Busy Busy Busy

The past couple of months have been a bit hectic in the life of my horse and I…

Lots has happened.. Both good and bad..

Firstly Amber is no longer stabled at the ShumbaShaba stable yard in Mnandi.

It took a month of hardship and fighting, trials and tribulations to make the decision but it has definitely been for the best.

I terminated the freelance tradeoff agreement with the Shumbashaba owner that was no longer of any benefit to me and actually ended up costing me way more in time and resources than I was getting out of it in return. For that reason I had to find her a new home.. and fast. I had made the decision and had to follow through with it.Β  And during that time it felt like 1 December 2012 could not come soon enough!

My dad and I borrowed a horse box from the new stable yard and went to fetch AmberΒ  bright and early on 1 December 2012 to bring her to her new home in Benoni. She boxed pretty well considering the previous terrible rushed experience at the Midvaal endurance ride. I sat with her in the box and was both excited and nervous for the move πŸ™‚

I looked at a couple of yards online and made a appointments to see some of them and eventually made the decision to move to Banbury (as recommended by my bestest riding buddy Tamryn). I think I made a good decision though as she is much happier there and even though she has only been there for 6 weeks she has picked up weight and her coat is shining like it never did before and she is really looking amazing!

She has a bigger stable. She gets fed much better food. She has more grazing space. The yard has two jumping arenas and two dressage arenas and a really nice lunge arena. There is a lot of space to ride out and the people are genuinely nice πŸ™‚

So that’s the first big thing that happened.

The next big thing..

The day after she arrived at her new home, I entered her for two classes in the training show at the yard. She came third in the general breed showing class πŸ™‚ And I jumped her in the 30cm jumping class and she got a clear round – without buckin me off!! And she loved it!! First jumping class – EVER – and first in hand class with me (who is clueless about this by the way). I had a lot of help and guidance from the people at the new yard which was awesome.

The third big thing that has happened…

My riding friend jumped her over 80cm jump and she was amazing!!

I have also been on a few out rides with people and twice on my own πŸ™‚ She was also really good considering and we even cantered πŸ™‚

And then over the weekend I sat on her bareback with just a halter and she was awesome – although it took me a few tries to her on her on my own LOL

So yes – all in all its been a busy few months but its gone from really bad to really great and I am holding thumbs that it only gets better from here on out!

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