Anthea Gunner, Para Equestrian Paralympian


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The Winter Slog

Posted by Anthea Gunner on August 9, 2015 at 2:40 AM

As I sit here watching it try to snow (and fail so far!) it’s exciting to think that its ‘nearly’ spring (3 weeks and counting) although we have been lucky (??!! ) this winter has been relatively dry, although that doesn’t bode well for summer if it is this dry in August!

We have managed to dodge most of the winter weather, other than some spectacular frosts so far although trying to bring Brian back into work after his holiday has been slow going after battling a bad cold for a few weeks.

Still my feet have healed beautifully after surgery in June and I now have straight little toes that no longer cause my feet and legs to spasm if they don’t like my shoes. It’s made a big difference and now when I ride that’s one less thing to try and bugger up my balance! They healed much quicker than anticipated, being back in the saddle 4 weeks after my surgery although I have been taking it very quietly.

Brian has also been to see the eye specialist as he has had a sore eye for quite a while and treatments we have tried haven’t seemed to fix the problem. Still after the visit we have a plan and I’m pleased to say it has improved and he is much more comfortable! And I have to say of all the horses I have ever had to put eye drops in he is hands down the best – 2x a day for nearly 2 months and not once has he been at all difficult. He is such a dude – also having his eye consult in the float outside the vet’s practice!

Brian’s work has been very good, we have been doing lots of lunging teaching him to stretch and be straight through his body – which has been tricky as he very much likes to be crooked! We have also added trotting poles to his regime which he thought was really fun and hopefully if we can get some nice weather at the weekend get back out for a hack at the river.

I’ve also been busy judging and coaching and am really chuffed with my clients achievements, whether they are out competing or working towards competing, it’s a real buzz to see them making such good progress and experiencing those light bulb moments!

With not a lot else on the go we are working towards being back out competing mid to late September and working on setting my goals for the upcoming summer season!

Keep warm and stay safe

Till next time,

Anthea & Brian


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