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Saturday, January 22, 2011

Training is back in earnest

Well after a very long break over Xmas and the New Year, I started back training my boys 2 weeks ago.
I struggled to find the motivation to get out & get going again. Leave home at 7 pm & drive to a cold indoor riding school.Then a ton of mud to negotiate to get into the venue, therefore ending up with not only very muddy dogs but covered in dirty sand as well. After training for 2 hrs , helping to put the equipment away and driving the 35 minutes home I don't get back till just before 11pm. I then have to give Fozzie & Chip a half bath ( belly downwards) to clean them up. I eventually sit down with a cuppa at about 11-30 and then its bath and bed for me.
I hate driving in the dark nowadays, especially when its raining which it has on the last 2 occasions, so you can see why I struggle.

Having said all that its been really worth it as far as Fozzie is concerned. He is coming on fantastically and believe it or not his work has been better than Chip ( who really is being quite erratic)

I also did a training morning with Toni this week. Wow Fozzie actually bounced jumped 3 jumps in a row, something I couldn't ever have imagined he would do. Contacts are brill. He's super good if I am in front of or level with him on the dogwalk ,but tends to be slower if I'm a bit behind. I need to teach him to drive more to the end when he's in front of me.

So all in all I am really excited about the coming show season with Mr Fozzie bear.

Woody is just going to be trained at home. His shoulder injury from last year is looking great, and his jump fitness is being increased gradually.

I took Disney to my vet to have a health check. She is amazed with him and in her own words said he's more like a 2 year old.

My own field is looking very sorry for itself. The endless rain, snow etc has given it a beating so I am really limiting how much I use it, Roll on Spring :-)

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