It has not exactly gone to plan....
Well, the first three months went brilliantly and then I came off. With one thing and another we haven't managed to get completely back on track since. I am still suffering with my back from the fall despite my pelvis healing a long time ago. After endless physio appointments, many sessions at the back clinic and finally a referral, at last I have an MRI scan booked which I hope will answer some questions.
The weather this winter hasn't helped either of course but I think we did quite well to carry on through the dark rainy months with our training with Andrew J Murphy and fitness work. I was excited to be planning a trip to Holland in January to compete at the lovely Genemuiden CPEDI3* venue but just 10 days before we were due to catch the ferry, Skye showed signs of discomfort. It wasn't immediately obvious where that was coming from so Holland had to be scrapped.
And now it feels like we have drifted through February and into March, all the while looking for an explanation of why Skye "just wasn't quite right". He wasn't lame...
Of course, first we eliminated all the obvious possibilities, and then the more obscure. He had some physio, some time off, some more investigations, some more physio. The vets have narrowed it down to his poll area and now he is having laser treatment!
Back in January my plan B was to go to Waregem, Belgium in April. It is a lovely well organised show and an easy journey from Calais. Sadly Skye has lost too much time in work now to be able to make that trip and the disruptions being caused by the Coronavirus will most probably see the competition cancelled due to the increased travel restrictions being imposed daily.
So no plan C for now... just to get Skye fit again and take each day as it comes. The weather is reluctantly improving and the days are very definitely getting longer.. the clocks go back soon and spring must surely be just around the corner?
Hopefully we will soon be back on that journey together!!