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« Reply #45 on: Jul 4th, 2012, 07:11am »

The calves are well- the 4 youngest are still inside because of the rain. one more to be born in the next couple of days , then only 2 more cows to calve this year. 15 born, 3 female,12 male- no wonder we ve had problems with big calves.
A friend has been reading Hempflings book 'Dancing with horses' . this indeed is a great book - and makes it very clear how we should be around horses [ all very like the Alexander technique- clear,calm, detached,quiet] as well as descibing how we should train without force. his other book 'What horses reveal' is also very good , and he can be watched on various youtube clips. His body use in particular is excellent.
Its something we all need to pay attention to - any thoughts we have are shown by our body use - so if we re nervous, unsure,confused the horse will know in an instant .Most horses learn to pay no attention to our 'neuroses' and balnk us out [ as generally we re too tense -in their understanding- and would switch on their alert button] However, very sensitive horses never learn this trick, so are constantly 'on alert' and then problems can satrt. So, take a leaf out of Hempfling work , or any other good horseman, and be very aware of your thoughts, posture,etc and what they can signal to the horse. to beat my own drum , Alexander Technique will certainly flag up your own tensions and really help take excessive tension out of your body.
Enough of the lecture- I ve a calf to bottle feed!
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« Reply #46 on: Jul 11th, 2012, 11:30am »

There are now 4 cows and 6 calves inside. Old foster cow , not having had a rest lactationwise , for a full year , suddenly dropped a calf on saturday! So had to give baby frozen colostrum , and have the big foster calf Fred [ he who had knuckled over joints but is now perfect] off her for at least a week or so so baby can get lots of milk - or Fred will pinch it all. Fred has to be bottled 3 times a day- getting a lot morre than the bag tells me he should be having.
There is a set of twins , and 2 other singles. We ll never get them outside at this rate- fields are sodden and I dont l;ike a lot of rain on young calves.
Very disappointed the Gt Yorks show cancelled - we had tickets for today. Surely there will be extra classes somewhere to get the HOYS qualifiers done? Instead of an early morning to Harrogate we rode out, and 3 racehorses overtook us on our way home , at a spankin gtrot. Wills created alittle, but a few months ago he would have been just about uncontrolable- so regular discipline and dressage training is helping.
Now lets all pray fro good weather at the camp....
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« Reply #47 on: Jul 19th, 2012, 07:11am »

Camp is nearly upon us!As usual we have a mix of regular campers, and some whom are new to us. The jumps went into the field yeserday, along with cones, a big ball,tubs etc. Its always a busy time for us , but very rewarding, so we are looking forward to meeting everyone and their horses.
The fields are wet , but the weather forecast is pretty good for this weekend. Horse pens are in paddocks unused this year, so the gateways are still good!
Charlie came back with a first and second from his 2 Elementary tests yesterday. We thought perhaps Wills was qualified for the Winter Regionals , but the rules are so complex we l have to wait for B D to write to us! At least Wills is getting consitent , even though theres usually something to exite/spook/brace him during the test - with the inevitable comment 'could soften more through the back'!
HOYS qualifiers are being run at the GT Yorks showground in mid August - not sure if its the full equine schedule or just he HOYS classes - but will go and watch anyway. If its allowed? What a total terrible year for showing!
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« Reply #48 on: Jul 22nd, 2012, 06:48am »

Its 7.40 am , second day of camp.
Yesterday the sun shone and at least half the students have sunburn! The first day went well, lots of groundwork to really assess the basics and where the horse and rider are at. In the afternoon most people rode , getting flexion and control.
Lunchtime was a quick dash to Ridaway - always good for retail therapy!
I ,giving individual Alexnader lessons all day, never saw the sun! nearly half of the students knew little or nothing of A T , and first lessons are often suprising - that something so subtle and apparently gentle can be so powerful. It certainly de-stresses.
In the evening we gathered for a chinese meal, and I was asssited later in feeding our 'pet' calf.
The weather isnt truly settled , but seems bright enough this morning.
My job today is individual liberty sessions - so agin if theres any sunshine Ill miss it, being indoors! harlie will do much more ridden work today.
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« Reply #49 on: Jul 23rd, 2012, 06:24am »

7.20 am third dsy of camp. The weather was glorious yesterday afternoon - and the fields drying out. As background noise to the riding , the haylage was being mown!
Charlie continued with groundskills for the first half of the morning , then ridden work. He rides all the horses - brave man!
I never saw the sun, being indoors with a succession of liberty lessons. The way we teach liberty can seem quite slow - there is no high energy whip waving , etc, and all done slowly so the horse understands and willing ly works with the owner.
today it ll be maimly ridden work , with me continuing liberty this morning. PM I shall join everyone outside-hoorah- and teach A T to the students on board their horses.
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« Reply #50 on: Jul 25th, 2012, 07:48am »

Sorry for 2 things - firstly I see this forum was hijacked with rubbish - now deleted of course-yet person hadnt regd as member- oh well, you have to admire good techy skills! if it happens again my techy man will have to take action!
Secondly, need to update on last two days of camp.
Third day I did liberty lessons am , then gave ridden A T to everyone in the afternnon. For those whod not experienced A T i think it was a revelation how much differnce releasing tension, having body awareness and good alignment can make - oin a short time! Charlie worked with further online work am , ridden pm , with a little'horse swap' as a break. Charlie was grilled at luchtime with a Q&A session , and at night we all went and had farewell pub meal,. White Bear at Stillington cant be faulted for great food!
Yesterday the camp continued with Charlie only, as I had a frozen shoulder op at York. Cant praise the 'mini'hospital at Clifton highly enough. Now I ve much physio to do to keep the movement going!
Charlie finished last liberty sessions , and had rest spectating - which is always a good thing - to reinforce how we work, without the stress of having to do it at the same time. The final afternoon was ridden work- putting all the 4 days work together, there were lots of smiles, and amazing how some horrses and riders had altered!
The weather remained good , and the big field behind where everone was was baled yesterday- 180 big bales to see horses and cows through the winter. A couple of acres were left, and hope we get hay tomorrow from it. Though the hard thing will be to get a baler - as everyone is so busy combining and haylaging! haylage baler had done 1000 bales yesterday, and after us was going elsewhere instead of bed!
A million thanks to all who helped make the camp a great experience - esp to Liz , without whom it would never take place. All the riders were very supportive of eachother and helpful in a miriad ways- even to helping with farm jobs!
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« Reply #51 on: Jul 27th, 2012, 12:17pm »

A special Thank you to camp students who signed me a get well card. My left shoulder, slightly hurt after a fall in jan, had become so frozen I had minimal movement in any direction. have now had arthrosopy and MUA. The op itself less painful etc than I d imagined , but it will be a long rehab process, having to prevent connective tissue in joint reforming and freezing again.
We are still in the process of making 2 acres of hay - rest of grass into bales and stacked - and seagulls tried their hardest to rip holes in them?! hay should be ready tomorrow.

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« Reply #52 on: Jul 28th, 2012, 2:08pm »

I've just been catching up on your posts during the camp, good to read as I was on the camp and thoroughly enjoying every minute. Thanks for organising the sunshine - and I found the ridden Alexander a real eye opener though whether I can achieve the release and correct position without you reminding me is to be revealed!
Great to hear that your hay is getting baled, I'm still waiting for the word from our local farmer that we can collect some off the field and am starting to get a bit nervous that it'll be rained on (plenty forecast ovee the next few days) or whether he'll even remember to tell me where it is!
Keep doing all the exercises on that shoulder and yes, it will take a while for you to get sometjing like the full range of movement and strength back into it but there's no short-cut you just need to work at it for weeks and weeks and over time you will find you can do more and more. I guess you're a bit away from riding yet.........or have you already tried that?
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« Reply #53 on: Jul 31st, 2012, 08:41am »

The hay never got baled. Handturned Sat am , ready to bale at 2 pm. Wheres the baler ? Elsewhere baling ...straw . 2 hrs later he s still appeared , but 2 small showers did..
Sunday am , handturned the rows ready to bale 2 pm. 2 pm it rains. Baler appears after a second heavier shower , bales it anyway, then has to go home attach wrapper and come back ---all for 12 extra wrapped bales , that were part fo the filed wrapped a few days earlier. And no hay at all.
My shoulder feels well, apart from when I have to open stretch and move the joint during exercises to be done 4x a day. Now that is torture! I ve not ridden yet , but am seeing the physio today , and as she rides , Ill ask her!
Glad everyone enjoyed the camp- participants were a joy to work with, and I think much was learnt.
C and myself habve been watching olympic eventing - apart from the contraptions of bitting/bridle combos like I ve never seen , I thought the riding skills were excellent in all teams and the course not fearsome at all. Chris bartle has done a wonderful job with the German team. Pity he s not UK coach
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« Reply #54 on: Aug 3rd, 2012, 07:10am »

Please ,please, if you hate Rollkur , follow links from the Horse& hound forum - Olympic threads to a complaints email to register you disgust that this is still happening
Kittel photographed yesterday pulling horses nose onto chest - how dare he at a world event? and what are the stewards doing?
On the brighter side, i see LIGHTNESS being rewarded , which is why our riders are doing well. Anky - Rollkur advocate - doing not so well as horse regimented and heavy by comparison.
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« Reply #55 on: Aug 5th, 2012, 07:28am »

To make it easy fro you all to sign an anti Rollkur petition [ should you wish to do so] please follow this link
http://no-rollkur.com/
It appears that despite lots of threads on FEi, BD, and H&H forums , the 'official' line is still that no abusive methods will be tolerated , yet only evidence they will accept is vidoe - photos , no matter how bad, are not enough.
For those interestd , the Horse and Hound forum has lots of threads - and nesrly all posters are anti rollkur , which is heartning.
But still, in dressage - well done UK so far!
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« Reply #56 on: Aug 7th, 2012, 1:45pm »

I followed your link for the anti-rollkur petition and (once I got it into English) have signed up as a protestor. I cannot fathom why, when the horse is obviously overbent and distressed, there isn't someone with the power and knowledge to step in and say 'enough is enough' - where are the animal protection agencies when you need them? Actually Epona Star were the chaps on the case last year (?) when this same Patrick Keitel rode his horse in such a way that its tongue turned blue - I wonder if they're preparing something quietly in the background ready to launch on You Tube again?
Well done to the showjumping team yesterday but I see that the likelihood of the use of 'hedgehog boots' is getting prominent coverage. I just hope that the UK dressage riders do us, themselves and the sport proud by riding without the use of any of Keitel's methods.
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« Reply #57 on: Aug 10th, 2012, 06:42am »

Well Liz, I think the UK riders did indeed do us very proud- a wonderful moment when Charlotte won. Of course silver was a Rollkur trained horse with a technically more difficult test, but she was penalised for dropping behind the vertical, which valegro never did. Perhaps this will send a message to the European riders that Rollkur is not the way forward , but a passe method now discredited.It was indeed Vittel s horse that had the purple tongue a yr or so ago, which is now explained away as the horse getting his tongue between the bits. I cant see how that is possible , unless he is so unhappy in the 'contact' that he is fighting to have his tongue anywhere else that where it is.
But the sad part of the Olympic UK story is that both Utopia and Valegra will be sold?! No matter how much they are worth I think thats a bad end to the whole thing.
On a brighter note, I m now riding again , just gently as I mustnt end up pulling on the reins. Guinness enjoying slow hacks , the lazy monkey!I gave my first A T lesson yesterday too, so am slowing getting back to 'normal'.
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« Reply #58 on: Aug 16th, 2012, 06:37am »

Soon I should be getting some pictures up on this site , from camp. I have seen lots of lovely piccies in Snapfish albums , but not sure ifI can copy them. Looking back, we had such a good camp, and so lucky with the weather, which is deteriorating again.
Charles had 2 competitions lately, having had no time for a month to compete Wills. So the first competition was a few steps back, as he got tense at floorpots etc , but yesterday he won one Elem test and third in the other. Both tests were over 65%, but according to our interpretation of the rules he needs 2 more points at over 65% in a Qualifier to get to the winter champoinships. Heres hoping! he and Wills now have over 70 points , but apparently you can compete Elementary till 200 points if you wish! Charlie has done some Mediums with Wills, but is wanting more consistancy before competing solely in those tests. dressage - so complicated eh? I much prefer a show - just 1 line up and immediate result and rossette!
I watched some of the delayed HOYS qualifiers at the Gt yorks showground. Had to miss the cobs because of shoulder checkp, so only saw riding horses and M&Ms , but just good to watch top class horses . I think the M&M s will keep improving the movement of the horses - I know that takes away their original purpose to ride and drive , and in Highlands case carry large weights down steep mountains. but when these ponies are being judged partly on their stride and galloping ability, original purpose seems to be far left behind!
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« Reply #59 on: Aug 18th, 2012, 1:11pm »

And was the hospital pleased with your shoulder's progress? Well done to C with his results - flowerpots can be very scary!
It's 30deg in the shade here today, too hot to do more than flop indoors though I did ride Milo briefly this morning. I wanted to practice getting on him badly! That sounds daft but I wanted to get on and have my right foot brush his bum (with david holding his head) just in case we had a repeat of the cicus trick riding hemshowed me last time! Needless to day after getting on, brushin/tapping his bum every time he never moved a muscle! We did some walk/trot/transitions which went quite well until i wandered a but far from his chums when napping got in the way of listening.
I agree we definitely had the best weather so far for 4 consecutive days at the camp smiley
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