Train In the Rain

Poor Daisy.

It was drizzling in a non-stop Shetland way and she has to train her horse, Kappi.

Bjørn Roar Larsen, Daisy’s trainer, and I drove in the car to watch Daisy train her Icelandic horse, Kappi, on the straight road.

Before we arrived, Daisy had been warming up Kappi for a while and then Bjørn gave her instruction on the gaits and transitions.

(I liked the backdrop)

Both horse and rider worked hard.  From now on, it is all about getting Kappi fit.  Seriously fit.

In June, we go south for the Icelandic Horse British Championships so they have to be ready.

Daisy and Kappi are training hard.

It is not easy, in Shetland for either of them.  We do not have an oval track (the nearest is over 400 miles away) and it is nearly impossible for horse/rider to go south or go abroad to compete.

But still they train and they can only do their best, when the time comes.  I drove alongside Daisy and Kappi while Bjørn shouted instructions to them.  In Iceland, they have separate parallel riding tracks to the roads.  In Shetland, we are on single track roads with me trying not to either drive into the ditch or run the horse over!  Not easy I can tell you.

9 thoughts on “Train In the Rain

  1. Judith Garbutt

    Kappi moves beautifully! How are the horses judged at the championships, Frances? Are the qualities of the pace a significant factor?

  2. Vicki

    Agreed, it doesn’t look easy at all. Is the indoor ring too small for the type of training required? They look good, for what i’ts worth.

  3. Shelley

    Is an oval track the same as a thoroughbred race track? Would it be prohibitive to create one- or too expensive?

    1. Frances Post author

      I shudder to think at the cost tbh. It would be a digger, membrane, fill with sand, fencing kind of job of a very large flat area.


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