The year has got off to a productive start. After his 5-week holiday in the field, and then 3 weeks of roadwork, we moved Jimmy to a yard just outside Windsor on January 1st.
I feel very lucky to have him in what feels like my back garden, albeit 25 miles from Central London! Having him so much closer to work has made it possible to ride 6 days a week despite the long dark winter nights which is a real joy. We are very spoilt to have excellent facilities including 2 floodlit arenas plus a floodlit lunge pen, mirrors, a mile canter track and year round turnout which is a very important factor and rare to find. The hacking leaves a lot to be desired but I have managed to find a few good bridleways providing us with the distance but not as much gradient as I would like, however, Jimmy has learnt a lot about heavy traffic so silver linings and all that! He will move back to Gloucestershire when the evenings get lighter in March, but in the meantime we are making the most.
Jimmy is feeling great, I love feeling him growing up all the time – he is working really well through his pre-season plan and the fitness work is picking up, which he is loving – sometimes a little too much! We have various training and competition outings in the pipeline over the coming weeks and we just keep at it from home between times.
All very exciting as we count down the weeks to the first event of 2018, which is now entered – bring it on!