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« Reply #30 on: Apr 19th, 2011, 09:07am »

I am loving having the horses all at home for the holidays. DUke has been to Pattie and Sophie 4 times but sadly the lesson today is cancelled. I am very proud to have been allowed to ride him there and was allowed a little trot!

I then had a lovely couple of hacks at walk in Tunstall forest with Niki Lynne on her lusitano. They went straight in the trailer together and Zaique was so calm and kind to Duke. For the first time Duke went out ahead but as soon as he was worried he tucked straight behind. Tacking and untacking in a car park was a first. I now know to WD40 my wheel clamp at the end of winter too....

Then of course tragedy struck and poor Zaique has been at deaths door. The vets put the fear of God into us by saying they thought it was grass sickness but it isn't. Zaique has had a little solid food now. Alot of people would have put him down straight away on the initial diagnosis so how lucky it was that William said B****r the cost, try to save him.

Last night , with permission, I turned the B&B pony out with Duke. My problem now is seperating them. He adores her. They eat the same blade of grass. I have walked him in hand with the dogs. and will try to find someone to do that with in Oakham. The hacking lady was away but maybe able to team up next term. So , I am looking forward to getting out and about and one day out of walk!

Whisper and Tilly are looking really good but had very strong seasons and loss of brain cells with Duke returning. They still are a bit hairy as well. We have had no rain and the ground is concrete and the menage too dry. I am revisiting trailer loading with Tilly as I can see alot of resistance there and if I manage to sell her I will need her to get in the trailer to leave.

Ooh man is here to help me strim a stack of nettles. I cannot start the strimmer for love nor money.
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« Reply #31 on: Apr 22nd, 2011, 11:52am »

I think we are all worried now about ground being to
o hard! We ,with most of our fields being new seeds , have little established grass- and horses and cattle fed haylage daily.Luckily the new seeds are growing well, or there ll be no haylage to make!
it fels like riding mid summer , and therefore there should be many shows happening, but of course there arent any at the moment. we have sent our 16.3 2 yr old to a show producing home to campaign the sports horse classes. She s abay filly, so cant really tie in ridden coloured and cob classes for Guinness with young horse in hand classes for her [ well not without a lot of help!] We are getting our 3.5 ton small lorry soon , and the 16.3 girl wouldnt fit in , her head carriage is so high- and will keep growing!
Guinness s schooling sessions in the paddock are kept to about 5 mins , mainly teaching him to move from leg at walk and trot. at times he reverts to his original behaviour of throwing all weight of his head/neck against the rein, but he s improvong. its helping 'shape' him up .
The Horse and Hound forum s no 2 topic thread is
'natural horsemanship-just a circus act?' , and I ve read the 13 pages of comments . Most of which were interesting and sensible , yet there is much anti feeling to N H and a lack of understanding. Parelli and Monty are the only 2 'big' names mentioned and are both revered and d**ned! WE as UK riders seem against[ and perhaps rightly so] the showmanship and salesmanship that outweigh the horsemanship! The 13 pages give agood cross section of views , I think![but also shows the resons why the bulk of riders give N H a wide berth!]
I m off to water all the garden now
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« Reply #32 on: May 7th, 2011, 1:02pm »

Many thanks to all the participants over the 2 days of the Shuttleworth college course. I do hope everyone had an enjoyable and instructive time [ emails suggest they did!] With interested and positive students , it makes teaching a pleasure! A T lessons are 1 to 1 , so a day is soon filled1 I missed all the air show next door , just kept hearing the loop the loops etc through the doors. Again, many thanks , and see some of you at the summer camp.
We left quite abruptly, as 2 cows had calved over the 2 days and we needed to get back and check all was well - indeed it was! Honestly, nearly as nerve wracking as when he had mares to foal!
We have had help this week, to get the DIY stuff done in the cottage, so many many thanks, David. Also, th efencing neighbours are here to make 2 paddocks , 1 to school and one for visitors, or whatever is needed. Water pipes have been laid - ground still rock hard after 2feet dug!
Went for a 2 hr ride this morning - quite muggy and horses sweaty be end. Guinness getting inot the 'better shape' thing to strengthen him up and work better.Of course he d rahter slob along, but is so good various riders have been on him and he behaves impeccably - not bad for a 5 yr old! A young mare we d bred came to have a hack out with us , G flirted all the time , makes me think he was cut late!
Ben however, is feeling his age-19!- and as we re down to 3 horses including him , there nay have to be a fourth as a backup......
This week we ll bring back our new 3.5 tonn horsebox from Cheshire. I m hearing conflicting stories - they re good , theyre not strong enough , a stalllion went through the top, heavy horses buckle the ramps etc. We ll just have to discover for ourselves whether its been a good investment. The old box limped to York machinery sales and found a new home, it had a good engine for many years , but was on its last legs!
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« Reply #33 on: May 9th, 2011, 7:13pm »

"The DIY stuff " Ah, yes; I had a great time with Charlie and Judith (so 'thank you', both) but the transformation since I was there in October is amazing! The bright spring sunshine, rather than the grey autumn clouds and rain, made a big difference but the period house, cottage and the surrounds are so appealing. Those who will be going to Summer Camp 2011 are in for a real treat; if you think that Sinnington would be a hard act to follow, then just wait and see ...

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« Reply #34 on: May 11th, 2011, 8:53pm »

Its our job to thank you!
Today, Charlie finished mucking out the foldyard - now the surface will be laid , and an indoor area- a little bigger than at Sinnington , is about to materialise!It ll be my job to snowcem and bitumen everywhere.
The builders are beginning to make the garden room.I ve asked them to make me a mounting block!
So we re not doing much riding......
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« Reply #35 on: May 15th, 2011, 07:50am »

We now have an indoor school! About the same size as the Sinnington one , laid with wood chip surface - which smells very nice! At least the leylandii trees have come in useful for something.
Our first cottage riding guests come today, so we ll road test new accomodation etc.
The summer camp is full, and we re now starting a waiting list. So taking life a bit easier is not on the cards!
Now our youngsters are off the premises [ one to be sold as backed , one being produced to show as sports horse ], and Ben is retired , I m seriously loking for a skewbald cob gelding for Tessa and I to share. Having trawled the websites saw a nice prospect , but he s sold! Same old story - something decent is snapped up, and the rest are quirky/ugly/too young/too old/dodgy/too dear/too heavy/ not a cob/too far away...and the list goes on. I ll keep you posted.....
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« Reply #36 on: May 23rd, 2011, 2:14pm »

BTW, one of the young horses we bred has unfortunately come up for sale , due to continuing illness of his owner.
He is an unbacked 3 yr old 16.3 chestnut gelding , sports horse type , by Herman out of Duchess [ so a sporthorse rather than a hunter type]. Unspoiled, unshown , but 100% in all ways eg farrier,catching ,leading etc, no vices,just a nice gentleman ready to start his education. Would easily show in sportshorse classes.
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« Reply #37 on: May 29th, 2011, 11:30am »

Everyone is very quiet on the forum here- perhaps you are all out doing many wondeful things!
We now have 250 best quality haylage bales wrapped and stacked - just before the bad weather has come!
Today we went to Hambleton show , to see our 2 yr old Hunter youngstock entry. She was 5th in good campany , and will continue to campaign , including the Yorks show. However, she is now sold and belongs to the people who are showing her!
I do love my showing , and cant wait till Guinness is ready to show. His schooling is continuing , but slowly as w eve been busy with the farm. When he can canter circles, lbalanced and always on the right lead , then we ll be in business!
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« Reply #38 on: Jun 2nd, 2011, 06:49am »

A quick note : I shall be at Somerby R D A centre near Oakham this Sunday June 5th. I am teaching Alexnader Technique in 1to 1 sessions . If anyone is curious about the technique and how it can help the riders position/balance/control do pop along!
Meanwhile, Charlie will be taking Guinness to his first show. That ll be interesting!
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« Reply #39 on: Jun 2nd, 2011, 11:19am »

The Summer Camp is getting closer (only about 6 weeks to go now) so fingers crossed that this fine weather continues, although draining heat is not what we want. It'll be great fun exploring the new area and seeing Ann take Cal on the gallops against the best race horses Yorkshire can offer! My money's on Cal smiley

The July camp is now over-subscribed and as the waiting list was getting rather lengthy we've actually decided to run a second camp in August - a long-weekend 12-14th - and there are a few places still available so if anyone fancies 3 days of 24 hour horsemanship please let me know off group (liz@receptional.com)

In the meantime we're now muzzling Nins 24/7 as she went down with another dose of laminitis last week which scared us. However, as I know Heather will agree, keeping the muzzle on a horse determined to lose it isn't easy. Luckily for us, the dog walkers and bird watchers who use our field, have learnt that if she's got a bucket on then it's meant to be on and we get phone calls from people to say 'I found Nins' bucket on the ground so I've put it......' so we can retrieve it and start the process again! In the past well-meaning people would remove anything they didn't like and abandon it somewhere in the field - in the 20 acre over-grown, bramble-filled, copse strewn field! So it could take days to find it again, but this generation of walkers seem to understand that we don't do these things on a whim.
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« Reply #40 on: Jun 3rd, 2011, 11:51am »

Hi everyone,

My name is Kathy Boyer and I am an Equine Physical Therapist. Judith has asked me to come and talk/demonstrate what I do at one of your lunchtime sessions. I must say that I am really looking forward to it. I saw Charlie give a demonstration to our riding club at Yorkshire Riding Centre and was very impressed! I am to demonstrate a treatment on a horse, I start by looking at the horse at its conformation to look for likely areas of tension and then use touch to 'listen' to the horse.

I just wanted to introduce myself to you and ask if there are any questions or issues that you might like me to cover in the session. please post them here or of course ask me on the day.

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« Reply #41 on: Jun 7th, 2011, 2:35pm »

Hi Kathy, I look forward to meeting you and trying to grasp an inkling of what you do and how you do it, it sounds fascinating.
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« Reply #42 on: Jun 7th, 2011, 2:45pm »

Hello Kathy and welcome to the forum
I would like to know whether you find more work with stabled or grass kept horses? My thought would be that stabled horses are more tense , and therefore need massage regularly? Might it be a very good therapy for horses on box rest?

Guinness dint get to his first show class - he feels quite listless , so is having a little time off to see whether he ll pick up or need treatment.
But I had a very rewarding day teaching A T at Somerby , so many thanks to everyone , especially Alex who organised it all. Certainly being under the infra red drying lights kept us warm and snug!
I ve just taken part in an online survey about hi-viz clothing , and even though I dont where it ever , I can see the reasoning behind the wearing of it!
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« Reply #43 on: Jun 8th, 2011, 12:49pm »

Hi Liz,

Thanks for your comment. The idea is to give a horse one of my treatments and people can watch and ask Q's whilst I work.

I am looking forward to it.

Hi Judith,

Funnily enough it seems to be equal stable kept and field kept horses.

Like you I would have thought that field kept horses would be less likely to injury, being kept more naturally. However we might keep them in as natural state as possible, there is nothing to stop them having 'High Jinks' with each other in the field bucking etc and injuring themselves especially with the rapid changing ground conditions.

Then what do we do? Keep them in the field as natural as possible and then put a saddle and rider on top and ask them to work!!!! My horse is kept out during the summer and then kept in all winter she has got used to it now but it is not the way I would like to keep her. I would keep her out all year if that was possible....

Really looking forward to meeting you, I am very interested in your August Camp too.

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« Reply #44 on: Jun 10th, 2011, 11:52am »

Kathy,also wonder if you do human massage - perhaps we can exchange work ?
Of course Guinness is completely fine now , he just heard us talking about a show and decided to feel 'poorly' for a short while!
yesterday I harrowed the filed that will be used for the summer camp. Hopefully by then it wont be as hard! Theres 5 weeks for the cowmuck to disappear and for grass to get going. For those coming to the camp, the itinerary is with Liz. The second 3 day camp seems quite popular,too!
One thing I must do is update this website.....though theres still building work to do,stables/pens to build,buildings to re roof, fences and gates to finish, before the farm looks its best. We keep showing everyone the view , because thats the best bit at the moment!
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