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xx Summer camps in 2013
« Thread started on: Feb 7th, 2013, 7:32pm »

As Judith has said we've got two camps to look forward to this year smiley

There's one in Bedfordshire in July and one in August at Cornborough Grange, Yorkshire. Both will last for 4 days and both will comprise ridden, online and liberty work plus of course Judith's famous Alexander Technique lessons. All in all a fabulous break for anyone to enjoy with their horse.

Places are beginning to fill already so if you're interested in joining in the fun drop me an email (liz@receptional.com) for more information and so I can send you a booking form.
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« Reply #1 on: Feb 12th, 2013, 10:02am »

It seems to be only weeks between summer camps - not a whole year! It will be exiting to run two camps , especially one being down south. Some participants have had long journeys up to the north of Yorkshire. Hard to believe this will be the third year we run camps here at Cornborough - which is still a work in progress!
To bang the same old drum that I know I ve done before - should anyone breed a foal this year , pleae do not wean early! I am amazed that foals are still being weaned at 6 months or less. Foals are NOT physically [ digestive system] ready for a non milk diet , and of course mentally early weaning knocks them for six. Apart from 'practise and custom' the six month wean rule is nonsensical.
The only arguements seem to be
1)that the mare will run off - well she wont if you feed her properly , and 2) some people like foals ready for xmas ?!
Even one extra month makes all the difference , as at 7 months the digestive system can cope without milk. We just found it very easy to leave the foals on the mares till spring , when both parties were ready and willing to seperate. I was reminded of all thi sawhen C and I recently saw a foal. Lat summer s videos of this foal showed a stunning well covered happy chap , with a lovely well muscled frame and lots of presence. Now , weaned early because he was born in June ,his topline was non existant , underside even, no weight on him , and all back vertebra showing. Confidence - gone- it was hard to believe it was the same animal.
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« Reply #2 on: Feb 21st, 2013, 1:38pm »

At least its drier here now than it has been for months. However, its too late for the 2 small paddocks - they are heavily poached! We dislike leaving horses with nothing to eat for many hours, so the boys are only out 9- 2ish , and are more than ready for their ad lib haylage .
Keanu is still progressing well- because of lack of space he is usually done in the indoor area, with his pals Idaho and Polly looking on. They dont interupt things , so its worked quite well. Charlie is now sitting on him briefly . Our next task is to 'lead him off' so he gets used to traffic. The lead horse will probably be Guinness- unflappable at traffic , though he does like to nip other horses! Idaho would be ideal, as Keanu adores her , but she can have a little jink in extreme circumstances. nothing major , but not the ideal example for him to be set. Wills is perfect in traffic, but out hacking can be less than perfect in other ways.....
Charlie is back to weekly competitions - 1 Elem test and 1 medium test. Wills can still get tense, and a local hunt passing the farm has not hepled matters! Still, rosettes are gained , and points at each outing. We are still looking for a youngster with the best dressage breeding, looks and movement. I know most people arent putting their youngsters on the market because they look a little rough at the moment , but somewhere there must be a horse of the right quality?!
Dates etc for the summer camps this year should be going up on the web pages any day now: its only 20 weeks away!
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« Reply #3 on: Mar 4th, 2013, 7:15pm »

Polly , now 28 , had her MOT recently. Vet said ' She is indestructable'. Despite the 2 kicks from many years ago and on seperate occasions , either of which could have made her life unbearable[ because they are on joints and have laid down bone onto the movable parts within the joint - 1 knee, 1 stifle] , she is mobile - even canters occasionally.
Also, her teeth, which by now should be wobbly at least, are solid as a rock!They had a few sharp corners rasped off , that was it. What a pony!
We still havent found a youngster . Talking to our blacksmith - who is looking for the same thing [ though not coloured] very few being bred of the right quality. yet still there are plenty bred of questional breeding and conformation, by the very people who cant take care of them...

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 12th, 2013, 1:48pm »

Finally given up trying to log in and have re-registered as someone else! so its Alex Weston here.

My news is Tilly has moved on to the next stage in her life which I have found quite emotional not least because it happened so quickly. Its been 3 weeks and she hasn't reappeared on the doorstep so fingers crossed. Someone asked for her. A man known to my friend who had seen her several times as he is a farrier and came to do Marian's horse which was then living with me. I took her as she has always been a difficult loader, remember Charlie?!I felt it was all meant to be when she was loaded within 10 mins. I do think the Equitrek is the answer for her. Duke prefers it but Whisper doesn't. Whisper very lonely so I have a little loan pony of 20 years old who had been neglected due to his owner's ill health. The feet had been left to become slippers but already there is improvement. He and Whisper are very happy together,; I think better friends than she and Tilly.

2 years into the Philip Karl course the penny is beginning to drop at last. I continue to enjoy the learning experience and am seeing results in Duke. It does help with the spooking but I am the first to agree that you have to have got to a certain place with your seat and reactions to apply PK lessons . Birgit has also hammered in the German Circle which is really just us all being much more precise - English eggs not allowed. Oh dear.

I am just waiting for a phone call to set up some much needed canter lessons on a school horse to overcome mine and Duke's impasse and looking forward to going with him in Easter holidays for a couple of days R&R in Suffolk.

Whisper remains her cheeky self but noticeably hairy this year. I have given her this bad weather off and shall be annoying her again from Easter!

Looking forward to an Alexander Lesson tomorrow for some much needed Ironing of the old body grin
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« Reply #5 on: Mar 13th, 2013, 10:26am »

Good to hear from you Alex. It s good to hear that Tilly has found a new home - we certainly wish her well.
The 'German circle' - by that do you mean the training scales , or hand-mouth-leg-seat ? I certainly found A T got me deeper into the saddle , and in fact N H did too - galloping up the hills at Sinnington , bareback on Ben. It was so reminiscent of being a kid, having fun. I hope your canter lesson goes well, and that you have a good R&R with Duke - perhaps some beach canters will blow a few cobwebs away!
Charlie trains mainly with Cathy Burrell, a dressage rider trained by Stephen Clarke. Occasionally he has lessons with List1 judges, which helps them know who you are! Interestingly, there are differing ways of solving problems. To keep Will scalm , CB wants Charlie s leg on at all times ,so he gets used to the feel. The latest Judge s lesson , the trainer said some horses never accept the leg, so leave it off! In the end I suppose there s never any 'right' way, and we all muddle through finding the best way for ourselves and horses.
Having easily got keanu up to being leant on , we realised we need not do any more for months. We thought he d be very slow at accepting new things, so began early. But no, he s been 100% with everyhting , so his reward is a few months off and start again in late summer. he sonly rising 3 , so no hurry.
Having had one frozen shoulder operated on last summer , I repeated a small slip and this time put out my right hand to save falling in wet ground - now other arm is trying hard to 'freeze'. Its funny how the horses have picked up on this weakness in me , and leading them in I have noticed various of them[ Wills, Topper , Idaho] are less mannerly and trying to take advantage.
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