Over the weekend, we headed to Larkhill with Impuls V for his second event.
Having gone so well at Tweseldown and throughout in his training, I felt he was prepared as ever and ready to go. He did a nice test for 30.5, a little distracted, but even with this he scored well. We then went on to post a good clear showjumping and then frustratingly the wheels slightly fell off cross-country. We got round, but it wasn’t the clear it should have been and I was slightly left scratching my head as to why. As a rider it is easy to blame yourself, the weather, the conditions, but sometimes things just don’t go to plan. You have to put it into perspective, that it isn’t the end of the world and take away the positives.
I feel very strongly, that for our sport and for the younger generations, we have a duty to talk about the good and the bad, and not go quiet on social media if we don’t have a result to talk about. From the moment I sat on Impuls V, I felt like he was a proper horse and although disappointing that he didn’t quite show his true colours over the weekend, these things happen with horses. It takes nothing away from what I feel about him, but just spurs me on to work harder and make sure I get it right next time.
We are heading back to Larkhill today to give him a confidence building time and then onwards and upwards to the next event