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♥Jan. 22nd, 2013 // 03:44 pm
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Although it wasn't, in the end, a nightmare journey, Friday was probably not the ideal day to drive from London to Chester, nor Sunday the best day to drive back again. Still, all of Mike's Mother's descendants made it with relatively little travel trouble. Mike spent the entire weekend driving around saying "I can't believe there's this much snow in Chester...".

Back at home, [livejournal.com profile] vgrumpybastard has been stuck in his stable for five days, now, other than a couple of half-hour breaks in the snow-covered sand school (I dread to think how long it's going to take for the school to be back in use, now that it's been churned up and the snow compacted!). I had hoped that I'd be able to get him out today, just for half an hour of plodding around the flatter local roads, but I was stymied by the fact that there is a couple of metres of completely smooth compacted snow to get over, around the gates, between the stable yard (mostly cleared, or at least crunchy) and the road (a bit icy at the edges but fine in the tire tracks). I'm not at all sure that I'm going to be able to get up the lane for my lesson tomorrow, but I really think he needs to get out and move around so I'm going to go out a bit earlier and see if I can do anything with a shovel and some grit. I have reasonable hopes that I'll be able to get a path through the owner's driveway (which we aren't normally allowed to use), particularly as it's thawed a bit this afternoon.

(I totally stole the grit, but I'm treating it as payment: no one else bothered to grit the entrance to our flats, so after I'd done it I took another bag full out of the grit box and stuck it in the car, Just In Case.)

(I actually think, if I could get there safely, that I'd be absolutely fine to hack him out in the woods: no one else dares, because horses with shoes don't cope very well with snow on account of getting lumps of ice inside their feet, but that's not a problem with him! Sadly, I'm fairly certain that that end of the lane will be a sheet of ice by now, with people driving over it.)

On the plus side, he had the chiropractor in today, and she said he was doing fabulously, so at least he's not stiffened up entirely with standing in.

Mike had a second go on Andrew, on Monday night, and pronounced himself quite happy with him. I might start making vague enquiries about price.

Despite riding on Monday night and pilates this morning, I'm feeling distinctly underexercised. Bleh. May have to get the wii fit out.
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♥Dec. 21st, 2012 // 02:30 pm
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GB seems to be a bit perkier than he was, which is nice. On Wednesday, I took GB to my lesson and he was pretty much his normal self. Today, I rode him in the school and he wasn't quite so up for it, but then he spent yesterday standing in his stable because of the rain, so he might just have been stiff.

I finally got hold of the vet to discuss GB's worm test results: he prescribed a five-day worming programme, and then a third type of wormer in a fortnight. Poor GB's going to be thoroughly sick of the stuff, but hopefully it'll sort him out and get him back to normal. The down side is no going in the field when he's being wormed, so he's got a few days of staying in the stable to put up with. On the other hand, I bought him an enormous bale of haylage, so he can have a lump of that every day, which should help him put some weight back on as well. If he keeps perking up, I'll be able to get back on the side saddle, which will be nice.

On Monday, I had a second lesson on a horse I rode the week before. He's called Andrew, and he's only a baby (five or six), but he seems generally very nice and (mostly) sensible. (Mostly: the lesson this week involved a lot of slow work, and so had the one he'd been on immediately before. He wanted a run. He really wanted a run. He asked nicely a few times, then a bit less nicely, and then decided that he was going to have a run whatever I thought, complete with throwing bucks in. Mike was behind us, and said it looked quite impressive....) Watch this space, but we shall see, we shall see....

We had a big Ocado order due in on Wednesday evening. The chap looked very apologetic as he came up the stairs, and explained that a bottle of wine had broken in one of our crates, and The Rules said that he couldn't let us have anything out of it. Fortunately, it was mostly either non-urgent stuff or things I could get from Lidl on the way home from the yard, but Mike will have to brave a shop to get the wine.

I'm Working From Home over the next few weeks, owing to office move chaos. It's been quite pleasant this week, particularly as I've ditched Sage (huzzah!), although there is an enormous stack of files behind the sofa....

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♥Dec. 21st, 2012 // 02:30 pm
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GB seems to be a bit perkier than he was, which is nice. On Wednesday, I took GB to my lesson and he was pretty much his normal self. Today, I rode him in the school and he wasn't quite so up for it, but then he spent yesterday standing in his stable because of the rain, so he might just have been stiff.

I finally got hold of the vet to discuss GB's worm test results: he prescribed a five-day worming programme, and then a third type of wormer in a fortnight. Poor GB's going to be thoroughly sick of the stuff, but hopefully it'll sort him out and get him back to normal. The down side is no going in the field when he's being wormed, so he's got a few days of staying in the stable to put up with. On the other hand, I bought him an enormous bale of haylage, so he can have a lump of that every day, which should help him put some weight back on as well. If he keeps perking up, I'll be able to get back on the side saddle, which will be nice.

On Monday, I had a second lesson on a horse I rode the week before. He's called Andrew, and he's only a baby (five or six), but he seems generally very nice and (mostly) sensible. (Mostly: the lesson this week involved a lot of slow work, and so had the one he'd been on immediately before. He wanted a run. He really wanted a run. He asked nicely a few times, then a bit less nicely, and then decided that he was going to have a run whatever I thought, complete with throwing bucks in. Mike was behind us, and said it looked quite impressive....) Watch this space, but we shall see, we shall see....

We had a big Ocado order due in on Wednesday evening. The chap looked very apologetic as he came up the stairs, and explained that a bottle of wine had broken in one of our crates, and The Rules said that he couldn't let us have anything out of it. Fortunately, it was mostly either non-urgent stuff or things I could get from Lidl on the way home from the yard, but Mike will have to brave a shop to get the wine.

I'm Working From Home over the next few weeks, owing to office move chaos. It's been quite pleasant this week, particularly as I've ditched Sage (huzzah!), although there is an enormous stack of files behind the sofa....
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