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« Reply #135 on: Jul 19th, 2010, 3:03pm »

Well, after months, or so it seems, of not being able to log on - I have re registered. So arbuckle it is!

Oh goodness, what a shock! Sinnington to go? It makes my non appearance this year even more appalling. I think I may well have to have a private trip up for some Yorkshire healing before it is too late.

I have had three emails telling me what a wonderful time you have all had at Summer Camp. You have no idea how green with envy I have been. Sian tells me she is still swigging arnica and Carole has gone into orbit describing riding bareback and bridleless for the first time. It all sounds fantastic and I cant wait to see the pictures and hear more about how everyone got on.

Did you do badger watching? did anyone see my chap with the Aston Martin and remember me to him? or perhaps he had his other car with him this time. That would be the Ferrari...! This so reminds me of the time that Mr. Al Fayed's No 1 bodyguard, on whom I had a bit of a crush on at the time. Paul invited me to lunch
and I went to get into the Porche 9-11s. There was no way that my pencil skirt was going to stay where it should, so I had to hitch it right up to get in, displaying a large amount of gussett and a pair of industrial sized knickers, when Paul was getting in his side. This supplied the security staff with endless hours of hysterical amusement watching the cctv playback. As it did Paul when they sent him the footage. Happy Days!

H has thrown a splint. He was either kicked or has whacked himself with his dirty great feeters. The upshot of all this is that he has been off work now for a month. We have only been hacking in straight lines at a walk to start with, but now we can add the odd trot on soft ground. What a pity, he is now blemished.

Has Liz recoverd? What has she been eating? There is nothing worse than being poorly away from home. Poor old girl, still gizzard puke is great for weight loss, so there is always an upside.

Come on everyone. Let me have some stories from your week. I need to relive it second hand. tongue

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« Reply #136 on: Jul 20th, 2010, 10:52am »

Hi all!
Yes I am with 'arbuckle' (glad to have you back with another alias!) on this one - please tell us all about summer camp? as I too had an enforced abscence from summer camp this year. I need to vicariously live the camp so pleeease tell us what you did?!
However, arbuckle I've stolen a march on you here grin - I am having a trip up to Sinnington in August for a week! So I'm really looking forward to that - S might even behave himself! rolleyes talking of which I would like to canvas opinions on something I've tried with him - a friend (she does NH of a different variety) suggested that every time S ran at me or barged etc that I use a garden spray bottle directed at whichever part of him (usually teeth or legs!) that was heading my way. I've used it on the 'stream' setting not the spray so as to distinguish between putting on fly repellent and have not squirted him directly so for eg in front of his nose as he tries to wheel in front of me. To say it's had amazing effect is an understatement - he was most perplexed the 1st few times this stream of water appeared from nowhere in front of his nose but it stopped him in his tracks! laugh and for the past week has the been most polite boy - we are both much happier with each other too. He knows I have the bottle (I bought a child's one from asda!) in my pocket but it has helped so much with my timing (I'm still not as quick as him!) to block his naughty behaviour as it is so immediate. I wondered what you would all think of this?
Family news is that my grandaughter will finally have her cast off on 5 Aug and we are all keeping our fingers crossed that it has worked and her hips are firmly where they should be - they were when she had it renewed 3 weeks ago. An added bonus is that they are all coming up to Sinnington with me in August so I can combine horse time and family time - paradise! grin
So please tell us all about summer camp...
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« Reply #137 on: Jul 21st, 2010, 08:51am »

With a 'wounded soldier ' remaining after camp till Mon p m , it is only now theres time to thank everyone who came on the camp - and I hope everyone had a great time. We certainly find it very rewarding , and the positive feed back is quite touching.
As usual C and I were kept very busy, but its an odd feeling when it all stops! What a lovely group of people!We had a mix of 'old hands' and new people/young horses, and the blend seemed to work well. As usual , I missed nearly all of it - indoors giving A T lessons , or giving liberty sessions in the indoor play area. For lunchtimes we began the week with Tai chi, next day a n equine physio came.[ her mum is a side saddle judge and show person - recognised Ben as 'the famous Drummer Boy' , so I was most pleased] We also had Alex showing us fun with balls [ must put a pic of that up!]
On the day off 4 of us went to the Chocolate factory - this is only about 3 miles from us and I hadnt been before! Oh dear , I think I ll be eating even more choc from now on!
We were lucky with the weather , only boiling hot the first day, then cooler but only a tiny few showers.
For those on facebook I ve put 25 pics up on a page that is called 'www.sinningtonmanor'. It should come up on a search on facebook. I set it up last yr , and seemed to lose it! I ll send somre pics to Peter to put up on here, also.

I m not sure about your name 'arbuckle' - are you a male film star with dubious leisure activities? I refuse to associate you with his nickname!! Have you tried anything for the splint? Guinness is being 'painted' with splintex , I suppose its a modern mild blister - is it working - nah, not so far.
All fingers crossed for your granddaughter Vanessa, and we look forward to seeing you in Aug. I think the water spray is a good idea ! I was told something similar for dogs - that cyclists could train bity dogs like that - I guess postmen could too!


Arbuckle alluded to 'no more Sinnington' , and that is true. This has been the last camp here at Sinnington [ therell be no summer finale] beause come the autumn we are on the move. Our new home will be a small farm of 57 acres , a smaller house and hopefully a more managable place all round. Of course it will a wrench leaving here , after 18 years , the farm has looked after us well. One of the kids refuses to talk about it - the younger 2 grew up here and are very fond of it. But it is far too big for us .Our new farm is near Sheriff Hutton , only a mile or so from where we moved in 1992. Once again theres everything to do , from roof to cellar , and the buildings are not very practical. I think the cattle and horses will turn up their noses at the accomodation - but we ll not do too much over the winter , until we finally work out what we need. A huge shed like ours is a luxury that we wont have! But the bonus is a view to York Minster 10 miles away, and the sight of Sheriff castle to the east. At the moment we re trying to enjoy our last summer here and only slowly plan for our new life at Cornborough Grange - not a bad name is it? Perhaps we choose by name -our first was Cheese vat Farm !

But we imagine it ll still be business as usual - C loves the teaching and working with horses. There may be gaps before facilities are made/built/operating but I sincerely hope to see everyone there at some stage! [ yes, theres a cottage - but its very small!]
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« Reply #138 on: Jul 21st, 2010, 6:20pm »

Aaaah. Having just read the life history of one male 19/20th century commedian, I have to agree, that 'Arbuckle' is not the best of choices. Consider the name as more of a modern euphamism for a portly (but well meaning) soul.

Mmmm. Cornborough Grange sounds simply amazing. I had to laugh at the idea that one 'downsizes' to a mere 57 acre farm. Well, whatever pocket handkerchief you end up with will be wonderful - once it has been personalised. I trust it has got the bare essentials. e.g. a menage, stabling and water. An indoor school would be nice too. I can't begin to imagine what a nightmare packing a farm up must be like. It is bad enough with a small house, let alone a Manor house and contents. Keep the gin handy Judith!

I have every sympathy with Liz, as I have got some sort of viral gizzard puke too. Great when one has a shop full of customers.
It has put the jet pipe temperature up to wholly unacceptable levels. Still, that is probably far too much information. I trust we can look forward to calmer days ahead.

York Minster. I had a daystop at Leeds c.1904, (in the days of ICI) and drove to York to have a look at the Minster. My favourite organ music is Vidor Toccata in F, which I had played at my wedding. Anyway, someone happened to be playing the organ when I arrived. I shot up to the organ loft and put in my 'request', which amazingly, was granted. I sat at the back and was lost forever in the astonishingly beautiful and moving piece being played especially for me, surrounded by the depth of sound in such a holy and majestical surroundings. Awesome.

No. H is just getting on with it. No specific remedy was suggested by the Vet, although I have called in a Homeopathic Vet (Chris Day) as patently something is amiss with his immune system. Lots of changes, including his food. He is now on buckets full of green slime. This passes for food, which he seems to thoroughly enjoy. Simple systems is what Im on about, and lots of strange sounding pills that I have to syringe down his neck every day.

Carrots are out and astonishing results from the food change, but more of that some other time. 'Himself' wants his supper, so best go and shift myself about a bit.
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« Reply #139 on: Jul 24th, 2010, 09:21am »

Just wanted to say thank you again to Judith and Charlie. As last year, I had a really fun and informative time. A 'special moment' I will remember was the end of day 2 when I put Poppy back in her pen; she spent the whole time that I was there standing at the entrance to my tent - if the fence hadn't been there I think she would have been sharing my cup of coffee! I really enjoy such moments of connection. She yawned and yawned and yawned smiley

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Poppy was surrounded by the other 3 when I put her back in the field, but within minutes everything was back to normal.

Thank you both smiley

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ps I hope the photo isn't too large.........
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« Reply #140 on: Jul 25th, 2010, 10:41am »

What an amazing picture!

I keep trying to post but it crashes before I can send. Let's see if this can get through.
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We are only doing a little whilst hormones here settle. Duke and B&b pony are bonding well but they have always one fence/ gate between them but they can reach over and do some grooming/ touching/ oral sex


Stepping on things for Duke is the focus - we can do door mat and indeed try to eat that, front half on a pink towel but as it is small not whole body. The fun started with cardboard. What a Nelly! We have got as far as squeezing past it and looking at it from 2 feet away but not even a nose on it yet. I am chunking it down but we shall have our work cut out. I will move on to these things in different places. He is so sweet though that its difficult not to laugh and at his facial expressions.

I am talking about Tilly to a jumping trainer here to get her really going and than I will find a home for her as although George is riding again he is now taller than me and wants to ride Duke!!!!!!!!!!!! I had thought I would ride Whisper with him this summer along with Tilly and be able to really enjoy the 2 mares together but much as they all love Tilly and want me to keep her they only want to do liberty with her and want to ride Duke and Whisper a bit. Vibes hoses give off isn't it? I love riding Tilly but she is so difficult to take anywhere on her own and your own and that hasn't improved.

I adore the picture of you lot and the balls - has everyone seen it? What must it look like to others who wonder what we get up to riding in Yorkshire? I think the piccie of Ann and me laughing as we ride past each other just sums up the camp too.

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« Reply #141 on: Jul 27th, 2010, 4:43pm »

Love your pic, Moya- I tried to 'import ' one here , from my facebook page , but no luck. I ll have to have a lesson on how to do it! And thank you for your kind words - as long as people have enjoyed themselves, whilst learning heaps of stuff , then we ve done our job!

Chris Day was our homeopathic vet for the cows and horses in the late '80s - I think there was hardly any other at that time. Certainly we had some great success stories , so I wish Harry all the best . I wonder if Chris has anything for splints.....

We went to Ryedale show today - as a spectator only , which was quite relaxing. Friends of ours did very[ unexpectedly ]well in various classes so that was good to watch. One friend was showing a horse bred by us , so it was good to her her get a rossette in a very big class.
There was a welsh D very like Tilly - including the fiesty temperament!! I m afrais he misbehaved [ he was entire] and was marked down. But boy could he trot!
Charlie and I had a free health check at the show . I was hoping I d be told off for being overweight [a nd therefore try harder] but as my glucose, cholesterol, and blood pressure so good , my weight was waved aside. Wheres my motivation?! C s nurse was a little more diligent and he should lose some weight , so he s been for a run tonight. I didnt join in....
We have a private clinic fro 4 for the next 2 days. Then a private 1to1 for 3 days , then we go to Dorset to visit family - I m hoping to swim in the sea! It ll be a rest from all the brain work trying to figure out plans for the move!

I hope everyone is enjoying summer riding . The flies have been awful here, but only on the Moors are there still horse flies - as I discovered yest, on a 3 hr hack on my 'steal from a friend' horse Oberon.
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« Reply #142 on: Jul 30th, 2010, 08:56am »

I must say I really got to know all about Duke during the holiday and particularly these last couple of days at home.

He doesn't like to deal with new things on his right eye and tries to get round behind you. I have just placed an order to borrow 2 tractor tyres for the rest of the summer and for a 8x4 sheet of solid hardboard. This work is good for Tilly too but Whisper just ambles over and does it all with a look of disdain at the others!!!! She went straight into the new trailer and liked it.

Duke has progressed to walking down the ramp calmly having stood in it for treats but is jumping in still.

Finally, I have started to talk to studs about Tilly to re-home her in the right place and had an assessment done on her yesterday by a lovely young lady who agreed not a child's pony but well up to the breed standard. I feel quite sad and I know Freya will be cross but her hormones are not settling down so the chances of taking her to things this summer are very slim and she needs to get out more.

I am raring to get out there again and do more homework - the ball is a great success btw, but horrid paper work and laundry call.

How is everyone doing?
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« Reply #143 on: Aug 13th, 2010, 2:03pm »

Everyone is being very quiet! I did try to post on here just before we went away, ut lost the lot! I hope Alex, that you manage to find a home for Tilly.These hormonal mares seem a mystery to me - in the wild I suppose they breed every year anyway, so its not an issue? Is breeding , say a couple of foals helpful , or not? [ And of course even 1 foal can be enough to beggar up the ligaments for riding]
We have had a hors free time in Dorset - cycling, eating too well post peddle, visiting villages, Salisbury, Dorchester etc , and yes, swam in the sea at Lulworth.
On the way down, though, we stopped off to see a friend , whose horse breeding is now out of control. 16 foals las t year . we saw 10 from this year - not sure where others were, but there are more.Its too easy to aquire horses this way....... made us glad we have stopped breeding.
On the coast near Weymouth the rain falls rarely- it sweepa across onto the downland. Therefore my sister in laws fields hadnt seen rain since april[ until we appeared!] and there wasnt a blade of green grass. Horses and cattle down there are being supplimentary fed. No laminitis!
We willhave to buy in straw this year , from the oat fields of our new farm- very expensive. and of course it isnt stopping raining . We need to get straw off to sow grass , or there will be no fodder next year......lots to think about!
How is everyones summer going?
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« Reply #144 on: Aug 16th, 2010, 12:18pm »

Hello all!
well I'm having a strange old summer (is it still summer- the weather feels positively autumnal)! My grandaughter's situation is good news so far - pot off and brace on - hips still in place! Hurrah! Another 12 weeks with the brace being worn for reducing times after a 6 week check. She's being such an adaptable little soul but it is lovely to see her legs at least and she can kick from the knee down.
I have been made redundant - again! The coalition govt has cut the funding - end of job. Just a bit in limbo as currenetly I am supposedly at 'risk of redundancy' and in a consultation period - not yet had the notice served but forbidden to do any work! A very peculiar place to be!
S is being his usual self - one day he is the model of good behaviour and the next he is being his stubborn, feisty alter ego! His groundwork is much better and to handle he is generally good but his ridden work leaves an enormous amount to be desired! Thank goodness we are heading up to Sinnington at the weekend!Hopefully we can have a good old sort out!
Summer camp news was lovely to hear and I absolutely adore the pic of Poppy - Moya that pic is gorgeous and speaks volumes of a great connection with you. Sounds like you all had a fantastic time. Dare I broach the question - will there be a summer camp next year? and if so - where?
Alex - have you made any progress finding a place for Tilly? Pregnancy can calm feisty mares - my own mare (S's Mum) was so chilled and tranquil throughout her pregnancy and right up to weaning and then she reverted to her usual witchy self with everyone except her son - she still indulged him even after he was weaned! and she passed on some of her least desirable traits! or maybe it was having an indulgent, stubborn and dominant dam that played its part in shaping his personality! It's a tough call...
Judith - your break in Dorset sounds most relaxing - holidays are for indulging yourself I think! and pleased to hear you did get the swim in the sea. Lulworth is such a delightful bay - it was blowing a gale when I saw it a few summers ago so no swimming for me! BTW how are the cattle doing? Forage is a big problem everywhere this year - we have been warned to take extra safety precautions to protect our hay, haylage and straw from thieves and to brace ourselves for a big hike in cost! angry One yard near to me has just seen a rise of 8 in straw rolls from their supplier. There's always lots to think about where livestock are concerned and on top of that, you have to pack everything up and move to another farm - a mommoth undertaking!
Anyhow, I hope everybody is at least managing to get horse time in, between the rainy days which seem most prevalent! What's everbody been doing post summer camp?
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« Reply #145 on: Aug 24th, 2010, 6:03pm »

Teaching Vanessa some liberty has reminded me that I could be doing some with our horses! I v ebeen troubled with sciatica since our visit to Dorset , so havent ridden. Today I did liberty with Wills and Guinness. With Wills its a question of not letting him go into whiz-around- the -arena , and keep canging direction and doinf slow careful movements - that is a mental challenge for him. Guinness had only done a couple of sessions , as I didnt want him trotting in the small arena while he was still growing. WE worked on getting looseness in the poll, as his habit is still to be a bit unbending , although generally sane and obediant. Theres so much that can be done at liberty!
Did everyone watch Martin Clunes' programme ? I thought the explanations of horse phycology were clear and spot on. I hope 'traditional' riders learned something!

Charlie had a good demo at markington , although the centre itself is no longer the huge operation it was. Charlie used to go there for lessons with 'The Baron' [ Baron von Blixen-Fineke] and also with jane Bartle. There are no students now - such a shame , as IMHO studnts learning at the so called colleges get little real idea of working in the horse world .
Charlie has a clinic at Tranwell near Morpeth this Saturday.
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« Reply #146 on: Sep 4th, 2010, 3:57pm »

Summer 'down South' - post holiday 'up North' smiley

In-between various family commitments, I have managed a few horsey special times, including a trip to Holkham beach. Poppy is lovely to take there (I think she's been 4 times now). She has always walked straight into the sea. The first time I was leading her as a three year old and my boots were filled with sea water. Nice squelchy memory! Not trying to 'rub in' the photo thing - but here's one of that first trip to the sea with Poppy smiley

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I have done a little in hand work with Pippin and also a session of liberty after a long break; we lost the plot about 10 weeks ago when she realised that I couldn't control the whole of the back garden. I was going to tape off a smaller area, but just haven't got round to it! However she was good and didn't have a tantrum - or try to leave without permission - although I know she is still challenging me because when she comes in, she does so from behind, rather than allowing me to draw her in to my front. She is a very animated pony and is full of energy and questions!

Poppy has settled in well after the clinic. I had not realised the extent to which she gets upset when she doesn't understand what is being asked. It is simply that she doesn't understand; its too easy to read grumpiness as lack of co-operation when in fact with her it's not often the case. The recent issue has been getting her to yield her front sideways when ridden. She seemed to understand from the ground, but it was difficult to get the first 'soft' sideways step mounted. She became quite unsettled on my first attempts, but when she eventually did 'get it' she was so relieved and so was I smiley

The horses/ponies have started to grow thicker coats and 'mud' is more often on my mind!

I remember sitting in the tent doorway, with Poppy standing just in front of me, the pan of water just coming to the boil............ sigh
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« Reply #147 on: Sep 7th, 2010, 4:24pm »

Thats a lovely picture , Moya! I m glad Poppy is doing well - what a lovely kind pony she is!
For C and mine's 29 wedding anniversary we had a short cruise to 3 scandanavian cities. While we saw no horsey stuff in Copenhagen or Gotenburg [exept statues], we found ourselves, in Oslo, watching the mounted police there giving sit-on-board-once-round-the-school rides to schoolchildren! We were in the citys'old castle, so to find the policehorses there was a bonus. Cant imagine UK policemen leting the public having a sit on the horses!T he horses were of warmblood type - withordinary continental tack- obligatory flash nosebands! Have to say the riders looked like dressage riders in costume , rather than serving officers!
Im detemined to ride soon whether or not the sciatica gets worse - I need a riding fix!
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« Reply #148 on: Sep 16th, 2010, 10:14am »

Yes, fabulous shot Moya smiley Actually, Moya, I wrote to you a week or so ago, please can you write to me as I wonder if I used the correct email address? thanks
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« Reply #149 on: Sep 17th, 2010, 1:54pm »

Not much activity on the forum at the moment! I expect it is because everyone is working hard on their horsemanship.

What a strange summer with the weather and the horsing did not follow the agreed plan, surprise surprise.

Duke duly came home from camp and the hormone levels in Clavering upset NASA I think. Barricades became the order of the day but needless to say Whisper thought she knew better and spent the summer with a very nasty leg injury as she got herself wrapped in the electric fencing. I have just started her back in work but on-line and I must say she is going very well. Tilly remains a challenge and I gave up riding her whilst Duke was there but again she has re-started and I am really concentrating on the work I saw at Heuschmann.

Duke is just such a poppet and I had a good time this summer cracking trailer loading and fiddling about with him and obsticles. Lots of fun and we discoverd quickly that he will do most things if our dog Wizard did it first! The leaping inand out of the trailer lasted a bit but that is sorted now.

This evening I have signed up for a quadrille training which I haven't done before - what will they make of me doing it on a long contact?! grin
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