So, here’s what happened.
The Saturday tölt was not a success.
Kappi had a horrible stiff pacey rolling tölt which was very sad. Daisy and Bjørn (her trainer) had tried their best but it was quickly very obvious that Kappi had found the long trip (14 hours on the boat, plus another 12 travelling to England) very hard going. Next time, we will send him with a horse transporter a week early.
This was a family event – Floss (my youngest) had just finished her four year university course and came to join us.
But you can’t make a horse do what he can’t do and Kappi struggled from all the travelling plus the weather – it was instantly more than 10 degrees than what he was used to.
Dear Kappi did his very best but it was not enough.
Daisy/Kappi were in two classes – the advanced tölt class (T1) and then a four gait class (walk, trot, slow tölt and fast tölt and canter).
Ok, slow and fast tölt were not brilliant but Daisy and Kappi achieved an amazing 7.5 (out of 10) for their walk. That is fairly incredible in anyone’s book.
So that is how Saturday went. Not brilliant but things we learned – Kappi needs time to acclimatise and it is a false economy to rush things. I feel bad for Daisy and Kappi. I let them down but it won’t happen again.
Family motto – whatever it takes – quicquid capit – 不惜一切代價