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« Reply #15 on: Jan 24th, 2012, 10:24am »

Good to hear about Duke , but yes the trials of a big yard would be impossible for me to bear!
My advice re the cantering etc would be for you Alex to think less of the technicalities and let the horse 'take' you. Over thinking anything puts tension into your brain then the body, then the horse mirrors that- and magnifies it.
Its that tension that makes you bounce.I read an intersting A T thing yest - ' if you think of the movement you are end gaining', which I take to mean that if you are over thinking what moveent you do, the 'means whereby' is lost and the movement becomes another thing to 'do'. Letting go, and trusting the body to sort itself out is such a hard habit to master!
I had a similar thing with flying changes with Ben.' I MUST get them ticked off' was my only thought [ for Parelli level 2 a decade ago] and the pair of us just kept getting tenser. A tense horse gets so stilted in the movements , and our changes got worse not better.He would start to 'dragon' underneath me and all partnership was lost! he would power along , and only change in front. This was so uncomfortable I fell off one day - in my defense I was bareback! It only went well if I forgot all about it and was -without expectation- changing directions in large loops in a field rather than an arena.
Are you still hacking out ? I would get him riding forward on long hacks to get the swing going and the pair of you enjoy some long straight canters. This will freshen him up for school work , which he finds quite demanding mentally as well as physically. On the straight lines you can then see whether his hind legs are working equally. We ve done much with Topper on this as he isnt quite tracking up with left hind leg. This is a constant thing , and we assume he s had an injury at some time. We can get him to walk much better - when bad he sounds like a machinegun rattling along- especially up slight gradients. Downhill is still a challenge, he leans back as if he has a trap behind him. So with Duke , its all about forward and relaxation,using all the spine with a swing.
Hope that helps!
Its a miserable wet day today. charlie is away teaching - luckily at a place with indoor facilities . I m on here to put off taking dogs for a walk!
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« Reply #16 on: Feb 2nd, 2012, 4:45pm »

Hacking out - we can but dream! I've been trying to build my week around taking Milo out but I've run out of week and the weather is just getting colder. We did go out last week when it was pretty cold and I wore some Seal Skins Winter rider gloves which Father Christmas brought for me and I was actually too warm in them - amazing gloves! We've got the dentist coming in the morning for the 6 monthly check up and it will be Milo's first time so fingers crossed his usual calm demeanour stays in place.
What's everyone else up to - I'm rather jealous of those with access to schools!
I've had a few people contact me regarding reserving their places at the two Summer Camps we've got in July and August so if anyone else is interested drop me a line so I can send you a booking form and reserve your place.
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« Reply #17 on: Feb 4th, 2012, 11:02am »

Yes, have to admit I havent ridden much this week. Thurs was ok , but Charlie was hunting Guinness, I walked home from the meet , a walk of 6 miles. Dogs enjoyed it !
Takes extra time getting water toall the buildings , but luckily with the charge ron the Mattbro always starts , so can move the haylage and straw around.
My 7 new heifers arrived from Bawtry yesterday. They are inside for the first time this winter [!] so hope the smaller ones grow on a bit. I m naming them after birds in honour of my father , so the names had to make the word Swallow - that being his surname. So we have Skylark,Wagtail,Ashy, Lark,Linnet,Owl and Wren. Whats an Ashy? Its a USA stormy petrel[- I was struggling to find a bird beginning with A - Avocet seemed only UK one. The 4 calves from Eric are all doing well- but all 4 have been knuckled over - its like they are 'en pointe' on their front legs , so still we are undecided about his future.
Cameo has been sold to the stud that have herman , and Cameos mum, and Inca is back at Sheffield. So no horses for sale [ Wills excepted] for the forseeable future. keanu is back to only having Polly as his companion. Totally recovered from his op and still feisty. C and I met a very feisty youngster to work with at liberty and groundskills. At least he ll be 'squared up ' before he gets any older and stronger!
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« Reply #18 on: Feb 16th, 2012, 06:58am »

Thank goodness the frost is over!Charlie went hunting yesterday , and in March will have the chance to do so nearly every day, as there s been so many missed. Guinnness, as usual, was perfectly mannered. Unlike many other horses out,and there were plenty of falls and naughty behaviour.
'Taildragger' and I have made a pack that we will ride in the showring this year. I thought I mustnt let Charlie have all the fun. As G isnt the star Ben was there isnt as much presuure to do well.So I can just enjoy him , hopefully.
Guinness now measures a full 15.3 , and the JMB now being more strict [ 1 vet now in trouble as 29 out of 31 horses he measured were remeasured out ] so unlikely we ll get G into the LW cob category, and he ll be a maxi. I wanted a small horse! He still has growing and filling out to do.
So what has everyone got as their aim this year? I hope everyone acheives what they desire!
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« Reply #19 on: Feb 20th, 2012, 1:11pm »

So how big might Guinness get? So much for your ' small horse'! Having you and Taildragger in the same show ring sounds rather fun - you'll have to tell us when and where as I'd love to watch smiley Glad to hear that the Siberian conditions have left you at last - we had a -6 in the garden last night but I understand that by Thursday it could be 17 or 18 degrees. I'm beginning to get guilt pangs that the garden looks a mess sad I'm also hoping that now the worst of the cold (at least for the time being is over) that we must take the horses out again. It's now about 3 weeks since I last sat on Milo but as he was so good with some groundwork over the weekend I'm confident that he'll be perfectly happy to go out again.
My aim for this year is to be able to take him out on his own without any 'airs above the ground'; and a second aim is to finally actually get Clod happy with wearing a collar and pulling some chains around the field.
What else chaps?
Oh, before I forget, I must say that I haven't forgotten I promised to collate and send discs to everyone of the photos taken at the camps last year- I'm fighting (and currently losing0 the software to achieve this at the moment so many apologies and as soon as I achieve it I will send the pictures out to all.
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« Reply #20 on: Feb 23rd, 2012, 8:10pm »

Guinness slightly unlevel when ridden two days ago- so is having a little rest.Leg/feet/limbs all seem ok,no heat anywhere or injuries. A wait and see job for the moment. I shall turn more attention to Keanu, who needs continuing work. What a cheeky boy!
We have been very busy with the cows, and one, Beyonce,is ill with e coli masitis. I m having to milk out another cow, bottle the milk and feed beyonces calf. If beyonce doesnt get better we ll have to try and adopt her week old calf onto another cow, not easy....
I dont think Taildragger and I will be in the same show ring , but both determined to actually show the horses this year. If G doesnt get sound [ tho that shouldnt be the case] I ll be running Keanu out in partbred Welsh classes!
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« Reply #21 on: Feb 26th, 2012, 1:29pm »

`We re still dealing with cattle more than horses! Went to see some Angus bulls yeaterday - more like the wild west , several young black bulls running past us , all very feisty and perhaps not for us.....
The ground here is ready for rolling - tho will probably not do it as it ll be to do again in a few weeks - it cant remain this dry?
Wanted : weight carrier for 'sturdy' lady. Excellent home with 2 other horses. Must be 100% in all ways ,up to weight and sound/ready to ride. We know this person well and the horse would have a lifelong home. Decent price paid for thr right horse . Coloured would be an added bonus!
For sale : lightweight 15.1 warmblood coloured mare , 6. Sensitive but good to ride etc. That owner also has rising 2 bay warmbloodx ID that she may sell. Strong and well grown.
If you can help with either of these notices , please get in touch.
I have zero interest in the Olympics , but have followed Totilas s story with interst/sadness/upset. Upset for both E Gall [ who had no say in the horse being sold,the ride just whisked away from him]and the horse , who has been taken from the one home where he flourished , to be a gold medal 'machine', and to stables more akin to a factory [ breeding station] Its doubtful whether the horse will even compete at the Olympics on current form , and thats even worse - he ll be 'remaindered' at the breeding station forever. Vidoes on you tube tell their own story.
The moral is - not everyone can ride a particular horse , in fact a true partnership will be where neither horse or rider does as well with other partners. I like to think that N H lovers are more of the kind to keep and nurture a good partnership , rather than sell for profit & glory.
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« Reply #22 on: Mar 2nd, 2012, 2:26pm »

Well we've been having some unseasonally warm spring like weather - but it seems to be changing just in time for the weekend!
I try to keep up with the forum but always seem to be in a rush so no time to post!
What's the update with the cows Judith? How's Beyonce & her calf? How are your new young 'birds' settling in? I love their names and the memory they are named for - what a beautiful way to keep your father's name and honour his memory smiley Was surprised that you'd been to see the Aberdeen angus bulls - my grandfather would never have full angus cattle - he said they were far too skittish to deal with! He did have x breeds as they are good beef he believed but not the purebreds! So is Eric to go?
Pleased you have reduced horse numbers smiley How is G? Hope he is returned to sound and has been enjoing some hunting with C. K sounds like a handful! Does he remind you of anyone?! I'm sure he'll be fantastic in the showring as he has lots of presence - are you practising your running up? Walking your dogs 6 miles will certainly build up stamina but the show ring needs sprinting too! I haven't done that for a couple of years and don't know if I could still run that fast!!
My lad is on a very strict diet! He has ballooned with the mild weather and his saddle has started slipping forward & sideways. I had the saddle fitter out who said basically he was too fat for his 'jeans'! I had already drastically reduced his haylage and the fitter said to be even stricter so he's now on a much reduced ration of hay only. The fitter suggested a crupper (he said on the continent he sees alot of horses the size of S & all wearing cruppers) in the interim 'weight loss' period as the saddle did fit him prior to obesity! S accepted the crupper without so much as a flicker of an ear but unfortunately the 'T' attachment slides out of the back of the saddle (no ring on the back of the saddle) as soon as S trots so the crupper goes! He has lost weight but we still have a long way to go and the saddle is still slipping - most frustrating!
Liz - I hope you have won the battle with the software and our summer camp pics will be duly copied onto discs. Technology is only wonderful when it works for us! huh How are you doing with M? BTW I hope to reserve my place on summer camp very shortly and will be in touch via e mail.
I hope everybody has been making the most of the mild weather - hopefully the weekend cold & possible snow won't last long! So we can enjoy the longer daylight and get out & about with our horses smiley
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« Reply #23 on: Mar 4th, 2012, 08:40am »

And I thought only fat Shetlands had a crupper! i hope the diet regime continues ok -m long trots uphill will lose him some weight!
The cow problems nowok. Beyonce will lose most of her bag and only 1 quarter has milk in it. but she is fine , and her calf is doing well. He has refused bottled milk for some days , and is scampering around , so will leave him to it. The ill calf is fine too, in fact he wasnt so much ill as breathing poorly, prob due to his birth and having to be slapped into life ! We ve had 1 more calf , so now there is no one due till April. Eric may yet be reprieved, as he s so quiet now , and the Anguses were very flightly and didnt take to them at all. We may have been unlucky with the early calves , we ll reserve judgement till he s the spring ones on the ground. 7 so far, 1 vet help, 2 hard pull, 1 very easy pull,3 born without us helping at all.5 knuckled over , but will straighten as they re'en pointe' not knuckled over their 'fetlocks'.
With keanu I m working very quietly so that he s not braced and defensive whenever he s handled. I ve found the best way to acheive that is to scratch his tailtop- the only place he enjoys being touched. Once he s a few seconds of that , then I can touch him elsewhere [ not ears yet!] and he s fine. I m leading him between me and the walls - this is a big ask for him as he wants to shoot forward out of the way.So I havent practised trotting him up, I need him really ok with my energy before that , or he ll get bracy again. I can only think he s been 'swung' in Oswestry , in a hurried way and hasnt great memories of it!he will stay tied p forever and never pulls back.Its only when he has to move that we get the attitude! When he s relaxed he doesnt even think about biting - so i that respect he s easier than your boy!
BTW , on a similar theme , an author whom we d invited to see N H as she d rather rubbished it , and in whose later book we appeared , has been recently prosecuted for cruelty and neglect by RSPCA. Her answer to biting was to ignore it. Hmmm, I dont think so. perhaps she ignored everything else , even bedding and feeding.
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« Reply #24 on: Mar 12th, 2012, 08:28am »

This lovely weather - so warm and fine - Ben and topper are sweating in the filed with their thick coats. Have taken the 'furminator' currycomb to them to try and shed their winter hair.
As I walked the dogs on Sat , I neared one of the local trainers gallops - 2 horses galloped past, then 2 mins later another came p the hill. Within a split second the horse had spun/twisted/bucked and was galloping back the way it had come. The rider sailed through the air - and landed on his head, moved then lay still. When I got to him he was very dizzy but 'compos mentos', but I had to use his phone to get help, as he didnt want to stand. Within a few minutes he was ferried away- he didnt want to go to Doc as he was racing yesterday. So Will, I hope you re ok! It was a nasty reminder of the danger of horses! I felt guilty, was it me and the dogs that had spooked the horse? [ Will thought not as he d been dumped already at the bottom of the gallops - hence he was a couple of minutes behind]
I always wince when I hear of less experienced riders buying TB s, they are not an easy ride.
In the hope that no forum reader has been falling off lately -happy riding!
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« Reply #25 on: Mar 15th, 2012, 5:22pm »

Gosh, being next to the racehorses travelling so fast must be quite something but to then watch a jockey sail through the air and land on his head must have been a bit scary. Thank goodness he was Ok - or at least Ok-enough to carry on. That's a tough profession.
I like the new 'Summer camps - a decade' page, it brings back lots of memories - I knew the sun did shine in Yorkshire really!
Vanessa - ref the pictures, I'm onto Plan Q as far as getting the pictures out to everyone. I've tried 4 different CDs and DVDs but none of them will take all the pictures (about 100+) so we're going to upload them onto a page and them everyone can download, print, save, ignore as many as they want. So hang in there - eventually they will be visible. It's been a total nightmare trying to get it sorted out. I've spoken to 3 different stationery companies explaining the problem who've been sending me sample discs but we just couldn't get them loaded onto one sad
What glorious weather - is it all over the country or just down here? We took the horses out yesterday and Milo is learning well and behaving so nicely. Mind you, we came across a horse eating monster yesterday on our way out of the village. It was a very fluffy (and I mean really, really, fluffy) cat sitting in a garden about 20ft from the road watching us and all 3 horses stopped dead, with their eyes on organ stops, but guess who first summoned up the courage to risk carrying on walking along the road past it - Milo smiley)
But they're all reacting to the spring grass at the moment - all 3 were hurtling around the field yesterday: great to watch and see the dynamics of who chooses the route, the speed and when/why the lead changes.
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« Reply #26 on: Mar 19th, 2012, 9:13pm »

Still the dry weather continues. The horsesa re out at night , and their usual paddock is ferted and rolled . My next job is to harrow it.
Charlie is schooling Wills ready for their Medium debut in April. As expected Wills found a double bridle too much to take [ he cant bear restriction ] so C will use a snaffle ;he can do so till Grand prix!
Theres a local show this weekend , but we shant be going - horses s coats look terrible , and a good friend is judging ! because of a family wedding/family visiting /mother of the bride duties in May, we ll not get showing till June.Hopefully by then Guinness will have anice smmer coat, and keanu will have perfect manners.....
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« Reply #27 on: Mar 23rd, 2012, 8:48pm »

I've just got hold of a furminator and it's brilliant! Nins has just decided, about 3 weeks ago, to start moulting her long winter coat and whilst I was getting plenty out with the metal scraper toothed thing the furminator is fantastic and I am getting masses and masses out of her everyday, twice a day! I've tried it on the others too and the cats and the dog and there are now carpets of hair all over the place which the birds are taking away but I'm gaining on them!
Glorious weather and more promised, the clocks go forward on Sunday so more time after work to play. Having spent the afternoon gardening I feel I'm making progress on the weeds but am now shattered. A glass or two of wine is what I need!
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« Reply #28 on: Mar 25th, 2012, 5:07pm »

Furminators are brilliant- though I cant work out how they exactly work. They certainly make light work of the 'hairies' loose coat .Polly is sweating in the heat, and she wore a rug in the winter , but the coat grew very long underneath it. At 27 she obviously felt she needed to stay warm.
Charlie was hot teaching today, and although he s back we re not riding this evening. he has found a local 20x60 outdoor school to practise his medium tests- first competition in a fortnight.
I hope everyone has been out riding and enjoying their horses
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« Reply #29 on: Apr 6th, 2012, 5:56pm »

Charlie and Wills performed their Elementary and Medium tests today - this is the first time they ve done so for at least 2 yrs ! they came home with 2 green rosettes- fourth in each class.
wills, as expected was very tense , and his tension lies in his spine - no judge is going to not see that! so he is marked accordingly. However, Charlie is hoping Wills will get used it all again and work through more. But a good start!
I ve been helping Charlie with his dressage position. These days dressage riders not only have their distintive bridles ,saddles, bling , uphill horses, but also sit in a particular way. very long stirrups, totally upright. Not easy for a 'mature' rider- riding a L W cob!
Charlie was told by Mj Althusan[ spelling no doubt wrong[
,in the yr dot ,say early 1970s, not to specialise too soon in his horse career. I dont think any pro horseman would say this to a rider these days. All the major discipilines specialise from their teens , hence all the dispilines looking so differenent - and all the approach to horse- handling, riding, breeding , being done solely for one sport.general 'horsemen'mare rapidly becoming a thing of the past.

In the dressage tests medium and above so much work going on in the lumbar spine , as sitting to every trot stride ,no matter how tense or bouncy ,is a must , so I have been working on getting the lumbar more mobile and able to absorb movement [ and falls = scar tissue = less mobility] with A T , and also keeping mobility and stiffness away with massages.
My massage course is nearing the end - mainly just exams & assessments left. I m amazed at the depth of knowledge we need to pass muster! Lots of swotting required.
Meanwhile - anyone for student massage? Full body massage 1 hr duratiopn ,less then half normal price . PM me if you d like one. 15 only till June , when I should graduate..if I pass my exams.

Did ypub all survive the blizzards on Weds? We only had sleet , but cattle and horses all came in, and it felt like winter. All ok now , but waiting for dry ground before cattle return outside. They shivered for hrs after they came in on Weds am! We had 2 trees fall down in the wind - so no one will eat cherries on summer camp from the tree - its gone!
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