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« Reply #30 on: Apr 17th, 2012, 4:31pm »

I hope everyone is surviving these wintry blasts.
Charlie and I will be down in Beds - the first weekend in May. If you d like to join s fro a day [ or more] of horsemanship, please get in touch with Liz Molyneux at the usual email address. Or if you d like Aleander work , or a ridden Alexander lesson , we d love to see you !
Charlie has more dressage tests tomorrow- Wills is still a horse that needs a lot of consistant work , so much schooling is going on! For a change C schooled Guinness too yesterday, and thought he was very easy!
Charlie had a very difficult loading the other day - this horse so bad it pulls away when it sees the trailer! owners have done much good work eg leaving trailer tin filed and feeding in it etc , but this horse knows the difference between that sort of trailer and the sort that moves! In other respects he s a good sort - jumps well etc , but of course its a job getting him loaded to come home. C does not quarentee a loading , and this time - 2 hrs- was only working on,line about 15yds away . I ll keep you posted on further sessions!
Its been an odd day today - both Cartman[ cat] and a young calf needed vet visit- not often we carry that comination in the car! cartman fine , but calfy is still at vets till tomorrow after being on a drip. Not sure of the exact cause of infection [ bad scouring ] His mum is not happy!
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« Reply #31 on: Apr 23rd, 2012, 8:41pm »

Well done Wills and Charlie smiley.

We're in the monsoon season here in Bedfordshire but hopefully it should ease in a couple of days. Tried riding Milo during a dry half hour and whilst he's remembering some aids, flexing is something he's completely forgotten - more homework needed there!

Clod still itching and Madam still grumpy - she's on the Prascend pills for her Cushings now but was in a foul temper yesterday when I was riding Milo culminating in reversing at speed into us and lashing out with both barrels....for a large horse Milo can be surprisingly agile!

Fingers crossed the calf continues to improve - any news on that?
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« Reply #32 on: Apr 24th, 2012, 4:07pm »

The calf is now well- can hardly believe he could recover so well. After so much rain , and more to come ,the cattle ar e still in , and the horses are in at night.
Charlie and Wills have their next competition on Sunday. Wills has lost his belly with the schooling work, but still carries plenty of muscle and topline. This is partly because he holds his muscles in too much tension. Guinness, holding no tension whatever, swings along with a big belly and no topline! Now between them we could make 1 perfect horse [ and one rubbish one]
I ve been reading about Cushings - as part of my massage course . I didnt even know humans got it! Humans get a big round face as well as being fat.Must be the equivilent of being cresty in horses! I hope Nins responds well to her treatment. And good luck with the work with Milo- keep us posted.
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« Reply #33 on: May 1st, 2012, 5:02pm »

Well done in getting the calf fit again - what a relief smiley Bedfordshire is still in monsoon season but you wouldn't believe how tightly I've got my fingers crossed that it eases in time for our outdoor clinic on Sunday - argh, can you imagine how wet we'll all be at the end of the day if it doesn't let up embarassed

We're getting the horses in each morning for 3 hours or so, so that a) we can get some roughage (and a Pill) into Grumps and b) to give the boys a chance to dry off a bit. I think the field/land is worse now than at any point during the winter so hopefully it's all going where 'they' want it to go so we can have the drought rules lifted. We've even got standing water on a fairly steep hillside at the moment - how clever is that!?

I tried reminding Milo about ridden flexing yesterday and he offered a bit more than last time and offered it a bit quicker - we're getting there slowly. Then, flushed with success, I asked for leg yielding - we can go one way moderately easily but we're rubbish the other way and I'm learning that his reaction when puzzled/confused is to hop about so that I think he's rearing but in fact his front feet are barely off the ground - it just seems worse when one is so high up!

What's everyone else up to?
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« Reply #34 on: May 8th, 2012, 08:50am »

Many thanks Liz, for all your hard work organising the clinic for Charlie and myself. It was a very pleasant change to have a nice warm room for the A T lessons, up at Liz and Davids house. Thank you also to Carole for her hospitality and use of facilities! We hope everyone enjoyed the clinic , and look forward to seeing most of you at the summer camp - which isnt too far ahead I realise.
It was nice to see old friends , human and horse , and Lizs new horse Milo- whom we d heard a lot about but never met. A lovely boy with a face like Champion the wonder horse. Perhaps Liz will be like 'Ricky'- vault on and gallop off with no tack?
We were very lucky with the day - no rain at all. I was thinking things were getting better and nearly ready to roll the horse filed again , but it must have rained all night.
Due to family commitments , we have few riding plans for the next few weeks , but Charlie is still training Wills most days , and rediscovering his love of dressage. Its not the same as classical riding - but that just has to be accepted.[ That is not to say we condone Rollkur!! or use flashes/crankbacks] Competitive dressage is a seperate discipline , and will continue to evolve that way. Charlie is the only person in the warmup ring to begin with a loose rein, everyone else is straight on the bit - have they forgotten what 'warmup' means? Wills has a very good head/neck set on , whaich makes it easy for him to hold the frame the judges want - Guinness would get no where!
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« Reply #35 on: May 10th, 2012, 11:05am »

You're very welcome, it was a great day and Carole and Audrey achieved far more than they anticipated they say, Gill's young chap held it together I his first big adventure on his own and I was very pleased with Milo. I must learn to be pleased at the time though rather than after reflection. Thst's the thing with clinics and camps - controlling your expectations! For instance at the clinic Milo got really bothered at having the carrot. Now I know that he,s had a shocking past and when we first had him even the sight of David holding a 12" log for the fire sent him into panic mode, but we've worked hard on that and now he's much calmer around men and men holding sticks so where Sunday's panic came from I'm not sure. Poor Milo whatever happened to him has gone deep. I played with him and used the stick on Monday and again today and he was totally cool with it!
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« Reply #36 on: May 17th, 2012, 4:31pm »

Two days of fine weather down here which has been a lovely surprise - I'm almost up to date with all the veg and salad planting but the poor field looks as bad as it does in mid-winter - ridiculous.
Milo's decided that he doesn't want to go back to school - since the clinic 10 days ago the horse who marches up to be caught doesn't want to know - and this morning, despite having the others caught up, he was still charging about in the field - doing the surface no good at all sad I raised my energy and chased him, lowered it and asked him in, no chance - this got repeated about 5 times before he finally let me catch him - little monster!
How's Wills getting on with his dressage? Any more competitions? And Keanu - any improvement in his attitude?
I hope you're getting some sunshine and a drying wind to enable everything to happen as planned on Saturday - best of luck smiley
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« Reply #37 on: May 18th, 2012, 10:15am »

Charlies next competition is on Weds. I watched his lesson with Wills [ Cathy Burrell, harrogate] and was very pleased with the weay she taught . All about keeping the uphillness of he horse , but NEVER coming down or behind the bit. She was trained by Stephen Clarke, and I can see this is a good dressage way to train.
I was less happy with carl Hester in H&H this week - the FEI want to check nosebands arent too tight before competition - Carl says no , unneccessary - thre nosebanmds are padded?! So that says to me , crank back as much as you want , padding makes it ok? I think this is one thing we need to give support to FEi. Of course us naturals would go further - no flash or crank , and allow bitless ...but maybe thats a step too far .........
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« Reply #38 on: May 19th, 2012, 2:48pm »

I too read this in H&h. I even nearly wrote a reply. If the bands are not too tight why should it matter if they are checked?No need to worry about speed cameras if you aren't speeding. Also, he says he checked up on those who complained as if you can only have a view if you belong to a registered charity. I think this edition of H&H is very good.

Looking forward to more work with Tilly; did some separation work today and having small rides.I think I might get her a bit less bridle but don't know what to choose. More research needed.
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« Reply #39 on: May 24th, 2012, 3:39pm »

Do let us know about Tilly s progress - and how is the magnificent Duke?
I shall be returning to this , and other sites , a bit more now , as the family wedding is over. We froze in northeasterly blasts , and now are boiled ! But it was a lovely day, and daughter and new son inlaw very happy with their day , and are still smiling!
Daughter says she ll sit on a horse before she returns to N Z in a fortnight. Finding that hard to believe....
Charlie was third twice yest in 2 Elem tests. Wills as usual got ense in the second test.He s had less work than usual , but now Charlie can get some daily work into him- its the only way to keep him obedient!
What is everyone doing?
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« Reply #40 on: Jun 7th, 2012, 3:17pm »

Time is running along - cant believe its June already. With Charlie training for the dressage ring , we re behind in Guinness s education , but now riding and schooling regularly. Despite non showers thinking the schooling is less thorough than for eg dressage , I can assure them it takes time and consistant work to get a decent 'show' done in a ring. Even inhand classes needs much prep.
Today we spectated at Bramham- Rain! It was dressage plus the hunter show - HOYs qualifiers so top riders there - always a joy to watch. The dressage for the CCI*** very complex - no reading allowed! Counter canter,flying changes,half pass, and usually executed very well. One or two horses'blew up' , but mainly very well behaved, considering they are so fit.
Shopping good too - this is the first day and no xcountry, so not busy at all. Bought lots of things...
So what have you all been doing?
and could I give a nudge to those thinking of the summmer camp? We d like to finalise numbers etc fairly soon-thanks!
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« Reply #41 on: Jun 9th, 2012, 10:03pm »

I hope everyone has survived the deluge s today. Here we had rain, hail and thinder fro an hour or so. Nor sure what it will have done to the \Bramham course.[ apparently 2 horses there died of heart attacks]
I couldnt get in either direction with the car because of flooded roads - the one car I saw before I turned round was 'dead' after trying to get through. Later we walked the dogs along the road and down our neighbours gallops - which have been washed away down the hill!
Charlie was lucky, doing his dressage early at Frys before rain came - and came second with 66% in Elementary. Second test going well till Wills spotted a coloured horse through a a hedge...Lets just say he s not quite reliable yet!
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« Reply #42 on: Jun 19th, 2012, 4:22pm »

Sounds like Wills is going well - any more results? I was acting as Secretary for a small dressage competition over the weekend in a howling gale - with a sand surface all the horses and competitors were well and truly sandblasted after their turn. I was in a trailer and it was rocking and rolling - it felt like I was at sea in a small boat!
We've had a strange yellow thing in the sky for a couple of days, nice to see it though. My morning routine is quite varied - Milo needs lashings of long-lasting, waterproof sun lotion on his pink nose, Grumps has to have 2 (expensive) pills thrust down her throat and Claude is experimenting with self-harm so needs Aloe Vera or sudocream on his hock where he keeps scratching it to the extent that for the last few days there's been a stream of blood down his leg! At least the horrible Toad has been behaving!
Only a month until Summer Camp starts - now there's something to look forward to as you sit in the office wishing you were outdoors with your horse!
Due to a couple of sad withdrawals due to injury we've got a couple of places up for grabs so if you're thinking joining in there is still time and space to come.
We'll be doing groundwork, ridden work and liberty with the horses but there's also the chance to have Alexander Technique lessons which you have to experience to appreciate - it is a phenomenally relaxing and effective treatment. Just drop me an email (liz@receptional.com) if you want to come.
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« Reply #43 on: Jun 29th, 2012, 2:55pm »

Yes, not long now till summer camp. The weather is mixed - to say the least! We still havent got the haylage made, but by camp it will be done , and we ll have the back 15 acre field as well as the usual paddock to work in.
Because of illness, we have 7 horses now , with Idaho, bred by us 7 years ago ,back with us . She is in with her 27 yr old mum , and Keanu, who thinks its rather good to have 2 females to himself.
We are currently exercising Idaho and Guinness , and Charlie continues to school Wills - they won their last dressage Elem. competition section, even though he was a bit tense[ same old story] He d taken a dislike to a few spectators at a table...will he ever learn?!
With so much grass its hard keeping the weight off thwm all, and they are standing in a good few hours each day. We have some mediocre hay to keep them chewing something.
At camp there will be an opportunity to daily bottle feed a calf - I ve not spoken aboiut him before , because 'euthanaise ' was mentioned by the vet at a day old. Calfy was very knuckled over , and has taken nearly 2 weeks to walk on his hooves. He also was rejected by mum , and as the third calf she had rejected , and unable to stand easily, we didnt even try to get him put on. It was my job to milk her into bottle -risking life andlimbs from her hindfeet. We did this for about 10 days[ we got rid of mum , I was lucky not to be hurt each time- Charlie less experienced at handmilking held the kickbar in place] , then brought in an old cow to be foster mum - which she does beautifully. But she hasnt much milk , so he s topped up twice a day . As he knew a bottle first , he is very keen for his feeds and like a dog he s so friendly.
We also have newly born twins - another vet case, as there were 3 legs coming at once!Both calves were wanting to be born together and had pressed on the mums nerves - giving her a natural epidural! Tha t meant she hadnt pushed at all- and we were lucky to spot she was actually trying to calve.. Anyway, both were still alive and fine , and very big.
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« Reply #44 on: Jul 3rd, 2012, 11:57am »

It sounds like it's all happening on the calf front. Twins isn't very common is it? Well done mum (and the vet) for getting them out alive and thriving smiley
More people are contacting me to join us at the camp which is great news but please can anyone based in Yorkshire get down on their knees and start praying to the God of fine weather so that we stay dry during the Camp!
Despite forecasts of 4 days of solid rain it was gloriously hot and sunny - today is meant to be sunny but is cloudy and raining.
Claude has discovered how to scrape and scratch that hollow on the hock so each morning there's usually blood trickling down his leg. He's also found a way of knocking the sarcoids off his chin and neck - more blood to mop up and we're putting lashings of aloe vera on all the raw patches sad We found him lying down snoozing the other day but when he went to get up he was really lame on both back legs - it looked really uncomfortable, even painful, but he was sound again after a dozen strides or so.
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