INSHOWJUMPERS IN ISOLATION

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INSHOWJUMPERS IN ISOLATION

- TIM WILKS - 

This week we caught up with Canadian Show Jumper and Moore EQ brand ambassador Tim Wilks, he fills us in on what isolation is like at the INshowjumpers barn in Henley-on-Thames and how he is coping with the lockdown.
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Honestly, I consider myself extremely lucky and quite privileged in these unprecedented times compared to many people, the horses have really been a saving grace. However life has obviously changed considerably over the last few weeks, I can't remember the last time that I have been at home for such a long period without travelling to and from competitions etc. Much to my surprise, I am actually really enjoying settling down and getting into a 'normal person' routine - whatever that may entail! Not having to rush around from one place to the next whilst living out of a suitcase etc is starting to become the norm. I'm also sure the horses are enjoying some well earned downtime in the fields!
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I've had no problem keeping myself busy - I am currently studying for a business management degree at the 'Open University' and, for once, I am actually up to date with all of my uni work (long may it continue!). During my downtime I enjoy working out, so between my Personal Trainer, Physio and I we composed a training program to help improve my overall fitness and work on my riding related weaknesses (also my pizza eating weakness). I figured now is an excellent time to work on one's self, both physically and mentally; so I try to practise 'mindfulness' once a day using an app called 'Headspace'.
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In respect to my horses and their work regime, they have all been given a quieter time whilst still trying to maintain their fitness and conditioning. I try to keep them out of the arena as much as possible because we usually spend a lot of time in there exercising and training. I think it is essential to vary their work to ensure that they are happy and enjoying working together. At the moment we have been doing lots of hacking in the woods, hill work, fieldwork and some small gymnastic exercises.
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I can't wait for everything to get up and going again, I miss the competitions, travelling and seeing all of my friends. However, right now I am embracing the unusual quiet time and making the most of it; so when we eventually return back to normality my horses and I are ready to hit the ground running.
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Photograph by Equisportif

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