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« Reply #180 on: Dec 29th, 2010, 1:47pm »

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO EVERYONE!
Let's hope 2011 is a good one - better for us all than 2010 smiley
Alex - I do hope you managed to jet away from the snow bound airport to the sun. I am thinking it's positively balmy because we've reached the dizzy heights of 4 deg C! But the weather forecast is a return to freezing conditions again in the New Year - out come the long johns again! We had a burst pipe at the yard and all my stuff got soaked as well as me trying to turn the stop thingy off - oh joy!
I have managed to ride at least once a week despite the weather but my gremlin is not too impressed at the moment - it was more like a rollercoaster ride than a horse trotting! I keep perservering with him but he tests at every verse end and if one of his tactics doesn't work he tries new ones! Yesterday was 'rock n rolling' from front end to back end! I spent a good hour trying to get a decent trot - we finally got it and I ended there...
Anyhow best wishes to everyone for a very Happy new Year - and mild weather!
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« Reply #181 on: Dec 30th, 2010, 10:45am »

I too wish everyone a Happy new Year, and that all horse wishes/ambitions/hopes are fulfilled in this coming year.
Vanessa, I hope you werent too exhausted getting your naughty boy going. He is so full of vitality he needs so much work! Keep at it !
I envy Alex her holiday - tell us all about it . and whether you were part of the Heathrow madness!
We now have a phone number , still may be temporary, as its a business number, so havent sorted internet access yet.
01347 879024
For xmas day we ddi manage to get some of the house ready. All trades had left on the Weds, and there was much dust to get rid of. We have a working but unfinished kitchen, finished bedroom and sitting room, and all wallpapered ready to carpets. I think nthe cats miss the attic room , where they were with us at all times - they now have to go up there , now cold and unheated!- for food and litter tray.
Our oil is running low , as the heating was on so much to dry house out , and cant wait to get it full to the brim - and what a cost that ll be!
Outside the taps etc are all thawed , and the fog has made all the calves cough , and brought on pneumonia in a couple of them - and more will succomb I m sure. The horses are all well but still unridden. We were sent a BSPA ahow schedule yest - a show on 27th March might be 1 to aim for with Guinness- just as a trial to see how things go. I need to lose 2 stone to fit into my showing gear.............
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« Reply #182 on: Jan 7th, 2011, 4:34pm »

WISHING YOU ALL THE BEST FOR THE NEW YEAR.

The day started with snow and fog and finished with slush and fog. But ,I have begun to see longer light times.

Sadly, we did not get away on holiday and I am missing it now. A lot of scurrying around at the 11th hour to "do" Christmas but we enjoyed it. Back to school with Mock GCSEs - so glad that is all behind me. Freya showed me a piece of work she had been given for her Zoology Degree and I only recognised about a quarter do the words let alone understand the source material.

The weather has messed up so much timing. Whisper as way over due for shoeing as the first date was cancelled and then the holidays meant she was in a bit of a state when she was done. I was very tempted to get some tools and get the shoes off myself. The awkward thing about the hard ground is that Tilly has worn her feet too much according to the farrier but I am going to take further advice on that. I have done alot of in hand bridle work with her but left the riding alone over the winter. I had planned to get her ready for sale after half term so I hope her feet are not a problem.

I have finally got a new (well, new to me) saddle for Whisper; a Black Country. It fits her well or rather the best we have found without having one made. In fact due to its shape I can use it with Duke with shims under the back of it whilst waiting for his new saddle. I have sold 3 saddles so I don't feel so guilty about Duke growing so much. His rugs have had a piece put in at the front as his shoulder has come up so much. The lack of a lunge pen due to weather makes riding a little exciting sometimes but I am getting the chance to ride in the arena with more horses. Very good education. I don't think I would ever be brave enough to go into a warm up arena though!

I started back on the riding school horse today and rode with 3 others in the arena up there. The problem was making sure my dear little cronky horse realised I was in charge and it wasn't a "ride" as he thought he should shoot off with any other horse passing. My arms and lower back ache a bit as I really was not going to let him yank me out of the saddle at every halt. More core stability work I think. I thoroughly enjoyed it though and I can see some jumping in the future!

Finally, I am getting so excited about the Phillip Karl course. B&b booked and indeed as our rooms are going to be decorated we have been transferred to a cottage for the same price! Derek Clarke who is organising it apparently has a couple of school masters which I hope to look at on the course and then have a lesson on them later if they are nice to improve me to keep a bit ahead of Whisper and Duke. Whisper went so well in the brief gap in the weather last week in a brief session with Niki Potter and we both kissed and hugged till she shrugged us off ,but she loved the attention and did rather preen.

I have set myself a couple of hard goals in the hope I will achieve at least part of them. Watch this space!
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« Reply #183 on: Jan 8th, 2011, 10:13am »

What a blow, not getting away on holiday! Still, an informal/impromptu xmas is probably a lot less pressure and therefore more fun. I hate the expectation that every xmas has to be 'perfect' or better than ever .
By the 17th we should have a resendial line and a broadband package, which will allow emails and net surfing - cant wait! There are times when we couldnt use the mail enabler on others' computers , and feel well out of the loop!
Today i ve come with Charlie, who is giving a lesson to our web hosts , so at least I know I can use computer ok!
Alex, you ll have a wonderful course with M. Karl- Charlie certainly enjoyed his time watching him in Germany. Not an egotist as some of the 'gurus' are!
With the weather getting a little better lessons slowly get booked etc , and we are slotting into new rhythms at Cornborough. There is much work to be done still, especially with the buildings /fences/fields/road etc, but the oil didnt run out over xmas , an we stayed warm!
Soon we will get the horses up - cant wait to get them walking out and hardened off. They quite like their lazy life, but I feel thhey do get bored. The other night, due to my not roping the doors properly [ everyhting is held together with bits of string] Guinness and Wills disappeared into the fields. Only Ben calling alerted us to the escape. Luckily we found and caught them easily.....
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« Reply #184 on: Jan 8th, 2011, 7:59pm »

The snow has certainly caused havoc with the transport network but hopefully we'll get a respite for a week or so - although the alternative thick mud is just as unwelcome! We got a new fall of snow yesterday morning but it all melted last night and we now have surface water and mud!
Sorry to hear your holiday didn't happen Alex but you sound as though you have kept busy doing enjoyable horsey things despite the lack of sun. I look forward to hearing about your forthcoming course too.
I have manged to ride at least once a week - 3 times between Christmas and New Year!- before succumbing to the bugs that my daughter and grandchildren thoughtfully shared with me! Have got sinus pain, swollen glands and a wracking cough as a remnant of the germs I can't shake off but I am trying not to give in! S is happily being himself - one thing I've noticed about him is his ability to remain constant amid changing conditions - he doesn't at all bother about standing in his stable in inclement weather and doesn't become difficult to handle. He's happy to come in or stay out. So he is mellowing and our relationship is enhanced. We just have to crack the response to asking for trot when ridden - our groundwork is much improved. Part of the reason is our trust has got better - I don't stop breathing when he starts his antics - I have learned to laugh!
I had a job interview yesterday so am keeping my fingers crossed that the result is positive - I should know next week. That would be a great boost in a gloomy January.
I'm looking forward to the spring - the days are slightly lengthening so more horse time - and then summer - and summer camp? Any plans yet Judith or is that jumping the gun when you still have much to do at Cornborough? grin
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« Reply #185 on: Jan 19th, 2011, 2:41pm »

Hi everyone,

I hope no-one's still suffering from any bugs or plagues and that the horses are all OK?

I'm starting a new thread about the 2011 Summer Camp, so switch over to that one for more information smiley

cheers

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