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Road to London: Boyd Martin, Part 2

We are nine days away from opening ceremonies, and we continue to work away on the horses’ preparation for the Olympics.

After the horses galloped on Friday, they had a day off Saturday, and Boyd and I took the afternoon to enjoy some sightseeing in Cheltenham. As great as it is to have constant supervision of the horses and attention to all the details in the barn, it was a great relief to spend an afternoon off the farm doing things that “normal” people do.

On Sunday, Boyd did some light flatwork on the horses. They all looked wonderful, soft and supple as they took the opportunity to stretch their legs after their day off.

Lauren Hough, show jumping coach, was with us on Monday. All of the horses jumped really well as they worked on rideability between fences in a series of courses. Lauren always seems to have so many insightful suggestions and does a good job of keeping the number of jumps jumped to a minimum, in order to keep the horses happy and healthy.

Yesterday, we went to a dressage schooling show. Many Olympic teams were using this schooling show as their final dressage preparation in the ring before the Olympics. It was fun to see our neighbors, the Canadians, out there schooling their tests. It looks like they have some strong horse and rider pairs and it seems that their preparation has been strong. Christian Landholt was judging and will also be judging at the Olympics, so it was a great opportunity to get the horses in the ring in front of him and allow the riders a chance to go back to the farm to study his comments and suggestions in the coming week leading up to the Games.

The horses gallop again today, then the riders and grooms are headed to London for Ambassador Training and Team Processing. I’m off to take the horses out for a handgraze now. Neville and Otis have both been very wild during their hand grazing—a result of being fighting fit with limited turnout. Wish me luck!

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5 comments on “Road to London: Boyd Martin, Part 2
  1. Zhi Zhu says:

    “The horses, the horses, the horses”??? Don’t any of “the horses” have names? Maybe it’s just me, but I think dressage and other equestrian events are a team sport, with the horse being one member of the team of horse and rider. Could you please include the names of “the horses” in future articles? I would really appreciate it.

    • Zhi Zhu says:

      OOPS! I meant this to be a comment on your first article which doesn’t mention any horses by name. I just noticed that at the end of this article, you do mention Neville and Otis by name. My apologies.

  2. Jenna says:

    Well done Lindsey! Anyone who knew you, would know you put your heart and soul into each individual horse. Any horse would be lucky to be in your expert care. Proof is in the fantastic results. Eventing is without doubt, the ultimate “team sport”.

  3. Cindy says:

    I love the stories, and Backstage pass!!! Please keep up the hard work, and good luck!!!!!! 🙂 🙂

    • SmartPak SmartPak says:

      Thanks Cindy! We will be heading to London, so be sure to check in with us during the Games for additional daily coverage!

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