So I started back here a few weeks ago now, as a few of you are aware I was at the practice this time last year, leaving in January 2016 as Jessica came back.
Since then, I have been living and working in the lovely Derbyshire doing both small animal and equine work and picking up new skills that will hopefully help me out back here. Whilst I was away I managed to get enticed into stud work, which has now become an interest of mine that I hope to gain more knowledge and confidence in (Dave, watch your back!) and I also found I really enjoyed true emergency work. The main reason for this was rolling around in a ditch with a few firemen (who wouldn’t like their job that day?!) trying to free a horse that had fallen in and couldn’t get itself out. Unfortunately that ditch was full of brambles and I came out looking like a tree urchin and scared half the crew away! The horse was fine and made a full recovery thankfully, I will never be able to look at a fireman again!
Whilst in Derbyshire I started riding endurance horses for a client, which was painful but brilliant. Since coming back to Lancashire I have welcomed a little project horse into the mad family, who I hope will accompany me on some endurance rides next year once she is backed and we both improve our fitness. Lady is a skewbald TB x trotter so I hope she has the qualities to get me through! I have moved back home to the parents, who are of course delighted (or not?!) to have me, but I am in the long process of trying to buy a house. Unfortunately as a first time buyer I cannot afford that million dollar mansion with the swimming pool, stables and school that we all crave in an idyllic setting! Sucks to be me right?! So, like music to my parents’ ears, I might be there for a while with my two crazy dogs.
Hopefully I will see you all at some point and I am so glad to be back here, it almost feels as though I have never been away. For those I have seen, thank you for being patient whilst I have adjusted back to practice life at Aldington's.