A Wobbleberry Start to the Week
Well true to form, in my little world, the week started on Monday – who’d have thought! I was checking Facebook and all the wonderful Wobbleberry Challenge pages to see what was happening and up popped a close contact event saddle for sale. As Ozzie only has a dressage saddle and Boo’s General Purpose is specifically fitted to him I needed something to jump Oz in. The saddle’s nothing posh or fancy but it’s functional and it’ll get us through the next year. And who knows; if I get bitten by the bug I can then go and buy a posh expensive one!!! Only down side is that it’s not arriving for 4-6 weeks!
Organising in chaos
On the way to work on Tuesday, having jumped into the car at 8.30am and hit traffic at Arborfield 🙁 After sitting in traffic happily listening to the radio for 45 minutes, I thought I’d have a quick check of my phone given I’d been stationary for some considerable time. It was then I discovered a number of emails and txts telling me Reading was gridlocked!!!
So I had a choice, get frustrated or get working. By the time I got to work I had a contacted two potential new Teamies to join Team Wildcroft – and booked a session with one of them.
Wobbleberry Confidence in Coach form
Jenni Winter is a Confidence Coach and owner of Flying Changes Coaching. She’d had a clinic cancel on Saturday and as she’s so local I jumped at the chance to get her booked in. The taster session was really useful as we got to grips with what precisely was holding me back and whilst no riding took place on Saturday, we now have three sessions booked in to address some of the issues that came up. So a great start there and I’ll keep you posted as to progress. If you want more information about Jenni please go to www.flyingchangescoaching.co.uk
Once at work on Tuesday I undertook my first fitness class. When I say fitness, it was Power Yoga which, to be honest, was quite a revelation! First of all I realised my hips were locked tight, so I need to work on that and the second thing that came out of it was that I can’t stand on one leg without falling over! Mmmm – very Wibbly Wobbly and a huge insight regarding my ability to balance! Clearly this needs work whilst on two legs, let alone when I have four underneath me!!
I also met a couple of really friendly ladies there who suggested I check out the Body Conditioning class on Wednesday lunch time as that was one of the best classes!
Body Conditioning was great fun … to start with. I joined the class thinking ooooh how nice, bit of bouncy music and a few easy exercises, what fun!! By the time the class had ended my legs didn’t actually belong to me! You know that feeling when you’re ever so slightly drunk and your legs aren’t working quite as they should? Yep, that was me. Unfortunately after the class I had to walk across Campus to get some lunch! It would’ve been really amusing if someone had taken a video of it because I was trying so hard to walk properly without my legs buckling; I think I must have looked like I was walking on hot coals. Suffice it to say, just in case it was ever in doubt, I now know I have a body because every time I moved for the following two days, I could feel it!!!
When back in the office, the conversation moved on to compression tights and the benefits of wearing them when doing strenuous exercise. Not sure about tights, I think I may need a compression body suit!
Spin on Thursday didn’t happen! Why? Because my brain can only focus on one thing at a time! Due to the fact I needed to sort out a replacement car tyre as I’d had a blow out on the way home on Wednesday, I forgot my kit! On the upside, it was probably just as well as I think Spin may have totally finished me off for the week.
…. and finally, Friday and the Boys!
My glorious end to the week has been getting out with the boys. As I can’t ride Boo at the moment because of his rotated pelvis, I just spent a bit of time with him on the ground preparing him for liberty work. No circles or lateral movements, just gentle forward to build on the relationship. He’s becoming so cheeky and loving now, he’s a total pleasure to have around and I’m so disappointed that I can’t ride him at the moment. However, a session with Boo in the field wouldn’t be a proper session without Boo clearly letting me know where he should be in the scheme of things and that’s firmly on a pedestal!!
On Friday I took Oz out for a walk in hand – we went exploring and he stayed with me the whole time. Even when he decided to stop and investigate what was going on on the golf course he trotted to catch up and his shoulders never passed mine. For you Parelli students out there, you’ll understand the significance of that 🙂 A total partner UNTIL, after stopping to let him noodle on a situation, a horse killing squirrel ran across the path behind him!!!! At that point I couldn’t actually reach the top of his neck or his face in order to help bring him back to earth so we found another strategy to get him focusing on me again. It did leave me wondering how on earth he was going to be brave enough to gallop a cross country course on his own and negotiate solid fences!!! Hey ho!
On Saturday after my session with Jenni and then our farrier, Paul Hurst, coming out to sort out all the horses feet, I decided to take Oz out on a hack with Boo. My gorgeous hubby, Graham very kindly offered to walk Boo out with us, so Oz had all sorts of company to help him stay calm whilst having someone on board. I think Boo was probably more of a handful than Ozzie, purely because he hasn’t been worked for over a week so poor Graham had to manage that energy! Post the walk Oz decided to chill out with his BFF, Ollie. 😀
So another hectic week but it’s all beginning to come together – slowly; not great for someone with a ‘be quick’ gene. However, this Challenge will be great for building patience I think!
Also an unashamed plug for sponsorship! This is a selfish plea (well almost!), Andrew Hoy (Olympic Event Rider) has offered lessons to those Wobbleberries who have raised the most against their target. As you may be aware, I need all the help I can get so any amount, no matter how much or how little, would be gratefully received. Particularly because The Wobbleberry Challenge has already raised over £50k!! 😀 So lets kick on and get it to £100k. My just giving page can be found here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Tracey-Longhurst
Until next week.
Have fun and kick on.