the landing it virtually the height of the jump so you're landing uphill, not level. Basically a brush bank with a ditch in front of it 0 however you can't see from take off, that you'll be landing higher - it looks like a normal brush fence with a ditch. Take off side we had [left hand side] http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/04/43/87/4438786_81925a72.jpg Landing side [higher up than the take off - right hand side] - I'd have preferred to jump it this way jumping down lol! http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/04/44/02/4440288_d3101fac.jpg Anyway, it was a decent height [regardless of the dodgy higher landing that we'd never tried before] and he felt tired, so to save him making any mistake, I chose the 'safe' route, the long route over a teeny tiny log: http://s0.geograph.org.uk/geophotos/04/44/03/4440373_2438333b.jpg And that's where we both fell over :'( He completely slipped as we went from the surfaced landing side back onto the grass. [i[]In trot.[/i]. He fell right down, he was a very good boy and somehow completely avoided landing on me, even though he went right down and off his feet completely [my entire one side of my saddle and him were caked in wet mud]. He kind of threw his neck up as we went down and I got shoved off and my leg out the way before he landed luckily. I've never come off him before and always slightly was worried about what he'd do - I've always trained him to stand when left but slightly different practice when you're out in acres of fields competing mid-round with other horses on the course etc! Anyway, he was luckily very very good and just got straight up and just walked a few strides over back to where I was on the ground and then just stood there waiitng. I was fine, just had the wind knocked out of me for a moment or two. I got up, trotted him up and checked he was ok. He seemed fine with no heat or swelling etc. The stewards allowed me back on, however we were eliminated as it was a horse fall. Sods law. I took the safe easier fence, and came a crupper at it. The main thing was, he was fine and I was fine - just very wet and muddy! I felt really bad for my friend who had taken me with her horse, as she was only entered in the pairs class with the on the Sunday class and had come two days early just so I could do my class. I'd only met her once before too, so really did feel guilty as I didn't really want to compete in the class the next day as thought the ground would be even more awful with 60 odd more horses due to go round it still after my awful round. Plus, I thought Coblet would probably be achy and sore in the morning from his fall. I kept an open mind to try not to let hr down and said I'd make a decision in the morning. If the ground dried up miraculously and he was not sore, I'd consider a very steady round so she could compete. However, luckily or unluckily, the rain carried on until past midnight that Saturday. We walked the course the Sunday morning, and words just can't describe how disgusting the conditions were. The organisers had tried to fill it with extra woodchip to drain it and move some fences - but the ground for the surfaced fences were then either ridiculously deep or the fences that had been moved, were now just on grass [with no surface] which got just as churned up and slippy after a few horses had gone round. This is what we were faced with walking it: [img[/img] Just, gross and unforgiving. My round was wet and slippy and a bit churned up at the fences the day before, but nowhere near as bad as that! Luckily, my friend refused to jump round it so that was our weekend over. We both withdrew as we decided it was just unfair to ask the horses to jump out of that. They'd both be so honest and still do it, it would not be fair on them at all. So, we came back with safe and sound horses. No competition is worth injuries for. So yes, not our best event But, an experience none the less. I have more pictures I'll post in a sec.