This is one of the most exciting times of the year for me. Now, I know the weather is terrible and horses aren’t in full flow yet but, for me it’s like the weeks leading up to Christmas. At the minute, all the horses I have are full of potential.
I’m looking through last year’s calendar and trying to put together a plan that will see them achieve their best. Every day I go out to the barn and I can see a little more muscle on them or a little rib showing just makes is so exciting. It’s also a time when the new horses I have bought through the winter are finding their feet over fences. There is huge satisfaction in watching a horse’s progress through his training and develop into a brave and confident jumper. The other side of that is, of course, if he ends up with bad habits, it’s all down to your training.
I have a couple of very exciting ones for the upcoming season, which I’ll introduce you to as the winter turns into spring. I also love trying to figure out what the opposition is trying to do and how to try and avoid the real big guns and plot a successful path. I could spend hours looking at form this time of year, just trying to see what may lay in store.
As January moves into February and we start to notice a slightly brighter morning, then we begin to countdown the days to Aiken (70) as of today. For me, it can’t come soon enough. Then we’ll solve some of the unanswered questions from last year.
But roll on 2016, and as of now all of my horses are undefeated, God wouldn’t I love to keep it that way.