Well January turned out to be quite challenging. Following a blood test my horses liver functions were abnormal a complete shock as to what and why this had happened. Following great support from Saracen feeds, Alltech and my amazing vet all horses are now back to normal. You just never know, and the source of the issue was not obvious taking a massive process of illumination. I was advised during my squad sessions to keep all batch numbers tedious I thought but well worth it. I gave these to Saracens and they investigated it straight away and came back to me the same day to reassure me these batches had been tested and were clear. They also provided me with great advice on what to feed to minimize strain on the liver. Supplement wise I only use Bettalife products so again very lucky that I can be confident on what I feed. I plan to get some BETTALife® PharmaPLAST ordered next to help give them a boost back some very lucky spoilt pony’s. Now after another check all horses are on top form and feeling better than ever. I am blessed to have an amazing dedicated vet Pauline Williams whom goes above and beyond and makes me feel like my horses are the most important horses. Credit also goes to NFU Siobhan was amazing sorting my claims and helping me though a stressful time working out dates times which horse had what much needed help with my dyslexia and short-term memory.

Since limited schooling had been going on early January, I wanted to see how Briar felt out so took her to a qualifier at Epping forest. Highly recommend this venue for their real friendliness. It was such a shame the heavy flash flood caused a rather boggy flooded surface so sensible head came out and I held her back so as not to lose balance or slip. Despite this I was rather pleased with a 69% a few lovely summer points and a trip out pre-winter champs. The best thing of all was the 3 hr trip each way and competing hadn’t dampen her sparkle and so championship entries are now in for Myerscough and looking forward to meeting up with Team BETTALife®.
Sad to say I wasn’t successful with my podium potential application but received super feed back to help me stay on the right track. So lovely to hear that they believe I have medal potential with my homebred Ninja and they would like me to gain more 3* experience. Watch this space for a continental theme soon. Now my sights are firmly set on the podium potential pathway being held in March, but first its of to the winter champs.

Marcelle Ward