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xx Summer Camp 2010
« Thread started on: Nov 18th, 2009, 12:27pm »

Hi,
If you're on my database then you'll already know about the summer clinic we're holding at Sinnington in July (10-15th inclusive) but if you haven't heard and you're interested then do drop me a line, or reply on this forum, and I'll answer any queries you might have.

I know it's early to be talking about next summer, but it beats talking about the winter and it's something to look forward to, and if you do want to come and want to have the widest choice of local B&Bs this is the sort of time you need to book your rooms - as some people have already done.

Despite being called the Summer Camp I assure you it does not mean living under canvas for a week - unless you chose to.

Given that the maximum number of places on the camp is 10, then assuming there are enough people to jusitfy a second camp (between 7 and 10) we will investigate the chances of running a second camp in late August. Of course, if you want to come to both that's fine cheesy
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« Reply #1 on: Nov 19th, 2009, 12:24pm »

I've had it pointed out to me that our annual wall-to-wall non-stop horsey extravaganza sounds like a meeting of something rather different by calling it a 'camp'. From now on I will refer to it only as the Summer Clinic.
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« Reply #2 on: Nov 20th, 2009, 2:19pm »

Quite right! Camp indeed. Whatever next?
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Thinks: 'must replace my hormone patch tonight'!
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« Reply #3 on: Nov 20th, 2009, 6:45pm »

I m trying not to worry that camp 2010 is being to take shape!
We shall have to prepare 'lesson plans' soon! [ shades of Teaching Practice- I knew I was not a good teacher for young kids - had no belief in what I was doing , or the organisation to do it ...hence...when I left college I milked cows and then got a job as a groom to boost my horsemanship skills ]
As there is many months to go I ll try to stay calm and stay in the moment......I m hoping we meet some N H people ij New Z, and perhaps hone our skills ridng in the mountains [ our friends son , who milks 5000 sheep in invercary, rode on various sheep stations. On one particular trail the bones of horses littered the bottom of the ravine. Hmmmm a different type of hack? to yorkshire!]

So far this year we havent clipped any one , most unusual,its usually my job to do it. So called cobs with manes - its no good!Wills will be done soon , and perhaps Ben. it ll be an exiting day when Guinness gets his mane hogged , then I ll know how good [ or not] his sillouette will look.
I m pleased Duke is doing well- these Iberian horses have alot of noble spirit, which is great when it works with you!

when will the calendar with a naked taildragger be available?
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« Reply #4 on: Nov 23rd, 2009, 4:28pm »

All quiet on the forum here? Are we all in hibernation?
Progress today - Inca was ridden outside and down track, I led her off Ben , then C took the lead off me and went 'solo'. Inca was very good , and was earing her first set of front shoes.
Guinness was good for the farrier , allowing him to hold back feetup without complaining! Time and energy ran out and I didnt get to lie over him again - he is being very good through out the whole backing process,.
Lets here how your horses are!
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« Reply #5 on: Nov 24th, 2009, 10:18am »

Not hibernating - just wallowing in mud!!! Its been too wet to do anything much on the land.

Feeding time is amusing though when all 4 head directly for me at a fast canter and I am wondering if they have allowed for the skid factor in their stopping calculations laugh
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« Reply #6 on: Nov 25th, 2009, 11:17am »

I am still at the stage of sorting basics and tack with Duke. I thought the head flick had almost gone and only happened once or twice when he was apprehensive. It came back a little more so I checked him over and noticed there was a slight rubbing on his lip - no broken skin. At rest the bit or rings did not seem to have caused it but when I worked him in hand I could see that he creases his lip with the action and it rubbed then. I bought the next sized bit and was just walking in to try it when YO suggested I go for a Neue Shcule. I have now got him the starter NS and in hand last night he seems to like it. I will ride today and see how we go.

I ahve had a couple of pole work lessons and this has realy assessed where we are together. How I will ever keep up with this horse I don't know. He is truly amazing to wok with. Nowhere neaar as senstitve as Dancer and I have been riding him in the gales. He does look at things and he has had a spook but he listens after. We have had one instance of him showing his Riverdance audition but he would only have made back row chorus so I just carried on and he went well. grin

I have to be much more definate in my transitions to trot but this is coming. Once the trot starts it is amazing and I am being taken to the next level in slowing it from my seat. As in so many horses it's the going forwards well in walk that sets us up but that's this weeks homework.

I am going to be brave and let Jean in the yard ride him on Thursday and Saturday whilst I am doing housey housey things. I must say I am a bit worried about it.

Well done with Guiness. Progress sounds quite fast. I do envy you being able to do things with a partner at least someone will notice if you don't come in to make the supper! shocked
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« Reply #7 on: Nov 25th, 2009, 12:58pm »

Calander is winging it's way to N Yorks as we speak.
Make sure that you look on the back cover too!
As astonishing as it may sound, we have made over 680.00 for the WHW and Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust with selling these calanders locally.

Let me know how G looks when clipped out. I wish I could see what he is going to look like. If nothing else you will be able to see the promise there. How is the goundwork going? I see that you are backing him, so he must be fairly advanced by now.

I have done nothing sensible with H for weeks now. However, I am going to start with a vengence. I am so sparked-up and inspired by the Parelli Celebration which I attended at the NEC at the weekend. However, I am not going to rush into it. I want to read all about the new system before I start. And start I will.

The system has evolved into something that I can relate to. I have a lack of imagination when working my horse and this is just what I need to keep us both doing new and interesting 'stuff'. I have discovered that H is a Left brained Introvert, and as bizarre as it sounds, it describes Himself to a T. There are specific excercises designed for his type, so that I dont bore him, and keep him motivated and interested. That'll be a change then.

It also transpires that I am a left brained person, though an extrovert. So I shall be doing my own 'personal development' to harmonise with the needs of my ned.

Fascinating stuff. I came away emotionally wrung out, with a splitting headache though dehydration, and holding back the tears. I have never known anything like it. I sat for 8 hours a day for two days and just had no concept of time. Ooooh, I wish I was younger.

Anyway, it is time to go and get the neds in
love to all x

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« Reply #8 on: Nov 26th, 2009, 3:05pm »

I m glad everything going well with Duke ;with a horse like that you ll be winning many dressage rosettes!
Moya reminds me that we re very lucky to have our indoor facility , invaluable for all the groundwork and early ridden stuff.
Today C sat on Guinness, after doing his first groundwork session with him. We dont do a lot ,perhaps 15 mins , unless necessary and continue it in tandem with ridden & liberty [ which I ve not done yet]over the whole time we back them.With him it just isnt necessary as his head is still in that good relaxed and willing place so we can then go to the bales to do the mounting stuff. He hasnt worried about the tack , and C sat on him and I led for about half a circle , and repeated in other direction, mounting from the off side.
We are a little further with Pebbles , C riding full circles with me leading . Pebbles is only 14.1 , so C is definitely his top limit to carry! Pebbles, like harry is an introvert. Luckily Guiness is an extrovert - I say 'luckily' as they are the horses I prefer to work with. I dont like them hiding emotion inside - lets have it out and dealt with! Ben is the ultimate extravert he certainly hides nothing.
As trainee teachers we did the introvert/extrovert analysis , although the other bit wasnt left or right brain , it was stable/unstable.

Many thanks for the calendar Heather , I m going to order more for xmas pressies! You must have been FREEZING!Well done for the charities, you were all very brave , and your Dec pic is very festive!
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« Reply #9 on: Nov 28th, 2009, 4:51pm »

what did you do your teacher analasys on - humans or horses? stable and unstable is sort of along the same lines I think. I too would prefer a ned that wore its heart on it's sleeve, my last horse, Goldie was just such a horse. The deep thinkers are a bit more risky as you never quite know what it is that they are hiding.

The programme for Guiness sounds excellent, a bit of this and a bit of that. No time to get bored, or indeed, time to think of ways to make the excercise more 'interesting'!

I envy Alex her lucitano, we have a young PRE Andalucian in the yard and as Tanya and I were sitting peacefully with our Saturday cups of tea, the owner took her other horse out of the barn and Divo (the Andalucian) got really excited and bounced up and down on the spot in his stable, fully collected doing a piaffe all on his own. They are so bouncy and elastic these Spanish neddies, and oh, so pretty.

I have spent the afternoon having an aromatherapist offering H herbs and essential oils to see if he needs anthing special to enhance his nutrition and well being.
It was FASCINATING. H tightens a band of muscle round his stomach when his is stressed. Now if I had heard this from one person alone, I would have discounted it, but both my Shiatsu practitioner and now the aromatherapist both have said the same thing.

H has now got peppermint, which he went wild for, and voilet leaf and camomile to calm and ground him, plus a load of other herbs that H selected himself, to offer him a choice over the next week. We are supposed to keep a diary of our findings.

I am going on a course tomorrow for aromatherapy treatment for first aid on neddies. This is given by the same woman. I must say, I was impressed dispite my inital scepticisim. No one can say I am not keeping busy.

Aaaah, yes, it is the Oak Farm Christmas Meal tonight. I dont feel like going, I would far rather pour out a bucket of brandy, put my feet up and watch Strictly Come Dancing - but no. Into a bath I go, and then I shal be slipping into a posh frock and tiara - well, perhaps a clean pair of jeans!

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« Reply #10 on: Nov 29th, 2009, 09:59am »

What a fascinating thing to watch your horse selecting the herbs/plants he needs smiley Did she tell you what each was for? Can you plant said plants in his field so he can self-select all year round (or at least when they're growing?)

How did the party go? I've not heard anything on the local news about a rowdy group of females on the loose in Bedfordshire.....

Sunny here this morning so going to see if I can persuade Nins and Clod (who is now an attractive shade of brown all over!) to come and do some liberty with me. I tried a couple of days ago and had a modicum of success, but then as it was blowing half a gale I didn't ask for anything too tricksy!
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« Reply #11 on: Dec 2nd, 2009, 08:03am »

Yes it was fascinating. We had intensive training on which herbs and oils were for what for and exactly how to use them. I must say that on the face of it, I could of happily dismissed anything to do with this subject, but I am sooo glad I did the course as it was all about stuff which is crutial to the horses well being. I am now really into it.

Yes, by all means plant wild stuff around the field, but horses may well need consideraby more variety and quantity than you could supply by this method. Anyway, tell me how you are going to plant seaweed (!)
which is offered, as horses once used this as a foodstuff/medicine aeons ago and is a rich source of iron and free radical eliminators (see? I have no idea what a free radical is, but I know it's bad and I know seaweed neutralises it - that is the extent of my knowledge!).

This method of asking the horse what he needs is brilliant and he can get exactly what he needs in the quantity he needs it in. I have to say though, it is not cheap - but then anything I seem to touch has a whacking great ongoing price tag attached to it where Harry is concerned.

Harking back to Alex and her Lucitano, I grouped the Andalucians and Lucitano's together under 'Spanish horses' - of course I am quite well aware that the Lucitano is Portugese, so should not have grouped together.

International etiquette apart, how did the liberty session go with your bay horses? I would like to come over after Christmas and have a go under your tutilage if I may. We might even hit the Cross Keys afterwards to get warmed up.

The Oak Farm Dinner was just as expected. Strange to see everyone 'scrubbed up' and smelling so clean. The posh exeteriors soon belied the grubby minds beneath as conversation (held at full volume) soon decended into the depths of depravity. I have to say that it was very funny, but next year we are going to hold it at someone else's local, so they can experience the acute embarrasement of being associated with a group of such disgusting females!

Got to go. Farrier due in an hour. Have fun everyone.


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« Reply #12 on: Dec 2nd, 2009, 08:36am »

The personality thing was on humans - as at that time I was training to be a first school teacher . I certainly knew it wasnt my vocation , but I was desperate to get away and have some fun [ which I did] I saved many young children from having a useless teacher simply by returning home and milking cows , then grooming for the lady who introduced me to Charlie....

Re sea weed , we fed this to cattle and horses from large bags called 'seaquim', when we were more active with a homepathic vet [ we still use some remedies , just buy them over the counter- esp Arnica ]

I went to the Launch of a 60 mile ride ringing the NY Moors yeaterday. I am down as a B&B horse and rider provider , although I m not that near the main route , and across the busy road. However , despite a phone converstaion to go through all I offered plus updating details ...they havent, and our email address is from years ago, so I ll never get anyone ! So frustating.

We are very pleased at how Guinness and Inca are doing; Guinness has a real solid head on him , and C rode him indoors off the bridle yesterday. He is trotting Inca in the outdoor school. Pebbles is a little slower , but of course at 14.1 he s the one that needs to be just right, in case he goes for a childs pony. We d prefer a lightweight adult , as he quite sensitive.
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« Reply #13 on: Dec 2nd, 2009, 09:28am »

It sounds like a super day - I wonder if there's somebody reasonably local who'd give a talk at the summer camp(s) next year? I'll try and check that out.

Hmm, I agree, planting seaweed could be a tad tricky in Bedfordshire - we're certainly getting the rain so all I'd need to do would be to contain it, add salt, stir it up a bit and then plant a mix of different seaweeds - do you think that would work? Judith's solution of seaquim sounds interesting so I'll see if I can find that anywhere - hopefully getting a taster sized packet first!

A 60 mile route sounds good - and what fabulous countryside to ride through.

By all means come over and have a play with the two bays after Christmas Heather - and I think the Cross Keys is a must afterwards!
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« Reply #14 on: Dec 3rd, 2009, 09:18am »

I think we could getr someone to talk about the route , whether ;big guns' - kationa Cook , or Judith Radcliffe who got it all organised.
I mentioned to Liz about a wine tasting session, and perhaps a chocolate tasting/fountain/ eating? , anyone else any ideas for lunch or evening?
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