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« Reply #75 on: Aug 26th, 2011, 3:56pm »

Many thanks for all your help , memory sticks/discs are a great way of remembering what you ve acheived , very grateful you for putting all the pics together. Its raining so hard its reminding me of first camp!
Just to remind me that horses can be difficult , when we called in on old friends in Oxon yesterday, 1 daughter had had several nasty falls from a young warmblood [ he was a beautiful chesnut with 4 white legs , but not keen on his ridden work. Was itching to discuss N H , but refrained....], and her sister still has a deep scar from a broken shoulder over a yr ago.
Reading western magazines at my sister inlaw, I was upset to read a series of srticles on backing 2 year olds for western riding. Great, just what we need- immature bones and joints carrying lots of weight ,doing the beginnings of the dreadful'peanut roller' ridng and tight turns!
Is there anyone from the Oxon area on this forum who would like a clinic , nr Chipping Morton? Great facilities - 2 large outdoor schools, indoor school,lots of jumps and 400 acres to ride around. Not sure if we ve got any N H ers around there - if any are lurking ,please make yourselves known!
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« Reply #76 on: Sep 11th, 2011, 6:59pm »

Things very quiet on the forum here! I know its autumn , but too soon for hibernation!
We ended our very short showing season at the Gt Yorks showground - hallowed turf in that glorious main arena!- getting a reserve Champoin with Guinness at the NPS show. This time he struck off on correct lead each time , and now is much smoother in his trot/canter transitions.
Now he s had a couple of weeks off while we were away and then had family staying , so now he s to be fittened motre for charlie to hunt over the winter. He is a naturally laid back and lazy horse, so this will hopefully perk him up and strengthen his top line.
We have a young horse to handle , and I ve been doing liberty with her, and her owner. My favourite 'discipline'! It has helped her attitude already - she could be a bit pushy.
Otherwise, Charlie still going out to teach , and farm work has been busy - putting in barriers for cattle and horse accomodation and getting second cut haylage in - made very nicely last week , when it was dry for 5 days.
Requests for horses - has anyone got a 15hh -15.2 [ brred/sex not an issue], that could do a bit of everything ? Limited funds , keen and experienced rider/home - jumping ability a bonus.
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« Reply #77 on: Sep 20th, 2011, 5:06pm »

I've got almost all the pictures pulled together now for the two camps - and when I've got the final lot downloaded then I'll make a start on copying them onto the CDs and posting them out to everyone. Looking at them all this afternoon as I've been downloading some (sssh! I was meant to working!) it brought back so many memories of people, their horses and how well everyone did at the two camps. (We're looking at having two again next year, but not a word to Judith or Charlie yet!)

My big news is that I'm now the proud owner of a Registered Irish Draught who I'm told has superb breeding, but he hasn't got his dad's looks is allI can say from the current state of him! He arrived on Sunday and was very cool, calm and collected when he sauntered off the trailer after a 3 hour trip up from Kent. After two days on his own (but meeting/seeing the others over the fence) I put him in the field with them at lunchtime today and other than a few squeals and front feet strikes from Nins (miles away from him!) it went very peacefully - thank goodness! So tomorrow I'll try sitting on him for a little while and then I begin the introduction to NH. The poor chap is dreadfully, and I mean horribly, underweight but I reckon 20 acres of good grass, coming in for hard feed and haynets every day will sort that out - at the moment he's very close to being a cruelty/neglect case embarassed

I don't know much about his history - the story (I use that word advisedly) seems to change and get vaguer whenever I spoke to the lady selling him.

Enough of me blathering about Blake - I'm determined to change that name - what's everyone else up to at the moment?

Vanessa - how's that little monster, sorry little poppet, of yours?


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« Reply #78 on: Sep 21st, 2011, 08:37am »

It is very good news that you found the horse you ve been looking for - you only ooked for sa few months , so you did very well! To get one of the right temperamnet, age, colour,size and breed within that time frame is miraculous! Looking forward to hearing the progress with him.

I went to see Guinness the other day - he wasnt bothered about it , just happily garazed. He retiurns today after some jumping schooling with Charlies collegue Sarah Bell , at Rose farm , near Huby. Sarah has a business bcking/schooling horses , but also has a hydrotherapy 'baths' for horses. This is used by all the local racehorse trainers , to help keep TB legs /tendons/ligaments cool and healthy. She loves Guinness , who has a good Irish jump in him! He ll be able to jump the hunt jumps across the Wolds - the best galloping country of the Middleton hunt.
Our 4 yr old reurned from her summer away being backed and schooled. She is a different horse - well muscled , moves beautifully and has eaten the Sorrelcourt stud out of house and home! I think these 17hhers have hollow legs. Although she hadnt seen Polly for approx 2 years , she wanted to be her pal immediately. Unfortunately the N F we have for handling also wants Polly as her pal - ending up with Cameo being kicked.....
Polly is 26 and looking her age. However , she has developed a love affair with Barney Topper - who was a stallion till he was 5. Polly is now in season and only has eyes for Topper - and he has a twinkle in his eye too!
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« Reply #79 on: Sep 28th, 2011, 1:55pm »

Hi - it certainly is quiet on here! This wonderful Indian summer weather must have everyone off out riding!
My abscence on here has been a catalogue of disastrous events - most of which we are still recovering from! - I'll briefly recount but it's a long story (aren't they always?!!)
Liz, how's your brilliant new addition? Hope the intro to NH is going well and Blake(?) is settled into life with you. Try not to feed him up too much too fast! - these IDs can grow so big and they need to take it slowly. I have a couple of friends who got young undefed IDs and fed them up too quickly - bone problems ensued embarassed
Judith, it sounds like your horse count has grown again?! I'm assuming Polly is back with you again from your tale of Cameo being kicked. Hope they are all settled now. How's the little calf that was being injected whilst we were at summer camp? I hope all is good for him and he's back with the herd now.
My tale of woe began with me contracting food poisoning whilst on a work trip to London - it pole-axed me and I lived on water only for a week. I had to put my ponies on full livery as the farthest I could walk was to the loo from my bed! Last thurs I got a call to say S had injured himself coming in from the field - dragging myself out of bed I went to see - finding a very shocked S with a nasty puncture wound mid way up his cannon bone - I suspected more to it and immediately called the vet. To cut to the chase, the wound tracked down inside his leg (wire or piece of wood vet suggested as the cause) and there was a worry it had punctured the joint capsule. The following morning I found S flat out in his stable - colicing. 3 vet visits later - sedation, painkillers, antibiotics, x rays, tubing, needle in the abdomen, arm up the backend and one very subdued S, he started making a recovery and eating and drinking more normally. X ray showed wound just short of the joint but the vet says he has known cases which flare up into the joint as healing starts so we are on watch for a month at least. I'm hopeful it will heal well as he's a fit young thing - unlike me who will take ages to get over my illness! Vet's prognosis - optimistic!
So Liz, at the moment he is my poppet and no monster behaviour is evident! We are all ill on a lump!! I do hope that we have a more sedate autumn from now on! I can't wait to see the pictures from summer camp - lots of happy memories smiley
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« Reply #80 on: Sep 29th, 2011, 9:23pm »

Vanessa- poor you!Bad food poisining is just awful. Hope you get well soon.
And I do hope S gets better - tho no doubt he ll soon be back o his usual naughtiness when he s better.Perdita, also from 2nd camp, has had a similar accident - she got a thorn in her knee which threatened the joint. she is well on the mend. So I m sure your boy will recover. Once we had a youngster with the smallest puncture wound [ so small it couldnt be seen] - straight into his fetlock joint, but luckily it was seen straightaway and then flushed out. He recovered without a mark- but it did cost more than he was worth!
The cattle are fine. The young calf from second camp is ot with mum , and he loves him and feeds him well. The ill calf from first summer camp - named nappy rash for obvious reasons- is also rowing well. His nappy rash regrew into black hair, so has a black stripe dowm his bottom!His mum didnt have much milk, so nappy rash attached himself to the next heifer who calved - realising if he kept close to her calf he could get a feed. its like they re twins.
We have 1 cow and 2 calves insde - old Johns with the bad shoulder. She was kind enough to adopt the orphaned calf [ now known as Annie - we ll be keeping her as a cow, as shes so tame and special], but need s extra feeding , and keeping away from the bull. He knocked her to the ground last time she was in season. At last all the gates are cut and fitted fro the cattle , just the horse pens to do now.

This Saturday we re at Shuttleworth, and hope to see friends old and new there.Apparenetly it ll be in the 80s - which will be a welcome change - most Oct days there are freezing!I have a couple of spare A T slots , if anyone would like one. You dont have to bring a horse!
My massage course is proving interesting - its so different to A T - I thought it would be fairly simlar - hands on etc , but they are 2 different skills. I can now massage hand & arm , and shoulder& neck ...already we trainee masseuses are finding people are keen to be given a massage , but apart from in class we dont get any for ourselves!

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« Reply #81 on: Oct 2nd, 2011, 6:08pm »

Had such a hot day at Shuttleworth-I had to have blinds down and doors shut to keep the heat out! Many thanks ,as usual, to Liz, without whom these clinics wouldnt happen. We hope you all had a good day and progressed along the horsemanship and A T 'path '. Its always good to meet new horses , and see ones we ve not seen for a while.
Liz, lets here all your progress with the new horse Milo. A new horse is always an exiting venture- and we hope it all goes well.
have friend still needing a 14.3-15.2 to do all riding club things. farm home with other horses.ring 01439748233 if you have anything suitable. One of their 2 horses has very sudden onset of COPD , so muchso that the mare can only hack gently from now on.
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« Reply #82 on: Oct 12th, 2011, 07:20am »

filled the ifrst haynets yesterday, rolled out the big bale straw, and had 2 horses indoors last night. The winter routine starts now!
In this dreadful weather, Guinness was hogged and bathed , and today \Charlie has gone to a neighbouring farm for a pre hunting morning. I d hoped to go on the bike and watch , but its better here in the house1
The cattle are looking very sorry for themselves and the ground now sodden.Roll on next spring?!
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« Reply #83 on: Oct 12th, 2011, 1:11pm »

Oh Vanessa - you poor thing, what a drama. Fingers crossed you and Strider are much better now?
I hesitate to say this, after Judith's posting about such awful weather, but the sun is shining here and I'm heading home from the office very soon to take Milo (not Murphy or Blake) for another walk around the village. The plan today is to go without David and repeat the route we took last time and see how he reacts. The wind was like a gale last week so hopefully that explained the sideways trotting and general bounciness! I learnt that, when he chooses, he has the most incredibly fast walk!
What do you do at a pre hunt meeting? Is it about standing around whilst hundreds of hounds mill around. It all sounds like a good education for Guinness. Has been been jumping any more 5 bar gates lately?
I've nearly got all the pictures from those kind people who let me borrow their cameras at the two camps so will be able to download them onto discs soon.
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« Reply #84 on: Oct 13th, 2011, 07:15am »

Charlie and Guinnes returned from the pre hunting soaked t the skin! They were out 3 hours with 20 other horses, floowing hounds . mainly the hounds were in miscanthas grass- loud swishing as they came near then milling around the horses' feet. Guinness was nt the only 5 yr old - but he stood like a rock during the miscanthus times , but a little strong going bewteen the fields/woods. Guinness isnt a fan of dogs , and once chased poor Treacle out of the field, so to accept the hounds around his feet was very good! Its 28 years since C went with the Middleton , yet knew quite a few of the other riders! He was even complimented on not looking his age!!
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« Reply #85 on: Oct 24th, 2011, 7:44pm »

Hello everyone!!!!

Sounds like it's all been going on round there!!!!!!!

Vanessa, how is poor Shuh?

Am in need of major motivation fix so Liz, as soon as those pics are ready, please can I have a copyhuh!!!! Ed just seems to have gone back to square one and it's SOOOOO frustrating!!!!!!!!

Winter coming too quickly means less time spent doing stuff and more time working - BOOOOOO!!!!!!!!

Anyways, hope all is well!!!

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« Reply #86 on: Oct 25th, 2011, 2:34pm »

Well, Gary and I just got back from a few days in Yorkshire!

We took advantage of half term and George away on a school trip to meet up in Durham and spend the night seeing Freya and helping her sort some things in her room before heading south for 2 nights in Hawnby. Gary after some persuasion, left the motorway and we took a scenic route. The road between Osmotherly and Hawnby was definately scenic and the Bentley survived meeting the school bus but it was a close shave with the school taxi service!

Wonderful walking and food and Gary really liked Helmsley and the castle. We did the Abbey and York Minster on the way home and arrived back exhausted.

Horse wise I have been on an amazing weekend with Duke, well out of my comfort zone, to a clinic with one of Philip Karl's teachers. Duke has come on this summer but annoyingly became very fit and over sensitive which wrecked some of our earlier work. I am busy dumbing him down again!
Birgit was a lovely teacher and it was so interesting to see her apply the PK work but not be a slave to it. Each rider had the lesson they needed and we all felt we had been tested.Birgit wanted to take Duke home. Her advice was very helpful and I have alot of homework.
I am still up to my eyes in all my Mother -in-law's stuff and don't really know how to do the next bit of clearing up as the auction of some of her bits was very disappointing but where to store it all? Dealing with Gary's difficult sister and obnoxious husband is very exhausting and thankless. Getting verbally abused down the phone by him when you've just filled your 3rd skip and called a thief and some words even I don't know the meaning of makes you sorry not to be living in an honour killing acceptable State! I drive through Chipping Norton as quickly as possible hoping not to bump into them! Or as quickly as possible hoping to bump into them very hard!!!
My farrier did a brilliant job yesterday in trimming and shoeing whilst the farmer next door slashed the hedges not done for 6 years. Timing!
Just going out to really groom Tilly and ride and groom Whisper before the teenager moans for another large meal It's never ending conveyor belt.



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« Reply #87 on: Oct 25th, 2011, 3:27pm »

You should have called in to see us! We d have loved to have seen you . And that goes for any students/friends that are passing - you re more than welcome to pop in.
I know what you mean about selling furnture- you d expect antiques to keep some value - until you actually have to sell them. We sold a few things a t Tennants recently , but hardly worth doing. We are desperate for an emormous library type open shelved bookcase to fit in the passage to garden room.
Interesting that you had a good weekend with a PK teacher tell us more - but not suprised she wanted to take Duke - he has 'classical horse' written all over him. Function follows farm - so he ll find the fancy stuff so easy to do.
We now have lights and electrics in the buildings ready for the dark nights. Richard has been filling gateways with rubble. Guinness is hunter clipped and will pre hunt again tomorrow, at Scampston house. I might go and watch , just to walk in the grounds there - beautiful gardens. not sure whether to take the dog , in case the hounds appear !We ve mainly been riding G and Topper - the latter s movement getting better and more relaxed, though turn for home and he increases speed hugely! Whereas G just plods along. I thought he might have been on his toes getting clipped - but no. C is riding him today with his new black hunting jacket. His last one was bought in 1969, so has fallen to bits [ tho it still fitted!] The red hunting jacket not allowed in the Middleton , and couldnt be dyed black. perhaps I ll sell it on ebay! Should I go hunting I d need a new coat too- cant fit in m y one from 1981- it was tight then!
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« Reply #88 on: Oct 26th, 2011, 09:54am »

As you may know I am Auditing the PK UK trainee teachers course and after the last semester he stayed on to do an extra day to teach those on the waiting list and auditors. This is not something he will do regularly or maybe not again at all. My friend Niki ,who is a reserve rider had a lesson and it was very good as he taught a lesson not his system broken into segments which is what he is doing on the course.

Some Auditors have really pressed him to do more and he suggested one of his teachers, Birgit from Germany, who has been with him for 10 years. She was absolutely delightful! So very very nice, kind, funny and a gifted teacher. There had been a drop out of the original line-up and Niki made me apply for the place. I was beside myself at the thought of riding in front of a n audience with a microphone system. What to wear? Took my posh gear and sensibly chucked it back in the car and wore my grimy comphy stuff!

On saturday we had an individual hour and of course it never occurred to me until I got into the arena that I would have to do a little show. I forgot how to trot! Must have made such a tit of myself that she told me to get off and she rode him. Oh, did I say she only spoke German? Derek and Tina translated but by the end of our second lesson Duke understood German!

I had to give a verbal introduction and I hope I gave him justice but also was honest about our issues. Birgit rode him well but for quite along time. Duke was simmering just below explotion and had been like that since we arrived on the Friday. During the summer he had become so fit but also so sensitive to the leg it was a problem. If Birgit had a fault it is that she could have done with AT and be a little more toned in her riding but I am being very very picky here! Sophie had ridden him alot this summer but I didn't realise until it was too late that she had taken him beyond my capabillities and so we had had a very difficult hack and I have been dumbing him down a bit!

Birgit gave a good assessment of him and said he was over sensitive and not taking the rein out with the hand. Just what I am having trouble with. We get so far and then he snatches and can drop behind. I then got back on and soon we were whizzing. round and Birgit really schooled my hands and contact. I was offering up and forwards with the up too high and therefore shortening the front leg movement and then coming down too low when in the forwards. I am now aiming more for the base of his ears. All this at great speed with lots of changes of rein, no kicking but no whip and in rising trot. Glad I was last on and it was colder. The goal at this stage is constant forwards in balance with contact and neck extension only on the corners of the mouth .

The constant ,light contact is what we all are seeking of course but seeing the lessons is so illuminating and makes it all clearer.

Second day, Niki could not be there and so Jean from the yard came and had a brilliant day. She thought Birgit was an excellent teacher and was so excited to get back to the yard to get on with things again. New people can come and watch the lessons and it is 30 for the day. The next clinic will be 3 days and include jumping!!!!!!

The lesson on the second day was 45minutes nad again Birgit rode him first. I am pleased in an odd way that she had difficulty with his canter and the flying changes and her sensible advice was for me to leave it alone unless he is very relaxed and so am I. Jean had a plan for me which we will start next week after half term!!!! more later. We had a talk on saturday evening and the riders were given homework. I felt I had had a fantastic time and Niki and I keep ringing each other to discuss another bit of it! Niki teaches quite alot as does Jean and they were really impressed with her teachng skill so it is good just to watch.

I do hope Charlie doesn't think I feel he is redundant but I do want to follow through with the auditing course and riding in the composite lesson really helped. I mustn't do high hands with Duke nor too low but do a quiet Action/ Reaction and use my leg and open hands to bend him on the left rein to improve his connection. So much !

Duke not bothered by the audience of course; such a tart.

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« Reply #89 on: Oct 29th, 2011, 11:16am »

No, Charlie was very impressed by m. P K when he went to Germany to watch his instructors conference/clinic. I think all good horsemen, who want horsemanship to be an art are teaching the same basic things - good hands and an independent seat. its the getting them that takes the time- or not if you re particularly in tune and talented [rare I d say!]
Horse and Hound had an interesting article about good hands this week . I follow R S Summerhays about hand height- its the same height as when you count your coins [ but then I mmay be old fashioned!]
I m not suprised Duke was a star - theres no doubt that horse can go far , especially now he moves better and has strengthened up.A real sports-car of a horse!
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