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Back at home, we finally got some XC action at Lindores which was awesome (watch a short video here ) and I'm not sure who had the bigger smile, Mossy or his jockey! We jumped all of the bigger fences and also spent some time hunting for a rather naughty pony who had dumped his jockey and head off down the hill into one of the ploughed fields - great fun for us, not so for the naughty pony's rider!
There's been plenty of practicing circles too and the next stop is Kirriemuir and then Central Scotland Horse Trials at Dalkeith, rain (and fog) please stay away!
He then decided he would like to experience our new surgical facilities and put me firmly in the clients’ shoes waiting for news whilst he under went a general anaesthetic and key hole surgery on both his stifles. The news wasn’t what I wanted to hear and despite a pretty horrible prognosis Hugh and I decided we needed to give him every chance. The Oakdens at Dunbog Farm have done an amazing job with his rehabilitation and keeping me positive but last month it became clear as we upped his work that he just wasn’t coping. It would be fair to say the toys came out of the pram a little, for a horse with such an amazing attitude to his jumping who so wants to do it, it seems very unfair at the moment. We have decided to bring him home and put him in the field for 6 months and aim to get him hacking out.
The rollercoaster ride continued when i got a very exciting phone call from Lady Balniel offering me her lovely hunter “Mossy” for the season. Mossy comes with quite a reputation, everyone seems to know him and has only amazing things to say about him which is pretty exciting. At the moment he’s at Dunbog learning to do circles which he is taking to like a duck to water. I think he would prefer going fast over solid fences but i keep telling him that he will be able to once he’s trotted round looking pretty and jumped a few coloured poles – easy as that!!!
I need to say thank you to so many people, Sarah and James Oakden, Lady Balniel, Liz Burton for providing a shoulder to cry on far too many times and of course Hugh for putting up with me and my ponies! Here’s to a better 2014.........
Meet Marmaduke III, otherwise known as Tigger. Tigger is a 16.1hh, 6 year old, chestnut Warmblood x TB owned and ridden by Liz Somerville.
We catch up with Liz and Tigger each month to find out how they are getting on.
I bought Tigger as a very green four year old approximately 18 months ago. We spent the first year bringing him on slowly and allowing him the time he needed to develop both mentally and physically. During 2012 we did some local Riding Club dressage, show jumping and hunter trials before giving him a well-deserved rest in October.
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