Wasn’t feeling to good on Thursday cold coming on I think, didn’t ride in lesson, decided to train for stage 4 Care and Intermediate Teaching (Marina talked me into it) which means giving up my Thursday afternoon off. Marina held a session for intermediate teach on simulated cross country jumping in the afternoon and Nadine taught it to the group lessons in the evening . C test Training is also running on Thursday evenings with Nadine. Woke up Friday, lost voice altogether and feeling really rough. Four BHS students to teach, managed to get voice back in time to give lecture on goodness knows what cause I don’t think I knew what I was talking about but something to do with school rules and Equitation, glad Marina teaches the riding. This sudden cold weather causes a dilemma with the horses, do you put New Zealand rugs on the ones that aren’t clipped yet cause its turned very cold or do you wait till they are clipped otherwise they are not going to feel the benefit of the rugs. They all need clipping now as they are growing such thick coats they find it hard to work in the school and if they get sweaty it is difficult to cool them off without them catching a chill. Leigh has full clipped 4 so far. Leigh full clipped Phoebe and Marina full clipped Destiny Friday. Last year Laura and myself decided to have a go at clipping Blue we knew she would be difficult but she nearly killed us and we didnt even get the clippers on her so we gave up. I thought we would have to sedate her but I have a fairly quiet pair of small clippers so I thought I would give it a try, the only way I could get near her was for Freya to hold her and Jodie to feed her, I actually managed to get a neck and belly off her on one side unfortunately she wouldnt have the other side done which now looks like a patch work quilt. Blue is still difficult to manage but has become easier since I put her on Magic which is a magnesium based supplement, she is not as dangerous now. I also trace clipped Jane in 12 mins (wouldn’t win any prizes though) and took a bit off smartie and Lucy. Must get the vet out next week and find out if Lucy is pregnant Freya did her first clip on whispa. People always look so nervous when they start clipping. There are lots of ponies here that don’t go anywhere so the students are lucky to have them to practice on. Today Saturday has been quite hectic with a lot of group lessons and private lessons and novice hacks going out. Thank goodness there were loads of kids here to help. Show Jumping Competition started at 4pm, quite busy with the novice classes but quieter later. All Full time students compete if they want to. All results are on the competition page of the Talygarn website. Finished tonight at about 9pm. Jennifer will be home tomorrow I am picking her up at Heathrow at 8am.