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« Reply #45 on: Feb 8th, 2010, 08:21am »

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« Reply #46 on: Feb 8th, 2010, 3:08pm »

Blast it, it's snowing again. Thought we had finished with all that. Everything is cold and sodden.

Anyway, lots of things have been going on in Mid-Beds, not least of which is the fact that on top of diverticular disease I now seem to have got ulcerative colitis. The pictures of my inner tubing are quite entertaining. I have a mind to frame them and hang them in the lounge. Thus creating a focal point of interest for those who have not had enough to drink. Coupled with really bad arthritis, I'm doing well. At this juncture I am wondering how on earth I am going to manage camp and all the other things I have planned this year. If it is still this bad then I will just have to watch, or do a Silke Valentine from my car!

Someone said try Devil's claw, so I bought some Equestrian Equimins Devil's Claw and am taking 1/2 teasthingy per day, which seems about right as the dosage for a horse is two capfulls. This stuff is sensational. It has eased all the inflamation everywere wonderfully well. However, I have visions of how this stuff was made. Probably dug up a few roots with dirt, a few snails and rat droppings hanging off it, bunged it into a boiler and then decanted it. Yummy!

Exciting stuff has hove into view. People have been writing to me for a while now informing me that my pensions are about to mature. So as I fully expect to kick the bucket before my allotted time, I elected to have one lump sum and 2/6d and a pile of comics a week. I dont want you to run away with the idea that this was a vast sum because it wasnt. But it is enough to have bought me a brand spanking new Equitrek Show Treka trailer which I picked up on Saturday. It is soooooooo exciting. We can now make tea, eggs and bacon in our trailer, go to sleep on bunk beds if we want and visit the loo in privacy. This will revolutionise show days and far flung hacks away from base. (baggsie I not empty the bog upon return!)

I put it in the school yesterday and we had a really good time practicing loading. Harry charged onto it like a seasoned trooper, but Troy and Lady were very suspicious, probably because of the new smell. Harry was on top form, arching his neck and prancing about and offering to show the others how to do it. After his 'turn' I let him off to wander about. He was so keen to join in that he trotted up the ramp and loaded himself. It was the culmination of some really fun stuff we had been doing. Fast changes of direction, figures of 8 round barrels and 'touch it'. Harry was really fired up and was such a pleasure to work with. He is really responding now. I am not at all sure that when we invite them to have an opinion it is necessarily a good thing that they feel this free to express it!

H's has got a tumour. I took him to hospital to have it removed and they did not want to do it when they saw it, so took a second biopsy instead. I am to monitor it and spray it once a day with some steroid spray. If it gets bigger, then they will have to remove it. Finger's crossed.

I spoke at length to the Ramsay enclave a couple of weeks ago. I was going to say that due to the blemish I was not going to go ahead with the assessment required to have Richard ride Harry. However, it appears that if H was accepted then he would have to live there and be turned out from there. This I would not have considered for one moment in any event, so all things being equal, it has turned out O.K. I was however, invited to spend a week or however long I wanted there, to receive individual tuition. If I ever lose 4 stone, I might consider it. Anyway, I think I can get all I need in that direction from Team Sinnington.

Lovely picture on the cover of H&H. it just shows what can be done if people want it enough. Has the baby duckling arrived yet? Not long to the long haul over to NZ now. How lovely. Love to one and all. x
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xx Re: Summer Camp 2010
« Reply #47 on: Feb 9th, 2010, 08:45am »

grinHow lucky Taildragger. I have placed the brochure in plain site and I didn't get a definate no.

Did you get the L or the M ? Which extras if ant did you go for? How easy are you finding the manoevering?

I am intrigued about the diferent loading success. Have any travelled in it yet?

Lots of snow here and mud in Clavering. It is bitter in Oakham and I have had a flare up of joint pain in one hand . We are off skiing next week which will test the joint.

Tilly has grown over the last few weeks and I am so impressed with her hind leg action. If I can crack the loading this spring she will be a ggreat all rounder. Maybe if I get the trailer upgrade... rolleyes

Duke is continuing to progress and we are getting to know each other, I can really see the difference from mares. The vet intermated that he thought Duke is a bit gay - he said he thought he is a bit of a flower and laughed when I told him his real name.

Duke is having some obsevations as he continues to toss his head about. I can get him through it but it takes a while. Any thoughts?

The new saddle is lovely and even with airs above ground it stays in place. He is progressing to a raised pole and moving well over it. He has put on condition and is growing a bit. Everyone thinks he will have a spurt this spring. Quiet leadership is the key with him but also projecting energy from the ground and when ridden without reacting to the shenanigins he feels is necessary to question you with. The passion of his life is to move to a cheaper yard at the end of the month which is so sad. I really like the owner and her little spanish horse and we are the closest in ethos although she rides in a flash and lunges in gadgets.

Jean at the yard is going on a Horse psychology course next month which sounds interesting. She is the one who does Duke when I am away.

Hope NZ is all you hope.
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« Reply #48 on: Feb 9th, 2010, 6:17pm »

I got the L and I needed it. H is comfortable with the height, I would not have wanted a smaller one. Manouvering a definite nightmare compared with the IW. No neddies have travelled in it yet. We want to get the loading firm first, so will do it 7 days in a row and then try the travelling a short distance and then increase. All neddies to be comfortable loading before we take to the road. Extras were loo and horse shower. Rug rack, mirror and CCTV asked for on my 60'th. Other 'essentials' like full hand knitted privacy curtains will be croched by my Ma-in-Law.

You need to start wearing a ribbon in the hair and sporting the odd silk dressing gown and clutching the odd bottle of champers when greeting the other half - if you want one of these trailers. It is amazing what results a little 'co-operation' can produce (you can always drink most of the champers first to anaethsetise the senses) However, do remember in advance to draw the line at 'extras' - you can always get what you really want for your next Birthday without the need for further negotiation!

Tossing heads is symptomatic of one of the 'horsenalities' I will look it up in due course and let you know what it is.

Just been reading about the hunts in NZ in this weeks H&H - I think you should sign up immediately. Fences, wire and hedges. The going sounds right up C's alley!
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« Reply #49 on: Feb 10th, 2010, 12:24pm »

I think I ve been handling my other half all wrong - whats left as 'co operation' when its assumed to be 'on tap'?! I need lessons from taildragger in subtle man management!
I hope your health probelms sort themselves out - without having to resort in giving up pleasurable foods /drinks etc. what a bummer.
Alex,I do hope the head tossing is just a habit I m sure you ve already seen to his tee;th - we had a headshaker , and it took 3 different dentists to sort him out [ although that wasnt the reason for the headshaking , tree pollen was and once he was moved to a treeless arable area he was fine]
Does he toss in a halter? on the ground or just ridden? if its linked to his emotions rather than something physical, it will be a case of eliminating the triggers [ or even if its just physical , I realise] lets hope he s just being opiniated!
The horses are in again today - snow, ice ,cold. C s lessons held indoors - today with a student as a pretend judge , I ll parade Foxy , and hope he learns the pattern of a show class. Guinness proved homself a young horse when yeaterday, walking along the yard he fell to his knees for no reason , except being weak and unbalanced! C just sat there and he got up and away we went fine. I was sat bareback on Ben , glad I wasnt on board Sir Alex [ as he s getting called at the moment]
Ducks calf , suggested Drake [ was that from Vanessa] has now been called Sir francis. her and mum are in with the main herd again, and Ducks had 3 calves sucking her yesterday, so hope sir Francis gets enough milk!
For anyone on 'facebook' ,Ii ve been putting up pics of our coloured horses. I have lots of pics from the camps , as has jayne |Lavender , whose facebook page is a lot more active than mine. Jo campin[ artist who is just fantastic with dogs and horses] would like to paint a pic of herman that is on facebook albums page. Its very tempting..
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« Reply #50 on: Feb 12th, 2010, 5:02pm »

For 'co-operation' read 'extras'. (imagination required here) It should never, [i]never[/i] be on tap, so we need to fix this situation. Approach and retreat works well. Approach methodology could be: 'Helloooo darling' with said ribbon/champers, when other half is least expecting it, and Retreat is 'headache' 'gizzard puke' or just 'unwell' when he expects you to perform.
All this wifely duty nonesense is a thing of the past. It has to be on your terms and not the other way round It will take a while, but trust in the system - it will work with patience!

Hope Sir Francis is doing well and getting his fair share at the milk bar. Is it normal for mummy cows to allows strange babies to suckle? Or is Ducks just odd that way?

Must be close now. Have a wonderful trip. Enjoy every second. It is wonderful to go on holiday and remain clean for a whole day - if nothing else!

I read Guiness's fall with interest. Is this an Irish thing?
H when he is slopping along on buckle end and firmly on his shoulders has gone down on his knees with me twice. I should have learned to not let him slop along on his shoulders, but when the sun is shining and everyone is relaxed I fall straight back into riding on a casual rein. Is it too much to expect the horse, who after all, has four feet, to look where he is going? I should imagine that Guiness has far more of an excuse that H, being young and weak, but for goodness' sake, why cant they sort themselves out? They are not thinking of predators and being eaten then are they?

Sir Alex? is this another a cow or have you got your hands on Alex's new steed? I'll bet he will be really something when he matures. We have a Lucitano and two Andalucians on our yard and they all have in-built springs in their hocks and they all carry themselves so beautifully.
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« Reply #51 on: Feb 12th, 2010, 5:04pm »

That is odd. My last post's paragraphs seem to have changed places. shocked
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« Reply #52 on: Feb 13th, 2010, 11:08pm »

Its a bit late to substitute cooperation for extras, I ll have to find other ways to get my wishes!Actually, asking seems to work quite well!
C has been teaching near Wakefield today- Vanessa was one of the students, so C rode Strider again. he also rode a little Luso , and a part bred Spanishx Anglo, whom we have had here for training at times. He s a beautiful horse, but a bit oversensitive and highly strung. One so called trainer thought he d match his energy to the horses' , and 2 hours later had to stop, having been unsuccessful at tirying the horse out!
. It was so cold ansd miserable here I didnt do any horses, and just got a little gardening done between showers.C came back with a borrowed dvd 'Playing with horses' with Jutta Weiners. Imagine Parelli mixed with circus training,voice and treat cues, clicker, a smidging of tellington Jones, and all wrapped up in nonsense about her work being play,rather than tasks. In the end the horses are doing what you ask them , so you re still in charge - they dont freely choose to do tricks [eg lie down, spanish walk, synchronised movements].
However, she did ride bareback with a halter, with a horse on each side in halters, so 3 abreast cantering along, weaving in and out of trees, which I think is pretty good!

sir francis Drake is getting enough milk , I think. by the time he needs a lot more the older 4 calves will be away to their next home , so he ll have all mums milk. Its funny about them sharing the mums - when we first had 30 sucklers , just after the dairy cows went , there was no sharing at all. When we went down to my 8 jerseyxs there got to be a real family feel and the lower order cows suckled more than 1 calf quite often. Now I have more cows , but they ve been here since they were calves, they nearly all accept other calves [ with the exception of the high ranking 3 cows who have never allowed it]. Also, over the years , new calves have copied the wiles of the older ones , and learned to sneak behind the 'real' calf and get stuck in.
Sir Alec is an extension of Guinness - as in the actor, but yes, we say sir Alex, which is wrong! he is quite sexy - flirting endlessly with Polly - now 25 and far beyond reproducing - because she seems to be in season.
Already their is a full schedule of visitors as soon as we get back from N Z , horses to back, holidays in cottage etc and demo/clinics in early may.
I havent found any N H ers near Queenstown , but it is high in the mountains , so probably not a horsey area. Russellhiggins is many miles away in north island. C has been offered a trail in the mountains with the friend of a friend , but I didnt seem to be included! We are going to do the tourist thing and trek as Riders of Rohan on a day ride. I cant believe that in a weeks time we ll be on our way. Were keeping this week fairly free , although I m going to look at a horse with and for a friend. She ll find I m quite difficult to please. one friend stopped taking me cause I just kept saying 'no' to everything she looked at.
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« Reply #53 on: Feb 14th, 2010, 2:08pm »

Yes and I had a very enthralling session with C - as always thought provoking but you'll be pleased to hear that I'm still tapped into my inner ballerina Judith! S was his usual self! But with a slight twist - at first he did everything I asked and as we continued to work - he decided that as he'd done it all, he didn't have to do it any more and gave the usual V sign! When C asked for canter on the line, he was very cross! he kept going disunited and he also stumbled onto his knees but recovered pretty d**n sharp! S was even more cross when C rode him - my low mental state meant I did not feel up to this part especially with an audience from the yard (who are always up for a bit of drama!?). So my forward plan is to keep up the ballerina but become more unpredicatable (C's suggestion...) when working with S! As always a great time for me - S was a much nicer boy this morning too - he probably needs somebody who isn't as infirm as I've become - know where you're coming from taildragger on this! - arthritis, lower back issues and carpal tunnel to name but a few ailments!! Unfortunatley, he's stuck with me...
My friend with her Luso & spanish x anglo felt so positive about her session with C too, as did the other friend with her warmblood - she says she's done nothing but 'think' about all the things she's learnt since the session and is totally shattered!
I really love the name Sir Francis as an extension of my suggestion of Drake for Ducks' calf - I saw first hand the 'stealing' milk from other cows than their Mums last summer - most intriguing. But it does ensure healthy youngsters I guess.
So interesting to hear about all the youngsters (horses) progress, particularly 'Sir Alex' (if you carry on with all these sirs, you'll have a full round table soon!)
I imagine that you and C are extremely excited about your impending visit to NZ - so much planned and family time too - it will be wonderful. Will you have enough time to log on to keep us all updated?!!!
Finally, some mixed news on my grandaughter's op which happened last thurs - her right hip wouldn't go back into place - blocked by muscle tissue- even though her left hip would go in, the surgeon had to leave it and she will have to go back into hospital in 4 weeks for another much more invasive op (this one was done keyhole) to cut away the tissue and locate the joint correctly. They did sort her breathing though. She has recovered remarkably well and was of a very sunny disposition when I saw her on Friday. So we are back to waiting again... and I haven't heard about the job yet!
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« Reply #54 on: Feb 15th, 2010, 08:55am »

I m sorry your granddaughters hip was nt resolved - but at least they know what to do next time. I guess it ll be a bigger op ? All fingers crossed. I m glad everyone enjoyed their lessons - I think C enjoyed them too - all the bad weather has cancelledso much of his lessonwork, but at least its meant our own have been schooled more than we dared hope.
Yes I certainly intend to stay tuned in when we re in N Z . I m starting to get things sorted- and have begun with 6 pics printed off to draw whilst in flight! As 1 is of St Michales mount that alone will take hours - all those windows and odd buildings! Still, my drawing efforts are of minimal 'value', compared to 'proper' artists. Jo Campin is about to start an oil painting of Phillip Pembroke. I dont know why we didnt think of it earlier. Its odd because as the years go by we miss him more , not less.
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« Reply #55 on: Feb 19th, 2010, 2:03pm »

Back onto the subject of the Summer Clinic (nee camp) - it's almost full, there are now 9 people who are definitely coming (oh, and me) - sadly we won't have a couple of old friends, but Sian will be coming which is great news. Anyone who remembers her amazing relationship with Bob will recall her doing everything bareback 'as it's easier'! She bought a youngster off Charlie and Judith a couple of years ago (or perhaps was it longer ago?) and so is bringing Harry with her this time. There are 3 new faces to us all plus one lady coming who's a regular at Charlie's southern weekends.

Sorry to hear about your grand-daughter's operations saga Vanessa but at least one hip and the breathing is fixed so presumably that's a big improvement. Best of luck with the job hunting too - we want you at the camp to see how Strider is changing as he grows up!

I was trying to find a link between Guinness and Sir Alex so I'm glad that got sorted out - I can understand it now!




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« Reply #56 on: Feb 20th, 2010, 12:32pm »

I hope everyone keeping chatting on the site here while we re away. I will log in sometimes just to see how everyone is.
Summer camp/clinic is a dot in the distance , but will come along faster than I think - how would everyone feel about a tai chi session?
All is nearly ready for our trip - seems too big and long to call it a holiday!
I hope the sunny weather continues here , and that everyone can get out on their horses more.
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« Reply #57 on: Feb 21st, 2010, 4:49pm »

Have a great time gallivanting around the southern hemisphere - we'll let you know if it snows again!

Yes, Tai Chi is a good idea - everyone seemed to enjoy it last time. Will it be 'She with the white knickers'? Would she come again after we struggled to follow her instruction without laughing!?

How about searching for the Sinnington Hoard - I bought David a metal detector for his birthday last week and we should be able to understand the controls by then - that would make a fun evening? Yes, no?

I really must remind Nins what a saddle is like. I've not ridden her for ages - I have plenty of excuses lined up - too cold, too wet, too windy, no menage, feel rotten....but at the end of the day I think I'll just have to decide 'today's the day' and as long as it isn't raining or blowing a gale then start riding.

Fortunately we still do some liberty most days so at least she's not gone feral. But this summer our big challenge is to work with Claude and see if we can't get him pulling a tyre and/or log around the field. An old boy in the village, a recent arrival, came over to talk to us at the stables and it turns out that he and his wife have spent many happy years carriage driving and he's offered to help - well, actually, it was more a case of insisting he'd come and help...I fear this could be a two edged sword sad
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« Reply #58 on: Feb 22nd, 2010, 07:14am »

cry I have to report that Dear Dancer ended her journey with me on Friday.

Her laminae never recovered and she had not wanted to take her weight on either front foot to have them picked out.

I had a lovely homeopathic vet attend who also had some very good observations about Tilly who was very distressed by Dancer's passing. ILsa had seen Dancer a few years ago and completely endorsed my decision.

The comforting thing about the deed was that the snow stopped and the sun came out just as we took her to the spot and I was rubbing her ears, tallking to her whilst she was gazing into the distance on alert but giving me her ear. She did not notice the injection but those of you who met her will understand when I say her nervous system took a long time to close down - way after her heart stopped and the eyes had died. Ilsa and me both commented on how this reflects on her character.

Dancer taught me everything I don't know and is the horse that taught me the true path to feel. I am so glad she doesn't have to go through any more stress.

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« Reply #59 on: Feb 22nd, 2010, 09:21am »

Alex, I don't have the words to say what I want though I'm sure others will find exactly what needs to be said. I was very sorry to read your post and I can just say that to me if sounds as if you made the right decision, you did it for her and that's the hardest decision any animal owner can make. She's at peace now and you can transfer the skills she taught you to the others in your care.

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