Chaotic Tuesday …

So Tuesdays are always a little chaotic. Mum collects us from school on her way home from work at 3.20pm and my sister has her riding lesson in Desert Palm at 4pm. Normally it takes about 25 minutes to get home so there is just about time to drop off her friend Bobbie who does a car share with us, grab our riding kit and go again to be in Desert Palm at 4pm. We were on track until…

We have 5 dogs all of which have been rescued off the street over many years, most have been seriously injured or harmed and we have nursed them back to health and rebuilt their trust, unfortunately we have one dog (Fudge) that none of the other dogs like and he lives in a fenced area so they don’t attack him, yesterday evening it would appear that the maintenance man had left the gate open, so as we arrived all the dogs including Fudge ran to meet us at the gate which resulted in a huge dogfight. We only have a 3-minute turn around time, to get back out. We all leapt on the dogs and with some difficulty separated them.

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Mum and Kitty got changed and raced back out the door, I stayed as I had homework to do and also I wanted to check that Fudge was ok. He had a nasty bite on his chest, so I cleaned it with betadine and put him on a comfy cushion, got out my homework which was really hard maths and I had no idea how to start so I had some supper and waited for Mum to return from Kitty’s riding lesson. I needed Mums to help me do my maths get me to my riding lesson but most importantly check that Fudge would be ok.

Mum and Kitty arrived home at 5.30pm and Mum said that Fudge was going to need to go to the vet, I also had to go riding at Dujumping stables as I have a competition tomorrow in Al Habtoor and as I fell off yesterday it is really important that I ride tonight. Mum phoned the vet who said to bring Fudge up as an emergency, luckily Dad came home so Dad and Kitty took Fudge to vet, where he needed some stitches, and Mum and I headed to the stables. Dad and Kitty would make themselves supper when they got in and Mum will eat later.

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I had a really good ride on B and felt confident even after my fall yesterday. The stables were a bit hectic as there were a group of young people collecting 1 million signatures for the Rulers Birthday there. I ran through my dressage routine and then Mum realised that as this was a National Show and not a training show we would need the correct outfit so at 9pm we were heading to the mall in the hope of pulling together a dressage outfit. By 10pm I was in bed but Mum still had work to do, she had to design a roll up for an event at the stables next month which needed to be with the printers tomorrow and she still had to do some administration for the new business she is working on.  Tomorrow I have to be at the show by 5pm. I will update you if all the chaos and rushing and hard work of yesterday was worth it.

Wish me luck – I will update you tomorrow.

First blog post

Hi I am Mikey Harries and at the age of 13 I decided to try horse riding, in June I had my first lesson and in October Mum and Dad have bought me my first horse.  This blog is to document my journey in training and competing as I hopefully improve over the next few months.

I live in Dubai and I am really lucky to have a great trainer Declan Cosgrove and we have stabled our horse called Borina or B for short at the beautiful Dujumping stables near Mushriff Park. My sister who is 11 has ridden for about 18 months but has stopped for a while after a few bad falls so we are all hoping she will find her confidence quickly and ride again.

I know that none of this will be easy and I expect lots of bumps on the way. Please join me and my family as we all learn the hard way about owning and riding a new horse.