For the first few weeks I was managing to still ride Corky on his rehab walks but I was not able to ride Maisie. I had to be sensible as I wasn’t very effective and quite sore I didn’t trust myself to ride a new and unknown horse!
Fortunately I was able to start riding Maisie after a few weeks, though progress was still slow. In hindsight it maybe wasn’t the worse thing though as we have had time to get to know each other without the pressure of going out competing too soon.
Saying that after 5 weeks I finally manage to get out to our first competition. I rode two prelim tests at The Scottish National Equestrian Centre. Maisie behaved fantastically; travelling well, standing in the lorry and produced two decent tests. She was quite tense which is understandable for our first show but our scores were low 60s which I think is respectable for our first BD show. She also looked beautiful plaited up
We have now started to jump too which has been interesting - she has a fantastic jump but needs me to be very positive or she lacks confidence. At our first BS show last weekend, after a slight miscommunication in our first class, she then went on to jump round producing two lovely double clears. I think, given time to build our partnership over the winter, she will be a very exciting prospect for next season.