Saturday started off with a lie in and me to catch up on some much needed sleep after the week. Later on that day Laura, Ashley and I took Jedi, Mubrook and Neptune out for a short hack. This gave me my second chance to ride Neptune, having been the first horse I rode at Perseverance. A canter along the road there and back was a great chance to give them all a stretch out. Neptune seemed to enjoy his outing and I look forward to having the chance to ride him again. He is just one of the horses listed for me to ride at Jeffery’s Bay, such a nice chance to have a selection of horses to choose from.
Sunday was not such a good day for me. I had had little sleep due to the fact that out of nowhere I became ill. So my day was spent inside feeling ill, but the folks from Perseverance soon had me right as rain again and by the evening I was feeling much better.
Monday morning, Ashley and I took Mercury and Liberty out for a short training session. Being a Monday morning neither of the horses really wanted to work and would probably have preferred to have stayed in their camp. But on the way back, heading for home none the less, both picked up and we cruised our way home in canter.
In the afternoon we had the mission of starting the 4 day worming programme using Panacur. The endurance horse herd was dosed first, followed by the herd of weaned foals which there were about 10 in total. The foals were to be haltered, wormed and then taught to be led. Having not had much/ none practice at having a halter or being led we had some fun with getting these youngsters to co-operate. We managed to get most of the herd done and led except for two, so it was time to call in Bob to give us a hand with two “bouncing” characters. It was very interesting to see Bob working with these foals using his strength and calming nature to influence these foals, as he taught them how to walk from a lead rein. As this is a 4 day worming programme these foals will be handled a lot of the next few days so should get used to the process of wearing a halter and moving with a handler.
The day flew by and it is safe to say whatever ‘bug’ I had the previous day has gone. The garlic that Laura had given me and the medicine containing silver from Bob definitely did the job.