“What a treat it was on Friday 15th July! A visit to the RDA National Championships for the para showjumping, plus the chance to meet up with Sarah Cumner from Global Herbs and introduce Milton. It was useful to show Sarah how Evie warmed up and explain how we manage her issues (lower leg weakness for which she is classified) as well as bowel, bladder and gastro. Initially some lengthening and shortening to encourage Milton to respond, but not to let her canter become flat. We needed a sharper, shorter canter to jump successfully. Evie looked too much like a passenger initially but as soon as we popped a couple of practice jumps inside we found the approach we were looking for. Evie can’t cope with long spells of warming up so currently has to break it up and drink plenty of fluids (prescription shakes and water) to cope with her constant sickness.
Once Evie and Milton entered the ring the partnership rose to the occasion – it was hard to tell who loved it more. Delivering a clear followed by a fast jump off to take the lead which they held on to. The grade III senior para showjumping is a competitive sector so it was a dream to achieve a win!
We had stopped on the way to Hartpury to discuss Evie’s medical management (via telephone appointment). It was agreed to admit her on Monday for tube feeding. Following some worrying symptoms after she’d ridden, the wonderful medics on site checked her hydration and bloods (as hospital now said they weren’t happy with her travelling 7 hours home).
It was a truly memorable weekend with good company – hilarious to see Sarah taking selfies with Milton when left alone!
The plan now is to successfully manage Evie’s nutrition and ensure she can continue riding as soon as possible – something all her consultants are in agreement with thankfully.”