I realise I didn't post about the Halloween Show. Hmmm, maybe because it's one I'd rather forget! It was Freddie's first indoor show, and I hadn't anticipated his cocker spaniel nose coming to the fore in amongst the horse muck layden floor. So on the first day we managed 4 runs and 4 Es.
I was determined to do better on the second day, and filled my pockets with Freddie's favourite treats. On his first run he went of sniffing again, and another E.
But I was full of optimism on his second run - there were no weaves so I was very hopeful of a good fast run with no sniffing. And it was, but unfortunately half way round I felt a 'pop' in my left calf and instant pain. I hobbled round the rest of the course, sending Freddie wide of a jump and picking up 5 faults. Then hobbled to the car to put Freddie in and went to find the first aider... And what a lovely lady she is though I can't remember her name. She sorted me out with an ice pack for my leg and a cup of tea for me and I sat a while before heading home and for the hospital. The hospital confirmed I had a torn calf muscle with the only treatment being rest. How long would I be out???
I limped badly for the next couple of weeks, with poor Freddie sat crying at the door on training nights. But thankfully it mustn't have been a bad tear as we were back at training two weeks later, and ok for the Christmas show.
So at least this show taught me a lesson - warm up! I will always make sure to stretch out before setting off in future.