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« Reply #15 on: Dec 3rd, 2009, 2:20pm »

Yes, but you would not like it!
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« Reply #16 on: Dec 4th, 2009, 5:04pm »

You cant not tell us!
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« Reply #17 on: Dec 6th, 2009, 5:20pm »

Hi
Well I wish I was hibernating but just going through a pretty rough time! - my 2 month old grandaughter will have to have a general anaesthetic for an investigative camera down her throat (due to breathing problems) plus another aneasthetic to inject dye into her hips as she has hip dysplasia - the harness the medics tried didn't work and they will have to operate or manipulate the hips into the right position, we are all very worried about her. Then my husband has been ill and is out of work and just to round it all off I have a new employer who is bullying and discriminating! Life is oh so stressful and not very festive!
My ponies are just having an easy life, wallowing in mud by day and tucked up in a cosy stable at night. I did find time to do some online work with S - amazingly he was a good boy and only pulled a face once - doing what I asked of him. Think he was in shock!
I had my equine dentist visit yesterday and I broached the subject of doing a talk at summer camp 2010 - he said - YES most definitely! I said he could demo on S ( who wasn't the perfect patient but not too bad! just tried one barge!) and he laughed - apparently at the dental school in Idaho (where he goes annually to update skills and do a spot of tutoring) when an appaloosa comes in, all the senior dentists dissolve away or have much more pressing tasks to do as the good old appys are renowned for their stubborness & bolshyness! Can't imagine that for one minute! So if everyone would like a session on equine dentistry in the summer, I have a willing person! He said I can just e mail him dates etc so if everyone would be interested, I'll e mail Judith & Liz directly with more info.
The herbs/aromatherapy sounds a good one too and I'm definitely up for a chocolate tasting session! Did someone mention dressage to music in an earlier post? as that would be fun too. I'm intrigued by the 'unsaid' suggestion of H's - come on do tell us.... Roll on summer and happier times!
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« Reply #18 on: Dec 8th, 2009, 07:48am »

Oh you poor old girl you. Life really is treating you unkindly at the moment. I am particuarly thinking of your granddaughter. Explaining things to small children is rather like trying to tell horse, that was is about to happen is going to be good for them in the long run. They just don't understand and that is what is so upsetting. Is the op going to happen before Christmas? Keep us posted Vanessa.

Husband will find work in time, but this does not help you now, but what you can do is to stand up to the bullying and c**p that is going on at work. This makes me absolutely livid. Picking on someone who is vulnerable and in need of support is completely dispicable. This person needs taking out. Presumably there must be others this is happenning to as well. What about going collectively to the Human Remains Department and telling them what is going on? Better still, write a dispassionate and precise letter to HR detailing specific times and instances and sign it collectively. The system should work.

All that apart, I am glad you are finding time to work with Himself. Very levelling and gives the brain time out from all the anxt going on.

I think that most people are struggling, if that is any comfort. My old boy's Company is not doing well at all. (A German human cremator manufacturer). My retirement income has dwindled to nothing, thanks to HBOS and Lloyds Bank and I have had to take a part time job in a saddlery to help with the feed bills this winter.

The one great thing though, is that we still have our health. A bit rickety though it may be, at least we can still all function on a reasonable level, unlike your granddaughter, so there is much to be grateful for.

My suggestion for an evening was going to be (predicatably) risque. I was going to come up with a night hitting the hotspots of Pickering where the North Yorkshire equivallent of the Chippendales could combine their act with a chocolate fountain and a spot of interactive aromatherapy - all it requires is a little imagination to suit all our needs. Well perhaps not Charlies, but you can't have everything!

Heaps of love to you all hx
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« Reply #19 on: Dec 8th, 2009, 09:17am »

Our thoughts are with you - what a crumby time you re having, Vanessa, and all hopes that your granddaughter gets better. I think I told you about Our Rich and his Perthes problem aged 5 - his hip joints cracked , and one disintegrated completely. he was very lucky , being a fit lad his muscles 'looked after' his joint while it re grew. Small children do have the time to re grow wonky joints - so I am hoping granddaughtergrows through this and is ok.
I think taildragger is right , do not let a bully get you down.
There must be workplace help to stop bullying? Keep in touch - we ll all support you!

Hmmm, I dont think Pickering has an equivalent of the Chippendales - or perhaps it has and I just havent heard about it! Equine dentist sounds good.

Our youngsters are all still progressing nicely- today Inca will be ridden by a friend of ours, just to give her experience of the outside world [ I didnt want to do it!] Guiness is fine about being ridden , but the long reining has made him lean on the bit . Lots of softening still to do. He s nearly ready for me to sit on , says C!
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« Reply #20 on: Dec 8th, 2009, 6:58pm »

I'm interested. Why would long lining him make G lean on the bit? I have never done any long lining so forgive the crass question if indeed it is one.

Nearly ready to sit on eh? well, who is going to do it first? How jolly exciting. I think I would need a tub full of magnesium washed down with a bucket or two of gin first! How is he settling in his new home? has he overcome his initial trauma of not loading or is he still worried?


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« Reply #21 on: Dec 8th, 2009, 8:08pm »

Vanessa, I can sympathise with what you are all going through with your granddaughter. freya was a close call at 3 years with a deadly strain of chickenpox. At the time she went down hill so fast she did not know anything but it was the after effects and seeing the little mite needing invasive treatment that I found harder than the initial crisis. 2 years ago she had to have her tonsils out and I found the hospital experience with her bringing it all back. I was given a hand puppet show by a not very close friend at the time but she became close as it was fantastic for Freya's recupperation and I spent many contorted hours behind it talking as Sooty and Sweep. I found Freya would talk about her experiences to them even though we didn't think she was needing too.

Back to horses.

I wrote a long update last week which has been lost in the ether it seems. I ahve had a chequered couple of weeks with Duke, which I expected in a way. It seems he may be allergic to the hay so is now on haylaege. I am able to ride in a halter and horseman reins and am having between 1 and 3 pole session a week on him. I have seen alot of improvements and of course a waking up of other things! I had a good day on friday with him at liberty followed by a first good dat lunging. His back is so much intransition that he is very vulnerable but wow so exciting. I have his phodisky saddle arriving on monday to be fitted very timely.

Tonight I worked him in hand but before a German Trainer had been giving lessons nad she pounced on him. It is a good job that I know he is awork in progress as she gave a 15 mins masterclass to a few of us on Lusitanos and mine in particular. Mainly his drawbacks. However she did some physio on him to demonstrate how he should be changed but showing the nice girl in the yard who had just had a lesson not really me. I was just the holder of the horse. I luckily know he needs things changing so wasn't too upset and perhaps she realised this... I can't bear to list his faults she pointed out but non came as a surprise.

I worked him in hand with 1 of the other liveries riding who at the end said I could ride his horse sometimes and have a lesson on him when he is working which is exciting as he is working to the same type of programme. I also have an offer to hack out with someone else which is really nice for Duke.

Tilly is still on Hols and enjoying it. I shall start some work again over christmas but I think I will work on going out in hand for walks with family and dogs to expand her horizons and then tacked so I can get on when we are on a bridleway.

Guiness sounds as if he is going to be a real good 'un - how lovely. Getting on the first time is a mile stone isn't it?

Are you still riding Whisper at all?

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« Reply #22 on: Dec 9th, 2009, 07:38am »

Alex: ALL horses have their faults. Your Vet will have pointed most of them out to you (and if he didnt then you can bet that Charlie would have done so! rolleyes) and you can see other faults yourself as time goes on. As long as it does not affect his performance for what you want to do with him, then other people's opinions are completely irrellevent and should be put to bed in your own mind once and for all.

The greatest picture to remember is Sophie on Yarra. A really unattractive horse with poor conformation, and just look what she can do with her. Poetry in motion. Not only that but she beat the National Champion on her first ever time out. How absolutely amazing is that?

So the faults of the horse were overridden by the equisite partnership, elevated riding and empathy that exists between those two that turned a less than perfect horse into a prima ballerina with knobs on.

Concentrate on the really wonderful things. Duke will have inbuilt springs in his hocks, a natural bearing and bags of personality and presence. Things that most people would die for!

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« Reply #23 on: Dec 9th, 2009, 4:22pm »

Also, Alex , [ apart from echoing taildragger]the german trainer will be a warmblood fan with her eye used to that conformation, and the Iberians are so different. However, they are well made to carry a rider , being up hill naturally[ read Hempfling - a great fan] His conformation is certainly not 'weak' or will affect the work he gets - so dont worry!
I rode Whisper today - Charlie was riding Inca and this was the first time the pair of them had been round the farm together , without Inca being on a lead. Inca was ridden by an 18 yr old yesterday [ not a potential buyer though]
Whisper has become escort horse number 2! I tried a different saddle today , as she slightly sets off my lower back , as she s more downhill than Ben. Wills saddle helped . I had an A T student yesterday who had done a similar disc prolapse to mine , something that has to be managed forever , I think.
C also rode Guiness outdoors today , in the school. he is still leaning on the bit, well its not exactly leaning , its taking his whole head in the other direction to where C asks him to put it!. We think he does it because he has had the bit applied 'impolitely' at some stage [ or may have had a chifney , perhaps to load him etc ] . So now when he feels even a small ask on the bit he braces , ready for the big pull on his mouth. He ll learn its not going to happen , but what a shame he s got that habit. Otherwise he s going well, though when C asked him to trot the gave a small objection , which made C laugh. Its always better to have a horse wanting to stop than wanting to go!
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« Reply #24 on: Dec 12th, 2009, 08:10am »

Yesterday, when I went up to ride Duke the RDA asked me if I minded giving then access to both schools for a little while as they have a new horse and also one of their autistic riders has the chance to go to Greece but needs to be able to ride more horses first. This gave me an opening to just spend time with Duke in his stable as the lunge area was in use so no oppertunity to do Liberty in the time gap. On the spur of the moment I decided to do some equine massage on a cobbled together system from demos, mags and books.

shocked OMG. What a revellation in this horsey. I know all of mine like it; Dancer especially and Tilly least ( huh); but Duke persued me backwards around the stable for more in one area. I concentrated on the areas I most want to see a change in and where I hope I have been changing. I started with small cirlcular movements of my fingertips but ended up braced against the wall using my whole fist and weight and Duke rocking with his whole body stretched out to the width of the stable. It looked as if was braced until I realised that he couldn't have rocked his weight so well and also let down his willy unless he was in a very happy place.

I discovered his button to let down his undercarriage and was able to tidy him up and apply baby lotion. The next few times as I went in and out of his stable he tried to get me to massage more and let down his undercarriage. I just wish someone else had seen his reaction as it was really amazing.

I decided to ride him after although I know sometimes you should leave them. I got carried away. If I had been at home I would have left him and masssaged the others - amazing work out for my arms grin

During our outside ride in the fog the RDA continued their indoor riding with much Christmas hilarity and tinsel/flags/ flashing hats. Duke has a look but basically is just interested rather than bothered. Bless. I kept it short and soft I hope. I found his trot better to maintain after this rubbing session and Moya popped her head out to look in her very alarming santa earmuffs - Duke not bothered by them but I nearly had a shy!

Moya thinks he has improved as she hasn't seen him ridden for a while. Big smiles from me.

Today I have Amanda coming who is to give Duke special massage to his head and also do some synus work on him. This has been in the pipeline since his tooth problem and is now going to be helpful since he seems to be allergic to the hay here. Gail is trying to get some dryer less intense haylege. He has already improved after a few days of no hay.

When I get my act together I would love to have the herbal lady but as his saddle needs paying for I better hold off.

Shops are open now so I need to get a wriggle on and buy the heir apparent a suit which he announced is comulsory for 2 school functions next week but only told me at 8pm last night... Just when you think you have left all those sheep and angel costumes behind another and more expensive costume rears up!
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« Reply #25 on: Dec 15th, 2009, 08:12am »

As Duke is a well muscled horse , he will especially like the massage , which will help release and lengthen the muscles over the joints. Why not do some Alexande work on him . Stand in monkey , and lay hands on:
our 'routine' went from hands on either side of the neck just behind the head
1 hand on chest,one on wither
1 on point of shoulder ,1 on wither
1 on saddle area,1 underneath where the girth would be
1 on wither ,1 on croup
1 on croup 1 on hip
1 on hip ,1 on hock
both on hock, encircling it
both on fetlocks
To do this both sides took at least 1/2 hr , and most horses absolutley love it.
You can even deepen your breathing once things are 'flowing' and you ll find the horse responds.
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« Reply #26 on: Dec 15th, 2009, 08:52am »

Judith, this is reallly helpful.

I have been doing a more tradtional massage but I have had 2 massage things going with Duke.

On saturday I had Amanda James, animal therapist, to him. Specifically this was for cranial and synus release. I am very pleased to say that she uses the technique you describe, rides naturally and Duke really benefitted. She spent 1 and 1/2 hours on him and still charged 50 only. I have my homework as well in 2 main areas. I is his cheeks which should feel like a wet sponge. He can only take a little of this. The other area is his loins nad here Jean in the yard is helping me and after I have done my bits on the days she is there she does Reiki on him. We both think that he needs another 2 to 3 sessions with Amanda to release in the head and jaw.

He had Sunday off and was to have a quiet monday. I had my saddle fitting booked for his new saddle. Well, the saddle fitter went quiet and I thought Oh no, theyv'e got this saddle so wrong. Fitter went to get paperwork and his template tool. Yep. Duke has changed already and the new saddle has gone back to be altered already. We had arranged for it to be bigger and to have pads to allow for the change but Duke has surpassed expectations. I rushed to get the saddle I am using which had been altered to do in the meantime. I have limited time left on that one too. It is a very nice VGD Ideal for Dancer so there is alot of whither room. Duke has gone better in it but he is still one sided.

What was nice was that the Fitter started asking my opinion on where I intend to go with Duke and we started measuring muscles etc. I am sure we have made such a big change as he was so ready and things will settle now. As I see him so much I haven't noticed but a couple of people and some of the workers have been commenting. I had a short quiet ride indoors with just the headcollar. The Amanda James work could be felt immediately. I got quite emotional and I must say I was close to a little cry all day.

the next problem is that he is carrying his head and neck much better but the horseman's reins of Dnacer's are not long enough to hold out!!! Job for C I think.
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« Reply #27 on: Dec 21st, 2009, 4:53pm »

C has just got an order for a pair of reins - if you want some please say so , and He can perhaps be persuaded to do a few at once.
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« Reply #28 on: Jan 5th, 2010, 2:26pm »

OK, I'm starting to organise the 2010 Sinnington Summer Residential Clinic (is that right H?) - please keep this thread solely for comments/questions about the clinic.

I'll be emailing everybody later this week with more details about the camp and the booking form. If you have any questions please either email me direct (liz@receptional.com) or via this forum and I'll respond soonest.

Preference will be given to last year's attendees when it comes to reserving a place, but even if you couldn't make last year for any reason do register your intest because if there's sufficient demand then it is planned to run a second residiential clinic towards the end of August.

As usual the max number of people attending the clinic will be 10. In summary, the details are: there will be a mix of groundwork, online and ridden work; everyone will have at least one Alexander Technique lesson and at least one liberty session; Tuesday will be the free day; lunchtime talks/demos will be arranged.

The tuition fees will be 525 if paid in full before the 10th June (575 thereafter); the horse accommodation is 10/nt (stabled) or 5/nt (in a pen); your accommodation will be 10/nt in the dormitory, 5 if sleeping in your lorry or camping, or there are lashings of B&Bs in the area.

I'm sitting here waiting for the 16" of snow to be dumped on us that the Met Office are promising this area and sooo looking forward to spending long sunny days in Yorkshire with my horse and a group like minded people.
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« Reply #29 on: Jan 8th, 2010, 5:31pm »

Ok guys, check your inboxes - I've sent everybody that I know of an email this afternoon all about the Summer Clinics at Sinington. I've attached a Booking Form as well so if you want to come please do the necessary and whizz it back to me laugh

If everyone signs up who said they would then the second summer clinic of 2010 in August will definitely happen - isn't that exciting! Want to come to both anyone?



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