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« Reply #30 on: Jan 12th, 2010, 09:29am »

Liz, just sorted the summer arrangements in proforma and I can now print off the camp form. how exciting.

What dates would a second camp be do you think? I ahve to make arrangements for the family and cost raises it head of course. We hope to go and join Freya after her course and make her practise that which we hope she has learnt.

Off to do Duke and then home to other house for a few days to hopefully do some work with Tilly and make arrangements for Dancer. Crunch time there unfortunately and I want to assess if it is time to say goodbye or if she has a bit longer. The foot is still hollow and she could not do more than hobble on the frozen ground. The contrast with Tilly doing a near passage with excitement over the chance to take bites out of the Christmas tree was noticed by Gary even who hates Tilly and is very fond of Dancer. We expected Dancer's usual disply whilst a strange thing went through the field but she couldn't realy do anything.

Bit of a thaw here so now it's all slush.
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« Reply #31 on: Jan 12th, 2010, 10:08am »

Alex, hi

What a mix of emotions you must be going through what with Tilly on the one hand and Dancer on the other. Dancer's mobility and hoof is a (potentially) sad subject I know but the thought of Gary being fond of any horse shows what a superb conversion job you've achieved with him...I guess 'fond' is a relative term! Not an easy time for you so my thoughts are with you when you come to evaluating all the medical advice and making 'that' decision.

The dates for the August camp are Saturday 21st until Thursday 26th but I should add that it will only happen if the July camp is filled first.

Yes, we're thawing somewhat up here too, and can see the tips of the grass poking through the snow today. The dogs will be sad they've loved the snow and all the rolling and skittering about, catching snow balls is a favourite game - even the old boy has been rejuvenated by it!
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« Reply #32 on: Jan 18th, 2010, 12:13pm »

Half the spaces are already filled on the July clinic so if that's the date you prefer then please send me the booking form (or let me know if you want another copy) and a deposit to secure your place.

I've had a very kind offer of a lift so the Yellow Peril can come this year - yippee cheesy

If anyone wants to know any more information about the Clinic just reply here or drop me a line (liz@receptional.com).
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« Reply #33 on: Jan 25th, 2010, 4:28pm »

Sad news - I've just heard from Sandra (famous for the on 'tinernet? comment) to say that sadly she won't be able to join us this summer sad But more people are interested incoming so I think we'll have a great group all the same.
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« Reply #34 on: Jan 25th, 2010, 5:22pm »

cryno Sandra -- what a shame. If she can perhaps we might see her one day as an auditor or something?

Might I suggest that we have a swop shop/book/dvd review evening if at all possible? I would be happy to have it in whatever shed I occupy providing drinks and nibbles or cheese and whine (oops , wine ). Might not work this time but a suggestion.

I am happy to do a load of old balls again if there is a need. No worries if there is too much else. I am interested in breathing (who isn't?) and I wonder if there is a singing teacher or something who may be able to really get us to look at our breathing. Sorry Liz; as usual assuming you will leap on it but I can do some searching about if this is something we might like.

I am typing this watching the news of violence in South Africa having just sent the money for Freya's courses there this summer and am now in a worry. Maybe I will have to go too? I should take Whisper for back-up.

Not sure who has seen the e-mails about Equitrek but I am thinking of hiring one for the course!

Well done for getting this going for another year. When we are all to old shall we just go to the dea side for the 5 days? grin
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« Reply #35 on: Jan 26th, 2010, 12:52pm »

Nice one Alex - I like the idea of a swap shop for books/dvds - I think we should definitely get that into the evening programme. The only problem I see with you hosting it at your 'shed' is that it means we'd all have to come round a second time (could you bear that?) to enjoy the pool - this is beginning to sound like a take over bid! Also, do you think you could persuade the local chinky to deliver?

Thanks for agreeing to do the balls again - that was rather fun wasn't it?! I like the idea of breathing exercises, and as long as it doesn't involve actually singing I'd love to try that - Judith do you know of anyone who could help out?
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« Reply #36 on: Jan 27th, 2010, 07:46am »

Yes, it was good fun and inspiring too. I got my ball and book for Christmas, so you made a difference to me at any rate.

I am so sorry about Sandra. I liked her very much indeed, in fact it was the double act of Caroline and Sandra that made my mornings so entertaining. I will really miss them both.

Are you posting a list of 'attendees', Liz?
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« Reply #37 on: Jan 27th, 2010, 09:27am »

As you say that double act was quite something wasn't it and sadly they're the only two who've said they can't make it this year sad

I hadn't thought of posting a list of attendees, but now you mention it, those who are definitely coming so far are:

Yourself
Alex
Carole Locker
Moya
and me

If you want to prod anyone who hasn't signed up yet then feel free to go ahead and do so!

You've been much better than me if you're still doing your exercises with the ball. I kept it going for about 4 months after camp but have to admit to letting it slip lately. In fact, I've now moved the ball from the living room to here in the study so I can see it and do it rathe rthan push it out of sight and forget about it! There's a guilty conscience!




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« Reply #38 on: Jan 27th, 2010, 6:03pm »

Well, at least you did it for 4 months. I put the book on my desk this morning unopened, and it was still there at 5.30 this evening. The ball is having a great time rattling around in the back of my car. It obviously has a sense of humour as it attempts to escape whenever it can. Last attempt was at Sainsbury's this morning. It put up a collossal fight when I tried to put it back in again.

Didn't notice Ann on your list. I know she is coming. Or should I say, I know that she intended to come.

I hope it is not going to be all 'Southerners'. Oh, how I will miss Caroline's foghorn blast of rounded Yorkshire vowels. 'Ey oop - fancy a brew'? at 0700. Who else could supply tea in the middle of a field at that hour? Who else could get away with assailing one's eardrums at that hour without being flattened? We def. need more Northerners to put us all into perspective!
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« Reply #39 on: Jan 27th, 2010, 11:46pm »

O Heather! Having said you'd got the ball and book I naively assumed you'd also been using them. Mind you I bought a whizzy mountain bike a few years ago with the getting fit but I found it did absolutey nothing to help me....then David told me I had to use it not just own it - doh! It went to Flitwick once (to the tennis club no less) and back again, almost all uphill - never again - or maybe the mistake was to play 9 sets of tennis before the return trip!

I'm no expert, but I think to let the ball have an effect on you/your fitness you do actually need to get up close and personal with it and do things - regularly wink

Yes, I'm pretty sure Ann is coming (she's going to take Nins up for me) but I've not heard a peep out of her other than the offer of alift....very puzzling, I'm assuming the reasn I haven't heard is because she's gallivanting off on one of her skiing trips.
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« Reply #40 on: Jan 28th, 2010, 07:38am »

Well as it is confession time - I haven't done the ball for months. My excuses are many and varied but not least the rotten cold that I had over Christmas which left me exhausted. I naively thought that I was fit untill I tried to run about the arena with Duke. I could only keep it up for a short time. No chance of being like Phillip Nye with Magic!

Can I suggest that the best way to start with the ball is in fact just to do the raising it up over your head exercise? It is harder than it looks and break it down into small sections. 5 reps ;shake your arms;5 reps etc. This increases the heart rate pretty fast and gives a great stretch. I hear you should change the exercise you do every month. I found the ball very thereputic to sit on whilst decorating the small Christmas tree and de-decorating.

More importantly, lets concentrate on me for a minute. Yesterday I had a session with a proper podiatrist - sign of age hey embarassed . The quick result at the beginning of the session is that I have a considerably longer right leg and she is making me two pads - 1 for general wear and 1 for riding. On the ground I am unbalanced and have lots of hip pain. All of this is due to my leg and now my poor right leg is trying to pretend it isn't longer and I shove my weight to my left hip to try to give my right leg room. My right foot is collapsing inwards etc.

All of this is helped by the Alexander Technique but the podiatrist says it is a bone issue and AT will be very beneficial but there is no actual cure . I have an AT today which I really need. All this is now showing up in my saddles and I need to have my stirrup leathers at different lengths until the inserts arrive. I am going to get NP to allign the lenghts on the saddle horse. Or ride without stirrups. Not sensible always on Duke yet.

I have also bought a seat wedge which can be adjusted as it is air filled. It arrived last night so I am going to drive today and see how that helps.

I am also going to have a long awaited session with Tilly and I am praying the rain holds off. Things going on with Duke and it is so nice having an institutional horse in this difficult weather but I am planning his hols at home to keep his routine.

Ps : perhaps we should work out on line? web cam anyone?
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« Reply #41 on: Jan 31st, 2010, 10:10am »

Its fine to ride with stirrups at different lengths - Duke will get used to the slight differnce in weight. The seatbones carrying your torso weight is the important thing - keeping them level, and imagining the legs as unimportant for your balance . I dont think theres anything wrong with unlevel stirrup leathers. Think of side saddle riding , its virtually impossible to keep level, but horses still go well. I once met an Irish man who had one leg thrust forward at an impossible angle [ knee probs] yet he rode, broke horses in ,schooled etc. Horses can cope with all sorts , so dont get bogged down with it! Duke will 'understand'
Our Rich , with his hip problems has walked with a limp from the age of 5 - but he s still played all sports , runs etc , though he s hardly ever ridden! He even did a parachute jump , which I dont think was a great idea. Now i find , via facebook, our Kathie is going to sky dive . These kids have their fathers fearlessness with heights - I m hopeless.
Its now freezing , and a layer of snow. Once again we have holiday horses that need slow riding - its perishing out there! Even the outdoor school is frozen solid.
Our youngsters are coming along well. Foxy now leads,is bitted, trots up, stands up,loads , so is ready for the show ring come summer.
Cameo has all tack on and is being prepared for being sat on. We ll do that then turn her away all summer. She has had hardly any groundworrk, as she is so big and gangly, All straight line stuff.
C is riding Inca and Guinness out hacking. Pebbles not as advanced, ridden in a school. We ve also had a pony to school. so every day theres plenty to do!
Summer camp is filling up , cant believe that time will come so quickly again! I like the idea of a book/dvd exchange/sample . last year I so wanted to read an excerpt from 1 of my favourite books 'Warrior', a true story of,,,,well, perhaps I ll leave it till camp!
Snippets of horsemanship come out in lots of books written when horses were everyday transport and power. Apparently scientists have 'discovered' animals have emotions, friendships, personalities. Well ,isnt it obvious? Anyone who has ever worked with animals knows this , hardly takes science to work it out[ probably paid for by tax payers] The 'Little house' series of books descibe the 2 work horses temperaments in a way we would understand , and how that affected the work the \Ingalls could do .[ I ve been re reading ' The long winter', which makes our deprivations and cold seem pretty small fry.
The weeks are counting down to new zealand now, 3 weeks to go.
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« Reply #42 on: Feb 4th, 2010, 07:54am »

This weeks horse&hound has a fantastic article about riding without tack. Titled 'Brave or bonkers' the front cover shows huntsman of the Cheshire draghounds jumping with a neckstrap and no bridle. he did it for 'help for heroes'. Other bridleless riders include a team chase team with pink headcollars. N H is mentioned at times .
I think we were the first N H show in UK to do various tackless dressage tests - judged by a list judge. After 3 years of the shows we were a bit lazy not to carry on, but we d organised shows of some description for 14 years on and off , hard work and not much reward!

The horse and hound akso described hunting in New Zealand. The jumping is mainly 4foot high high tensile wire - sometimes electrified. Think I ll give that a miss!!

Having 'signed off' Foxy for the moment , our last foal, now emormous yearling, is the next and last on the list to handle. As she s so big liberty was the no 1 thing. All new horses are interesting! She was so cross at a couple of points she did mini bucks , flinging up her hind legs out of sheer frustration.
This was in the indoor area , as everythiing frozen solid. Inca had an indoor jumping lesson online. I d taken her over the logs in the field weeks ago and she d gone very well, but poles indoors were quite different!
We hacked Guiness down the farm with other people on ponies joining us . As usual he was totally solid. He is even beginning to trot using the correct muscles and not pulling himself along from his chest. But we only do that on farm hacks - it ll be a long process till he s strong enough for school work.

We are waiting for Ducks to calve; our bull Rocky went to his holiday girls last April 24th, from which we calculate Ducks would be due at the latest 1st Feb. She is near but obviously going to be at last a week overdue ....or a bull calf got at her after Rocky left ?

With frozen ground C s lessons keep being cancelled/posponed. It means work can continue on the card tables - but they wont be finished for months!
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« Reply #43 on: Feb 4th, 2010, 3:38pm »

Judith: About your knowldege - or otherwise - of animal husbandry:

Cows calve but Ducks have ducklings:

Cows bits = large
Ducks bits = small
Calves = big
ducklings = small

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« Reply #44 on: Feb 8th, 2010, 08:21am »

[ how do I add these smiley things ?] laugh
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