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« Reply #90 on: Apr 1st, 2010, 09:09am »

First, can I make a bit of a plea about the TAI CHI at summer camp? Following my trip to Jenny Rolfe where some elements of tai chi weere incorporated, I remebered how hard I found a whole session of doing it when I had no idea of the moves or if I was right. Could we do it at a lower level and realy get into the breathing into the movement. Is this posible with white knickers?

Duke: what a horrid day to travel but luckily we loaded in a gap. He went in after a little reluctance. He has never been in a trailer before. I was very unhappy with the feel and so pulled over and checked him. He had taken the pin out of the breast bar and was trying to balance himself without it. No harm done. The YM had fastened that bit and I stupidly didn't double check. Lesson learnt. Rest of journey went well and we phoned to check the horses were in and settled before our arrival. Freya had done it already.

Arrived in wind and rain and this is the problem with him. However, he came out of the trailer in a bit of a rush but not anything difficult. He went straight into the stable and nosedived into his hay. At first he wouldnot come to the door but I let Tilly out to meet him over the door. What a tart! They were soon kissing and seperately I let him meet Rosie in the same way. Yesterday I put him in the stone yard and the girls in the yard. Lots of sqealies all round but it settled. Today a bit exciting getting them to the fields but he is in an electric pen in main firld close to fence and girls finally(!) in next field grazing but not touching. If anyone sees Tilly's brain cells flying past on the wind please catch them and send them back... undecided
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« Reply #91 on: Apr 3rd, 2010, 08:33am »

My next email is to Sandy re tai chi at the camp. She would have come last year, but was on holiday- she is keen to see us again!
I hope Duke is enjoying his holiday home! Whisper is getting regukar work now as Inca is to ridden every day. I escort on W, and soon we ll be going out on the roads. Unfortunately the common opposite our drive has been ploughed , so we ll have to wait until the maize is drilled before we can head up that way.
My liberty work with fiery Welshy very interesting. As with other forward going horses , the only thing to calm her and get through the resistanse is the 'naugty step' corner. She still resists follwing me , but will circle ,back , change direction very easily. Yet she comes to be caught in the field and is very good on line. Just shows , liberty brings out all sorts of hidden things!
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« Reply #92 on: Apr 6th, 2010, 2:03pm »

An update on the summer clinic - only 14 weeks to go smiley Get your white knickers ready and packed!

I heard this morning that two people, who signed up in January, have had to pull out due to divorce and redundancy respectively.

So that opens up the camp to two more people - if anyone knows someone who might like to join us please put them in touch with me.

Vanessa ?? How about it?
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« Reply #93 on: Apr 6th, 2010, 5:20pm »

Hi everybody! Sorry for my abscence - just having tough times - my grandaughter seems to have other health issues in addition to her breathing and hips (the next op for this at the end of the month) as the medics are now concerned about her growth - and my daughter is severely stressed so I've being giving most of my time to them.
I've tried to skim through the posts to catch up with all your news.... and I have good news and bad news! The bad is that I won't be able to make it to Summer camp in July - I'm extremely disappointed (an understatement!) sad but paradoxically it is because of my good news...I start a new job next Mon the 12th and unfortunately I can only take my holidays during school holidays as the job is working in schools with young volunteers. So I shan't be at summer camp sadly. I know you will all miss S's antics!!! shocked but I noticed under courses that there is a 'summer finale' - maybe we can make it to that as it is late Aug? I will miss seeing you all but I'm sure you'll have a great time regardless! grin
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« Reply #94 on: Apr 7th, 2010, 10:05am »

Oh dear, what a worry for the whole family with more complications for your grand-daughter, I'm very sorry to hear that.

Well done for getting a new job but what a shame it rules you out of the summer camp sad as you say, mixed results. Enjoy the new job though!
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« Reply #95 on: Apr 8th, 2010, 10:40am »

Vanessa,I do hope everything is okwith your granddaughter - anything we can do , just say. No greater worry than over children!
But well done wioth the job , hope that goes well.

White knickers are required - tai chi now on for summer camp, on the Saturday.
Only 14 weeks to go - Help!
Now that the weather is improving C and I are getting busier with lessons . The Welsh cob is now being sat on , and I m still working with her at liberty. She has no fear or issues with being backed , but she sometimes decides she cant be bothered with what we ask, and wants to ignore us!
One of our students needs a dead safe steady 14/14.2hh , must be able to cope with nervous rider paragon of virtue type horse or pony. I know horses like this are very hard to find......
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« Reply #96 on: Apr 12th, 2010, 3:40pm »

Another fiesty welshie has arrived ; this time a late cut gelding, who needs extra schooling. On first arrival he seemed unleadable , pulling away, eyes on stalks. However , within a few days he s doing well, but of coutrse for him Yielding and unbracing is the vital thing. It seems innate in these welsh horses that they tense and pull through the neck; a combination of driving in the past and 'flashy' stallions winning and therefore breeding. Adfding 'heat' with each generation!
The other welshy is doing well, ridden in outdoor school. Both these horses are doing their best to cut up my newly rolled fileds....
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« Reply #97 on: Apr 14th, 2010, 2:29pm »

I can empathise with your field. We can't get on ours yet with a tractor to roll it but any excuse is causing some impressive sliding stops by the horses!

We've actually had 3 or 4 dry days so hopefully we can get cracking on the field maintenance jobs soon and even riding looms over the horizon as a possibility! Being a fair weather rider does tend to rule out a lot of the winter, but now it's actually mild occasionally and even dry I can see it happening sooner rather than later!

On a completely different subject - can you bring some 'big green balls' with you to Shuttleworth please? I'll mention it on the forum and see if anyone else wants one - but I'd like one please smiley I can just see the eyes coming out on organ stops at the first sight of a horse eating ball!



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« Reply #98 on: Apr 15th, 2010, 07:55am »

We have 1 ball, and will get more before Shuttleworth.
Our girl gang is now outside all day and night. Rolling continues , just the very wet bits left , still need a few dry days before I risk the tractor.
The welshie mare now ridden round farm , me escorting on Ben. She is forward going as you d imagine , but totally solid ! Even when Trudie got a pheasant in the hedge...
Other Welshie doing well too. He d been ridden [perhaps!?] 'short', and therefore tense. He is now discovering he can relax and stretch down - and what a difference that makes , mentally! he is calm in and out of stable now too , having been used to being led in a dually. Underneath the fiery horse is an intelligent and sane horse!
I had 5 horsesa nd riders for 1 night , they are setting off for 5 days of riding round the N Y Moors - they are going to have perfect weather. Wish I was joining them !
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« Reply #99 on: Apr 19th, 2010, 6:42pm »

After my rather urgent call to Judith for hormonal advice last week, a visit from the homeopathic vet and a good dose of common sense from attending a traditional showing outing but only as the groom ;I feel ready to face the next stage of my journey!

The show was very small and as Niki Lynne pointed out had no tanoy system which made it all very relaxed especially for her horse which is a rescue thoroughbred with quite alot of issues.

I learnt so much and converted the lady in the next trailer to natural horsemanship as well! Result. grin

Excitingly, I am intending to come to the Charlie clinic on saturday which will be The Dukes first outing. I have suddenly realised all the basics I haven't done. cheesy Arrrrrgh! No time now. Finally, I think I know him and as Bill Dorrance says we have a feel of each other. Fasinating handling Tilly whilst Dukey Boy is close. planning very necessary but gosh can that pony move well. I would love to take her to a show but the loading to come home is really stopping me. undecided

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« Reply #100 on: Apr 20th, 2010, 2:53pm »

Spring is bringing out all the equine hormones!
1) At the sorrelcourt stud Herman is being a good boy and has learnt to mount and 'deliver' to the pretend mare. He now knows what to do when he sees the contraption. C and I thought he may have taken exception to it , having done it the natural way for so long.
Duchess, also at Sorrelcourt has had a big coloured colt. C and I are happy that 'our' horsesa re doing well for the Sharpes and Boesman families.
2) The late cut Welshman we have here for schooling likes to think he is a stallion still, and for a while we kept him well away from our boys [ and even further from the girls] However he is now over the fence from boys , and daily Ben has to stride over and remind him who is boss. Welshmen nips Ben on the neck repeatedly, while Ben 'screams' but doeant back off. This goes on until Ben even has to rear infront of the fence to make the peasky boy back off. Today I was creosoting at this bit of fence , and it turned into a liberty session- Welshy wanted me out of his favourite corner ,. and I had to stand my ground and shoosh him away for about 20 minutes!

We are bringing the large play balls down to Shuttleworth, should anyone want one. We both will have a busy weekend there , always enjoyable.
Shuttleworth is our first away clinic this spring , then the following weekend we are at Cramlington, Northuimberland. Hope to see lots of new faces there!

Does anyone know of an N H or at least sympathic to N H yard in the Chesterfield area? Somewhere small, where there is routine and plenty of turnout? Get in touch with us, initially.

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« Reply #101 on: Apr 21st, 2010, 12:20pm »

I love the picture of you trying to paint the fence and Ben trying to subdue the Welshie - and you both achieving your aims using similar tactics.

Hopefully you've got the dry sunny weather the south is enjoying - a cold wind though. It's so nice today that I've called off a visit to the office and intend to re-start some liberty this afternoon with both horses and see if they remember what we were doing last autumn.

Thanks for organising the balls using one of them promises to be rather fun smiley

Not long now to the camp - still space for 2 people so if anybody wants to come or has a friend thinking about coming put them onto me and I'll happily chat to them about what's involved.

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« Reply #102 on: Apr 22nd, 2010, 10:11am »

Yes, I too loved the image of Ben lashing out at the Welsh pony and the combination of liberty and painting. It really needed to be captured on film. Still it was funny enough to read about and brought a smile to my face.

I was also interested to read about Herman and his artificial 'object d'art'. Having watched Holm Grove Krug perform with a similar one, it had occurred to me then that it was not exactly mare-like, and I wondered what made it 'attractive'. Still puzzled, I watched 'House' a medical drama wherein someone had got their privates stuck in a vacuum suction pipe, so just put it down to the fact that entires are attracted to anything with an orrifice however bizarre it may look. Still, I am glad he is happy and producing good stock.

Liz. I can think of at least two people who are desperate to come to Yorkshire, but the trouble is that nobody (or at least, 99.9% of my friends) have no money.

I too have abandoned work in favour of a liberty session this afternoon. First since last year. It is all very comfotable, we have a patio set round the edge of the roundpen at the bottom of the field and luckily, I was given a primus stove for my Birthday, so we can make tea whilst Carol critiques me, then I critique her.
Great fun until our farmer arrives to see what we are up to now.

Looking forward to seeing everyone at the weekend.
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« Reply #103 on: Apr 25th, 2010, 8:28pm »

Many thanks to everyone for this past wekend , you kept C and I very busy - but it was very rewarding!! As usual I saw hardly anything of the riding and horses, apart from a window out of my 'treatment room' into the arena. Always nice to see old friends at Shuttleworth, and met some new people and hosses too.
So, having come back full of joy , we find phone messages from our friend who has old Polly as companion to her pony - Polly very lame on her 'worst' leg , so vet will call tomorrow. Our frind had to put down a youngish horse lately [ hence Polly as companion] , the last thing she needs is another unhappy event at her place.
So we are brought down to earth in no uncertain terms. But still, we had a super weekend , and a hreartfelt thank you to all students of N H and A T!!
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« Reply #104 on: Apr 25th, 2010, 8:29pm »

PS, yes , stallions , bulls etc , are just as keen on their 'blow-up dolls' as men!! Anything will do as long as it stands still!!
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