Looking to a future with COVID-19
Keeping balance, best we can.
This newsletter is one of a kind, with COVID-19 affecting the horse community and competition circuit globally, keeping a positive, motivated approach to our training takes a team of ‘happy horse individuals’ The Tinney’s cannot thank their staff, clients, friends for keeping us all sane during these unique times. We have all managed so far to keep smiling.
Balance your life- include fitness, good healthy living, laughter…and above all ‘love your 4-legged friends’ they will bring joy. Remembering our horses haven’t got a clue what’s going on! So, maintaining a regular program is essential for performance horses.
Our week here consists of normal arena work, but we have gone outside the square and taken horses to the local National Park, road work to keep them interested, doing a mock test off the property in local paddocks (that did not go as well the first time!) so repeating this on a weekly basis. With our horses not going out to competitions we feel we have to give them variety, plus simulate. Horses are creatures with flighty, alert minds so getting them out now is essential to avoid any behavioural disasters!
We have had our own Tinney Team SJ challenge. fasted time over 17 elements in our 70x30m jump ring! Again, it was great to see the enthusiasm and engagement of our jumpers – competitive and ready for our next challenge in 2 weeks. 1.20 and 1.30m round with joker! Keep an eye out on our Tinney Eventing FB page and Instagram… We are having our own competitions here to keep the horses and riders fit and sharp! Ready for the COVID-19 restrictions to lift for our sport. Hoping that information from our sporting bodies may speed up and we will have some competitions with guidelines to work towards. Before we all get too used to this hibernation:)
- 1st Jane Wilcox, 2nd Gemma Tinney, 3rd Courtney Forster and Tara Rogers riding Sushi- ‘best performed young horse’
- Sponsor prizes- CopRice, Bates, Horseland and Ceva
- Did you know that CopRice bags are now recyclable Take to any RedCycle program outlet (Woolies or Coles)
Exercise helps. Especially ones with your horse!
With the lock down being slightly lifted, it will help us all get back to having some time with others. We have started to take horses to training venues, something worth considering.
Adjusting your canter with poles with Stuart Tinney