Training Bursary Blog: Liv Nolan Part 4
This last month has been filled with lots of hard work and fun. CiCi’s flatwork has improved greatly and we have even managed to have a few journeys to other facilities for lessons when restrictions were eased.
In our flatwork lessons, CiCi and I have greatly improved and her canter has developed a lot. She has begun to sit more and her canter has therefore become more uphill.
We’ve spent quite a considerable amount of time during lockdown doing small accuracy and gymnastic jumping exercises. We did these to help CiCi become quicker off the floor and to focus on straightness. We tried jumping across jumps to make sure she locks on to the next fence in preparation for Eventing. We went on a little trip to Kings Hill Equestrian and had a jump round their lovely course. CiCi was very excited to be jumping properly again and was flying. After that we went on our first cross country outing since February. We went to Hickstead and hired out their all weather arena which was great. The weather was quite hot and CiCi really enjoyed splash around in the water. She flew all the jumps and clearly had lots of fun! Before loading her up on the lorry she had some Dengie Alfa A Oil and Dengie Alfa-Beet, this is because she isn’t very good at drinking and Dengie Alfa-Beet is amazing for getting fluid into horses as it is delicious and encourages them to take in some water therefore maintaining hydration levels.
My highlight of this month has been coming 2nd individually and a team win in a Pony Club Online Dressage Competition. We achieved 70.83% and our team won by a considerable amount due to the fact my other team mates also came 1st and 2nd in their respective sections.