Apologies this is slightly later than anticipated. However, even with all the excitement of getting organised for the Wobbleberry Challenge, work tends to get in the way and sadly needs to be done so I can afford to do this thing!!
That said, It’s hard to believe only a week has gone by because so much seems to have happened!
My first ride this week on Boo resulted in him almost falling over … and I do mean falling over. He was down on his knees and how he managed to recover I don’t really know. All I know is that I’ve now realised I have more glue than I thought I had and didn’t come off. In fact I was nowhere close. So really chuffed with that 🙂
Tuesday brought my first new team member on board. Julia Fairfax has been at the forefront of Vibrational Medicine for the last 15 years. She has successfully treated top competition horses in eventing, racing, dressage and show jumping as well as family pets. Julia is also on the Parliamentary Committee for Integrated Medicine and is a tutor for the Institute of Natural Medicine.
Julia is doing a course with Organised Equine on 15th and 16th October but sadly I couldn’t do those dates so asked her to come out to me to check the horses and dogs over.
Ozzie had a few tweaks but in the main was good to go. So took him for a hack on his own and went three times the distance we’d managed in the last year. At this point in time it’s hard to imagine that I’m going to be hurtling him around a x country course next year!!
It was also the first anniversary of Ozzie’s gotcha day on the 9th October too. Can’t quite believe it’s been a full year, even thought it’s had it’s ups and downs I finally think we’ve got some trust built to now start building the foundations of this Challenge with.
It transpires that Boo has a mildly rotated pelvis. So emergency call to Anne-Marie to get that one sorted. In the meantime it means no riding the little man but plenty of playing friendly game to get him used to all manner of things!
Friday then brought the second new teamie, my personal trainer, David Givens. He’s the Fitness Manager at the University of Reading’s SportsPark and has been an absolute superstar and followed the brief perfectly. Basically the brief he was given from his boss was this: “Tracey’s doing a WibblyWobble Challenge, something to do with British Eventing, and needs to get fit for September next year. Word to the wise, she hates exercise and just don’t even ask her to run – oh and it has to be inexpensive! Other than that can you help her build a fitness plan?”
Dave sat down with me for about 90 minutes going through what the Challenge was; his best line was ‘Dressage, is that the dancing horses in the sandpit?’ Yep, that’d be the one. Must remember to tell Carl and Charlotte how they’re perceived by the non-horsey fraternity! 🙂
So from now until the end of November I just have to get my heart rate up from 80-120 for 45 minutes three times a week. So I thought I’d break myself in gently and do a Power Yoga Class on Tuesday, a Spin class on Thursday and a brisk walk with the dogs at the weekend. Then of course there’s the riding but I don’t think I can ask the horses to keep up a pace that would keep my heart rate up without them falling over – after all they’re probably as unfit as I am!!
The other thing that made my day as far as my programme was concerned was going on the body scanner. It tells me I have the metabolic rate of a 38 year old and that the fat around my internal organs is a mere 6%. Yes I will take that, thank you very much!!
I also got the horses’ programme from Tracey D on Friday. Part of the prep was strict instructions to go out to an affiliated BE80 event before the end of the season, so I dutifully toddled off to Littleton Manor’s one day event on Saturday.
The butterflies started to take off on the way there when I was thinking about negotiating the narrow lanes with the trailer, by the time I got there I was feeling sick with nerves!
Then, not having a clue what to do to walk the course, it’s nothing like the Badminton set up … thankfully! I asked the BE80 coach if I could walk the course with horses going around. I told her I was a Wobbleberry and she very kindly offered to take me on her next course walk.
This Challenge is definitely going to be a life changer. Not only am I uncovering and facing a lot of fears, I’m also learning about planning, co-dependent relationships and how to overcome them and that with all of this comes a new found level of confidence. Horses really are wonderful teachers if we will but listen!
’til next week have fun and kick on 🙂