I’m having a lazy day today. I’m still not dressed or washed! Well, it’s not as if I’m going anywhere, so why not?
When I worked and trained in a stables in Exeter, getting to work was easy. I only had to walk out of the caravan I lived in and down a short path to the stables. So much easier when you have to work in nasty weather like snow. Then, you don’t have to worry about travelling to and from work, getting snowed in or getting stuck in the rush hour. Of course it meant I was on-hand to do late night watering and it always seemed to be my turn.
Luckily, Exeter wasn’t the kind of place to get a lot of snow fall, so I mainly had to deal with cold weather and ice. But, even then, I don’t remember having any problems with the yard becoming an ice-skating rink. It’s been so cold recently that pooled water on the WWS-yard iced over, so it is a never ending job, sweeping as much water off the yard as possible to avoid accidents.
I’m steadily working towards My Horse Owner’s Certificate Level 4, and it’s going okay. I say okay, because I still have to remember a lot of what I’ve been taught. I do find some things easier to remember than others such as medical issues, riding and certain aspects of stable management. I think I will have a problem when I have to remember the lengths of the different parts of the intestine, what gets digested and absorbed there and the feeding ratios based on height and weight of the horse. Argh, too many numbers! I was never good at maths.
I have a number of equestrian magazines to hand which often features articles about topics such as these so that helps to have additional research material. For this section of the course, I’m going to need a horse for ageing and a horse to work out a feeding quota for. I also need a horse with remedial shoeing but will have to seek that out with the help of an image on Google.
I’ve still got one section of the course to go and then I will have to think about taking the exam. I think that involves paying for an examiner to come down to the stables to test me. Fingers crossed, I’ll be okay.