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« Reply #60 on: Feb 22nd, 2010, 10:24am »

I am so very, very sorry Alex. The loss of any horse is the most utterly tragic event imaginable but none more so than the one that has taught you some great truth.

I am not surprised that her spirit lingered. So did Goldie's. It was the tremendous life force that existed within Dancer and Goldie which kept them moving long after their hearts had stopped beating.

There is little more that anyone can say at such a dreadful time, but know that I shall be thinking of you and saying a prayer for the beautiful, troubled live wire that was Dancer.

All my special love goes to you Alex.
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« Reply #61 on: Feb 22nd, 2010, 11:21am »

Hi Alex,

I am so very sorry to hear your news, you made the right decision for Dancer & I'm sure she will always hold
that special place in your heart.

My thoughts & prayers are with you,
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« Reply #62 on: Feb 25th, 2010, 7:42pm »

This is indeed a sad time for you , Alex, but it the ultimate responsibility we have to have and do the right thing , no matter how hard for us.I m sorry it has been been news to read here , on my first ckeck in since we left .
Here in N Z it has been a dry summer and still very warm. We arrived at Kathies yesterday pm , after leaving on 21st. Have had various stops , and a lot of long flights , but we should now recover and enjoy this lovely scenery. Very like a giant lake district! Have nt seen many horses , and what we see are tb types , looking fit and lean.
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, if we did tai chi it would be with white knickers again - she was unavailable last summer , but has since been in touch to remind me she would like to see us again!
As we have a Unicorn trail director in our midst, perhaps she would like to talk about the various world riding holidays available?
Our farm sitter has already had a Trudie episode, but dog returned home at 11 pm! I dont like the sound of the uk weather , here its in the 70 s and most pleasant!
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« Reply #63 on: Feb 26th, 2010, 07:39am »

White knickers? what exactly did you get up to on that course...? Has anyone thought it might be a good idea to have a local historian to give us a talk on Sinnington's history and owners? I have already looked this up on the internet, and it is fascinating. It might just give you/us a rest from 'white knickers' whomever she may be.

I have a godson in Rotarua Judith, there is an arfield there with WW2 aircraft which godson's Dad flies when he is not doing his commercial stuff with ANZ. That is about the sum total of my knowledge of NZ. That and the fact that it has a lot of sheep.

How lucky you are to have 70 degrees. Today we have lashing rain (which has been going all night) and howling gales. The next door farm to us has stopped all horses being turned out. The fields are sodden. Our farmer has said that he has never ever seen the fields so wet, so I hope that we are not going to suffer the same fate.

New trailer has been damaged already. It has never left the yard yet, but having practiced and practiced loading with our two - who happily load at liberty now and even park themselves side by side - it has taken its toll on the ramp. It is filthy and splatterd with poo. I swear they are happier to go in now because they have scent marked it. Anyway, I have rather rashly offered two people a lift to Charlie's Saturday clinic in April. Mistake. Big mistake. One neddy loads beautifully now, but the other one is going to be more of a problem. Spent 4 hours yesterday trying to get her on. She pawed, pulled back, stomped about, hit her head on the top, kicked out at us. We both got her on but, she then exists fast. Poor box. Sadly, we are going to have to repeat the process until she is calm and happy.

This reminds me. Someone has started a horse-specific radio internet station. www.talkinghorse.co.uk, or com, as far as I remember. Anyway, Carol and I have been asked to do an hour's slot. We have been desperately trying to find a subject that will not offend the masses with our opinions. Not easy. Any suggestions welcome.

Have a fab time in NZ. Are you enjoying having clean fingernails and smelling pleasant all day? I am always amazed at how clean I become on holiday. Chlorine and salt water do wonders for the inground muck at the bottom of the nails! Oh yes, Judith: I do hope that you remembered to insure C before you left. He is bound to find something 'exciting' to do.

Have fun and think of us in the U.K. weather - of which there is lots.



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« Reply #64 on: Feb 26th, 2010, 1:37pm »

I think we've got to have White Knickers - she's a hoot and you'll find it very instructive laugh Having said that, I fully intend to have a headache that day,you know how uncomfortable I am at 'crowd participation'!

We've lost our shiatsu demonstrators as I understand that neither Fiona nor Estelle will be able to make it this year sad

Whilst the idea of a talk from one of the Unicorn Trails directors is constructive, sadly one lives in Bedfordshire and the other in Hertfordshire, not ideal for popping over to give us a talk one lunchtime sad But I did like the idea of Judith organising for someone to bring over a chocolate fountain for us to test!

I wonder if there's a local aromatherapist who we could find to come over? That's such a fascinating subject and I, for one, would love to know more about it.

Heather, as there's still a place left on the clinic why not ask your chum with the internet radio if she fancies coming for the week - then she could give us a talk about how that works...and interview Charlie for the radio at the same time?!

David and I went with Carole L to an evening organised by the Beds Wildlife Trust last night which featured a Dr Elizabeth somebody and a homeopathic vet called Chris Day from Oxfordshire. The purpose of their talks was to educate us about pasture management and point out the type of sward and environment to aim for. Never fertilising with nitrogen was rammed home as that increases greenery and sugars (good for cattle) but reduces fibre (bad for horses). I thought we had a reasonably good set up (more by luck/inheritance than management, though having a soil scientist in the household helps) but listening to the two speakers definitely gave me pause for thought and ideas of how to improve what we have. If you find it promoted near you I would thoroughly recommend going along.

Well done for surviving the long flights - not much fun are they sad Hope NZ stays lovely and warm for you - has C conquered any mountains yet? My niece lives in Auckland but says that the south island (where you are?) is very different and like England in the 1950s and has the most gorgeous scenery. Enjoy exploring it all.

It has finally stopped raining here now and there's even a hint of blue skies. Having spent ages brushing and scraping the mud out of Claude yesterday morning - I was knee deep in hair after just 10 minutes, which the rooks will no doubt be delighted to use - last night he was black, he'd obviously rolled and rolled and rolled. He definitely did not want to be a clean (ish) white horse but forcibly reminded me of his long-standing ambition to be coloured various shades of mud!

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« Reply #65 on: Feb 27th, 2010, 09:11am »

'Crowd Participation?' What on EARTH will be happening? Are you considering selling tickets for this event? and does it involve stripping down to one's undergarments? ALL my knickers are industrial sized, white stretchy jobs, but I would not want to strip down to them for the amusement of onlookers. I think this needs rethinking. Either that, or I will watch too!

With the demise of Fiona and Estelle, I will certainly ask around our yard to see who would like to come to camp with H and I. Last year I took Chips to keep H company on the long haul drive. I have two candidates to set my sights on now. Siobhan and Cindy. Little do they know what awaits them this afternoon...!

The nitrogen information is not new to us, but we cannot stop our farmer from spreading this stuff on our fields. Every year we have the same old battle, and every year we get this bright green early flush that is soooo dangerous.

To those languishing in the tropics... we have warning tomorrow of a huge storm coming our way with lashing rain and howling gales. Just thought you would like to know - and perhaps have a giggle whilst sipping the Daquari's on the veranda in 70 degrees. It started to rain again last night and did not stop until 9 this morning. We have two rivers running down our field this morning. The Lord alone know what it will be like after tomorrow's deluge.

Watch for that gyser when crossing the rocks, won't you?!
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« Reply #66 on: Feb 28th, 2010, 7:42pm »

Today we are joining the uk in having rain.Suprisingly is seems to be sunny at the same time...
We are still a horse free pair , Kathie trying to arrange a ride for us in exchange for C giving a lesson to a local girl. Yesterday, we crossed the lake on a steam ship ...and fed sheep and deer by hand. I love deer, and had toyed with the idea of getting a reindeer to do the xmas stuff with [ and therefore earn its keep] - it would have been useful this year with all the snow! The deer yest were red deer, and so fat with a couple of hundred tourists giving them nuts daily.
I also had a shiatsu massage by the waterfront, as 2 girls had set up tables as part of the sunday market...my shoulders and neck are sore today!
I d be interested to see what I could find on our place on internet ; over the years we ve met people with various stories, and I have a book of them all. We know all the owners from building in 1790 even pictures of 1 from 1912, another family from 1920s and their relatives in 1940s.,but the single most interesting thing we have [ for me] is the farmstock sale poster of 1865, detailing all animals and machinery for sale.
We re going to some vinyards today, and look at the railway line we d hoped to cycle - all accomodation along the 90 miles booked up. However, as it raining , perhaps we re better off in a car!
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« Reply #67 on: Mar 6th, 2010, 05:29am »

No one is keeping in touch! I do like to hear how things are in uk!
Today we went to an agricultural show in Invercargill.But the horse classes were on the level [ or lower] of the smallest riding club show! If you could get your horse to stand quietly i the middle you d have got a prize ...and lame ones werent spun either. Dress of riders rarely random - dressage top hats or showjumping helmets , plus any sort of jacket and tack you might have! Horses were a very mixed bunch , from tb types to welsh cobs - all in the same classes! A couple were as badly behaved as Wills , plunge/rear when has to stop , yet still got rossettes - or rather ribbons that tied around the horses neck.
I believe the weather is getting better? Its been lovely today , but rained yest. Been doing agricultural things - watched the massive sheep milk operation , and a dairy herd operation today. Miss the cows!
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« Reply #68 on: Mar 6th, 2010, 08:47am »

Miss the cows? what about the neds? Yes, the weather IS getting better we now have sun and 5 degrees at the moment, going up to 10. The horses have got their rugs off and are having a lovely time bathing in the apalling mud and water which is still lying in our fields.

The horse show sounds frightful. I wonder whether it was a little local show or a 'proper' show? What class was it that had tb's and welsh cobs in? Still, I bet it was great fun watching it all going on.

Went to see Mrs Lockyer yesterday with H and T in the new box. The boys travelled well and we had a lovely ground session in the sun followed by a delicious lunch and steaming mugs of tea. It was bitterly cold on the side of the hill, but at least the sun was out. Whilst we were having lunch we watched a Video of Carole's and my first ever clinic with Charlie at Dennise's stud in Gamlingay. It was shot in 1994. We all looked considerably younger. I remember it was my first time riding without a bit. Scary! and there was an airshow going on whilst the clinic was in progress. Happy Days.

The grass is coming through, which is not good as both neds came in the day before yesterday with loose bowels. Back to the grazing masks. Oh how I wish there was a simple solution to keeping one's ned from getting laminitis.

Carole and I were talking about the summer camp and making plans. I am taking Mac up to Yorkshire with H, so at least that will be company for each other. Trouble is that Carol has plans for filling the living quarters of my new box with 'stuff'. This is to be vigorously discouraged.

Birds are singing spring songs, one of the hens is broody, snowdrops and crocuses all in full bloom and the daffys are shooting through at a rate of knots. All the trees and shrubs have buds on now, so not long.

I am hacking out with Tanya tomorrow morning, doing the 'triangle' or possibly the 'village loop' ride, which is especially reserved for Sundays so neddy world is returning to normal - whatever that may be.

Have fun in warmer sun than we are getting (I'm NOT complaining!)

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« Reply #69 on: Mar 8th, 2010, 12:43pm »

GREAT THAT YOU ARE OUT AND ABOUT IN THE NEW TRAiler Taildragger. How is the towing once loaded?

I continue to be challenged in my equitation by my new boy but I am still enjoying it. Now I have done my errands I am about to don more thermals and deal with him again. It was minus 8 degrees here early this morning!

I decided to join in and get the visiting instructor to ride Duke each wednesday. The chap is a nice rider and I realised that it would push Duke but the chaps timing is so good and he is so quiet in his riding I thoughtthis would be good. He did take Duke to canter before I expected and Duke felt it alot the next day. I think walk and trot would have been enough, however, I decided to go forward as Duke still improved. He told me to canter as much as possible but neither Jean nor I thought he is balanced enough and he is changing before our eyes. So I decided to ride him concentrating on staightness nad forwardness and deal with the canter on line for the time being.

So, said instructor hurt his back and isn't riding . I therefore had 2 lessons with me riding. The first went well and improved us both. After it I had another pole lesson with Jean and put the 2 lesson together. Alot learnt. Then I had the second lesson. I was just thinking that I would like to give the rein to Duke to reward when Chris called to me to hold the contact and face him to the outside but keeping the same contact. Then Duke said no - loudly. He stated to refuse to go forwards; napp dramatically, spook and rush backwards and sidewards. The difficulty is when in a lesson you have already given yourself to the instructor and as I needed to ride the moment I continued. With the 20/20 hindsight I would have stopped, lunged him and then got on again if I had been alone. I was pleased with myself as to how I dealt with it but Duke expressed himself for the next few days and won't go into the bottom of the indoor school at all!!!!!!

Reading some old masters over the weekend I have got my plan in mind and shall not have a lesson with the instructor for a while until Duke is well able to cope. How difficult is is to cherry pick the bits you want.

Although sunday was nice and sunny I looked at Tilly basking in the sun covered in mud and decided to clean the greenhouse instead and leave the mud chipping for another day.

I was asked to show another livery owner some ground work on friday nad what fun we had. The lady is a GP and in her training she was complimented on the quality of her body language and her understanding of others. This showed in her handling and and how quickly she reacted and got what it is all about. The horse loved it and showed some fascinating behaviours which Janice felt explained what was happing on board.

NZ sounds intersting and how lovely to be seeing so much. I think I would like to enter that horse show as it seems totally my level and I could qualify for lots of prizes.
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« Reply #70 on: Mar 9th, 2010, 07:58am »

Tows very well. Horses seem to be happy too. I am however, very glad that I have the 3.5 V6 LWB to tow with. The tow vehicle certainly notices the extra weight.

I agree with you about cherry picking. How lovely it would be to just stop when you disagree and move on to the next bit of the lesson, but people get so upset and feel the need to justify their position and then, 9 times out of 10 it is easier to capitulate and deal with it later. How good it would be if the instructors - sometimes - listened to the needs and wants of the pupil.

I am currently fascinated with H. He has started to change physically. His barrel has widened and his stomach has released. (No. I am not talking about how fat he is) I have been told by Dena Schwartz the herbalist and Sarah Wale our Shiatsu practitioner that he has a tight band around his stomach where he holds himself together - where other horses would react openly -. Anyway, this seems to have let go to a greater or lesser degree. He is also interacting with me on a much more interested and reactive level. There are many other small changes going on, but I could probably write forever and I need a bath after morning stables and before going to work. (d**n, the sun is shining, what a waste of time!)

I went to look at a friend's foal yesterday and learned that Ken Faulkner had a very bad accident last year. Poor old boy.

More news (I think, I cant remember whether I have mentioned this or not) Carol and I have been invited to do an hour's slot, once a week on the new 'talking horse radio'. We are meeting some techie -type bods next week to see what they want us to do. Initially we were asked to just chat as we do at the yard, but thinking about it, this might not be such a good idea. We have our own, very clear, opinions on what is right and what is wrong, so it should create instant hostility from a good 80% of the listeners! We think we will broadcast under an alias, just to protect ourselves from the wrath of the people who disagree with us. Any suggestions? Personally, I like Ezmirelda Fitzplunkett.

Hope the weather is still warm and tropical in NZ and that you have both managed to do some exciting 'stuff' - how did Charlie's mountain climb go? hx

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« Reply #71 on: Mar 10th, 2010, 07:44am »

Fields definately drying out. Still dry weather. At 0630 it was 5 degress but felt much warmer. Coat, gloves and hat finally off. Down to two sweaters and chaps!

It is breaking daylight at around 5.30 and on Monday the wolls (owls) were wolling like billio and the bunnies were a-hoppin' and the Avenue's (The Avenue being our field. Part of the old mile long driveway to a stately home) resident muntjac seems to have acquired herself a pal. That is not all. We have a yard goosey. He is exceptionally noisy, bad tempered and irrascible to a degree. Anyway, goosey has got a lady pal. She is Chinese and very beautiful. She has a habit of standing still, honking like mad, flapping her wings and paddling up and down on the spot. Thus we have christened her 'Edith 'as she Piaffes so beautifully! Goosey is utterly smitten and we are expecting a yard full of goslings before too long.

That's it from an overcast but very much improved, weather-wise U.K. When are you back?
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« Reply #72 on: Mar 10th, 2010, 08:53am »

kissLove the alias name but surely anyone pontificating on horses should be double barrelled. Make sure you keep the head scarf firmly knotted on the chin at all times, otherwise no one will take you seriously. I think on the whole you can chose the colour of your Knickers on radio.

On a more serious note I think I said things had gone to pot after a trad lesson and since then I have been reading a super book written on the German training tree which gave me many reminders to stick to my principles. I have been dipping into it before but I have started at the beginning again and noted particulrly that it takes 2 years to do the training tree and the first step is relaxation. I realise we have gone backwards on this so theres my work for the week.

Yesterday things went interestingly. Once he decided that the session was long enough then he went straight to spook and napp mode that had developed in the said lesson. I used our methods of a small circle with gentle aids until he went forward nudging where I wanted him to go. I got him to listen and we agreed on a short trot on both reins to finish.

What I leant better that session was the use of my lovely Sprenger stirrup irons. I adore them. I got them half price thank goodness. They realy help you to flex your whole leg in trot and I can ride forwards better.

In particular, I find them brilliant to make turns. Because there is a give in them, when you weight the outside stirrup holding the inside leg passive the design assists your seat bones to apply the aid. I discovered this as Duke was being so evasive I took both legs away from his sides and then when I felt a slight give in his body I layed them both on for forward. At this time we could have been going in any direction. I then developed it to turns and to getting a bend on a circle which does have lots of sraight bits so that he listens to a reapplication of aids.

The quickness of the response was amazing and I could feel the weighting of my seat bones without tension or forcing. I am working at finessing it and I do think this will be a real step forward in my riding.

Heather, I am so interested in the change in H. I am bringing my boy home for Easter and would love to have your lady over. Can you let me have her number?
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« Reply #73 on: Mar 10th, 2010, 5:43pm »

Yes, she is Sarah Wale and runs the UK Shiatsu school for horses and humans right here in Beds. 01462 811933. H has been having Shiatsu regularly for 3 years now, so this is a gradual unfolding of a story as he becomes more and more relaxed with me.

Anyway, good luck and give me your feedback, or if you would prefer to watch it before trying, let me know and come over and watch the magic being performed.
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« Reply #74 on: Mar 11th, 2010, 03:52am »

We re back!
I m going to offer my thoughts on our trekking - just as a contrast to what I m used to. Many years ago I did lead rides , not at these speeds.
Kathie had booked 2 1/2 hrs for us , somewhere in rain forest and beach near Puki? something. She came too.Charlie was given a greenish 5 yr old tb. I had a pacer standard bred , who would trot , pace then 'run' - ie gallop flat out. Owner and a trainee girl came with us , and as we soon got talking on all things horse we got a longer ride ......
The owner was in control of all horses' paces. GEETTTUUPPP and we were off. There are no hand canters , after the command we were full pelt , on standardbred /tb horses along hard tracks or undulating long grass. I ve not been so fast for a decade! You just had to let the horses do their thing , they were waiting for the SLOOWWWDOOWNN command , and they just stopped nicely!
These commands were tested when we ended the ride on a shortish beach , all the horses knew the form and were ready fro the off. Kathie , whom I ve never seen gallop in my whole life led the flat out race , and said afterwards it was no faster than snowboarding.To me it was amazing that near the ned of the beach , on command they pulled up and went back to walk so quickly .
I felt very unfit - these horses are hard fit , and very unlike Ben! Their head carriage is very low , and everything is off a contact .The owner likes horses to have a job ,and the whole thing made me think I m unfit and not challenging myself very much.[ however, Guinness may change all that!]
The lack of riding country in the uk is such a problem- busy roads mean we get reliant on schools and schooling , whereas horses can go for hours quite happily.As the owner said ' horses need a job'.
Sorry , Alex, that things with Duke arent quite so good - C says give us a ring once we re home , if you wish to. We re always happy to help, if we can!
We re going to Wananka show tomorrow - today came past the showground , horses seem to be on long hitching posts already , presumably for the whole night? I think we cossett our horses !
Glad there has been some sunshine, even if its still cold . WE ve been very lucky with the weather , warm and sunny for days, even in the rainforest!
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