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xx Clinic at South Cave
« Thread started on: Apr 24th, 2013, 4:26pm »

Charlie has a clinic at South Cave nr Hull in June. This is a 2 day clinic , with participants coming both days. The dates are Sat 15th and Sun 16th of June.
Details from the organiser Karen Fearns 07789066729
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« Reply #1 on: Apr 24th, 2013, 4:30pm »

Phew! I d not managed to get previous post to display , so nabove announcement quite short, but at least its there!
As above, please ring Karen Fearns if you are interested in joining the clinic at South cave. Only 2 places available.

We have added a yearling to our collection of horses- Ruby [ male despite the name] will make around 15.3 , and is earmarked as Charlies next dressage horse. he moves so lightly, just floats along. He is being nannied by Polly [ not that she likes that task] until he s settled in , been gelded , and has been tamed .
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 29th, 2013, 4:02pm »

A little pdate on Ruby.
vet couldnt perform the castration , as his bits are too small1 At least they are there though, and come September the vet will return.
We re at the very beginning of training with Ruby. he still wears a headcollar, and to catch him he is gently cornered behind or alongside Polly. Then the rope is slipped through the headcollar. He is learning to lead , just following Polly in and out of indoor school morn and night, and learning very well.
Today he was wormed with a superdupa wormer that should kill everything. he behaved very well considering. We ve not had time to simulate the 'apple sauce' way of teaching , he needs worming pronto, so just had to do it. We re even having to poo pick the field as he is probably shedding wormeggs by the bucket full. We ll see what we find in the droppings tomorrow.
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« Reply #3 on: May 1st, 2013, 4:16pm »

Sounds like slow and sure with Ruby - he's got a lot to learn. The joys of an almost unhandled youngster smiley
Another update required - was he heaving with worms - did you find masses of the horrible little things?
At least the ground is firm enough to get them out again, that's good news. Ours went from a boggy mess to concrete in about 3 days swiftly and briefly passing through the ideal condition!
We had the dentist out to treat all 3 last week - and all got a reasonably good report. He did however have to get his battery-powered thing out to flatten some 'ramps' in Milo's teeth and I was dreading the reaction from Milo when this thing started whirring and grinding in his mouth, but he just stood there and didn't move a muscle - what a star! By contrast we had some stuff to pour on Grumpie's coat - that's all it was, just trickling some fluid along her backbone and you'd think we were going to kill her. The reaction, the kicking, the racing around her stable! Such a prima donna!
I hope everyone's enjoying some blue skies and sunshine and doing stuff with their horses - even the Mayblossom is coming out seriously now, it must be spring smiley
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« Reply #4 on: May 5th, 2013, 07:42am »

Yes, it certainly is spring - though without any grass! cattle still need feeding outside, and horses are in at night.
Ruby's worming produced [ that we found] 5 large worms about size and thickness of a rats tail. Nothing else found in the droppings. However, he s turning into quite a character, so obviously feeling a ot better in himself. he s now boss of poor old Polly - which he loves! he still is a wee bit hard to catch, so headcollar is still on him , something we dont really like doing. His coat is definitely improving , and we re very happy with him.[ full sibling to be born next month, and we ve first choice on it!]
Charlie left today at 8 am for tests at Markington. Generally Wills accepts Markington well, as ithe arenas are quiet. C will be back in time to watch red button Badminton all afternoon.
Charlie is working a lot , as everyone s facilities are now useable. Lakes in fileds and arenas have at last gone. Typical asignments are - loading, young horses, new horses that turn out more nervous /bolshy/different to owners expectations. There are also regulars that are having N H lessons slanted towards dressage or other competitions.
At last , after a yr or so, my sciatica when riding is easing , and have had 2 rides where long walks were quite comfortable. Guinness likes this! He is a lazy and fat horse, so though I often trot a lot, still his efforts are minimal! Wills is the opposite, and its hard to believe they live on the same diet regime - ad lib haylage and a bald paddock.
Despite not havin gbeen ridden for months, Idaho was her usual self when I had a short go on her. Charlie tacked up Keanu and led him down our track, the pair of them are bonded, so we thought we d begin Keanus education on walks beside Idaho. Our daughter kathie reurns from N Z this month- and has asked if theres ahorse for her to ride - at 8 stone [ grrr] she ll fit Idaho perfectly.
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« Reply #5 on: May 11th, 2013, 5:46pm »

MAY 19TH CLINIC AT PULLOXHILL
Please note this day clinic is FULL. However, if anyone would like to watch the day [ small fee], or come along and meet us , perhaps to discuss the summer camp in Beds , we d be very pleased to meet you. Charlie is taking the inhand and ridden work , whilst I will give A T one to one.
We had 2 days at Windsor Horse Show. The first day was mainly spent watching the coloured classes. The second day - as well as seeing Her Maj & Camilla - was spent watching 5 cob classes - a real cob overload! My comments on that would be - quality now very high, professional riders dont get beaten, cobs still too fat. On the coloured classes - exactly the same!! Lots of mutterings in stands re the judging - but thats as usual!
Her Maj was watching the Fell and Highland classes, where she had youngsters. We soon knew she was about - paperazzi milling around. Was suprised to see photos similar to the ones I took in papers today - is it really that interesting to see two horsey ladies in rainwear chatting by a ring side? Well, I m no better - I took my piccies and watched for ages! Etiquette- should anyone ever require it, seems to be - dont speak or approach until you have been spoken to, and then drop a small curtsy. Such power would certainly go to my head!
We went to the RWHShow twice in the 90s - with Phillip Pembroke - who was 2nd then 5th - we were overjoyed. Charlie rode Ben there in 2000, where he was 2nd and qualified for RIHS. So good memories - but havent the horsepower to repeat those results.....
Charlie has done 2 competitions recently , 1st,2nd, 2 nd and ? , as he left before class was finished.
Little Ruby still hasnt altered much since we got him. We have ordered some Top Spec to give him all micro nutrients. But he is easier to catch, and we bought him a nice leather headcollar at Windsor!
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« Reply #6 on: May 20th, 2013, 9:35pm »

A wonderful warm, sunny day at the clinic yesterday. Charlie was on top form and gave everyone a great day of tuition and Judith unkinked everyone with her marvellous Alexander teaching. Young horses learning new skills and handlers upping their skill levels and communication make for a good learning environment and everyone did so well.
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« Reply #7 on: May 22nd, 2013, 07:22am »

We did indeed have a perfect day or the clinic.
AS usual, I was indoors most of the time! The theme for my A T lessons seemed to be 'tight hip joints', which various pupils were experiencing [ and for varying reasons] Of course riding makes mobile hip joints a neccessity. The hip joint has 8 muscles wrapped around it , so the potential for stiffness is gret- only 1 muscle need be tight,injured,achy , for the whole joint to tighten 'in sympathy'. Also, a tight hip joint then tightens through the pelvis to the lower back , and in the other direction tightens the front of the thighs and across the knees.
For the final hr I was able to be outside and give a little ridden A T.As it was at the end of the day I think the riders already had their minds full with new information!

Charlie goes to competition today- Wills is improving and strengthening all the time- so intelligent , but of course also so nervy and easily upset. Todays venue is a regular one , so he should stay chilled ....
Our little yearling is already getting quite cheeky. Old Polly isnt much fun as a playmate, but we havent introduced him to any of the others , as we re afraid his matchstick legs will be damaged.
Started Keanu again yesterday , tacked him up and C walked beside him down the lane. I rode beside them on Idaho. Once back indoors C then sat on him a couple of times and I led him forward a few steps. He was completely chilled the whole time.
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« Reply #8 on: May 27th, 2013, 08:09am »

This lovely weather has, I hope, got you all riding . We rode yesterday before 9 am , so minimal traffic.
keanu continues to be agood boy - walked down track , then 'short reined ' back , and now being sat on and led round whole circuits of the indoor school. I am now leading from the side, rathe than the front. He s still chilled- it really helps having his great pl idaho with him at all times. Ijn the school I untack her and she just stands and watches him being worked.
Little Ruby continues to improve too- Charlie can put a halter on him indoors and when coming from the filed. He has afew scratches on his hind legs - from where we ve no idea , though he rags old Polly a little, so perhaps she is having to boot him to leave her alone.
Charlie didnt ge tto the competition, as a family matter came up that day- I m sure Wills didnt mind!The dressage work means Wills's shape continues to alter , as he lays down more muscle down his neck and under the saddle. This may mean a new saddle ...his present one is no longer a good fit, so Charlie rides in his 40 yr old Podajski dressage saddle - a rather hard saddle , as my A T pupils will testify to!
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« Reply #9 on: Jun 5th, 2013, 9:44pm »

The weather is still lovely - so I hope you are all busy riding and enjoying your horses.
Continuing work with Keanu - walked round the 25 acre field today , which is cut for haylage. I rode Idaho as usual , she wanted to eat that grass! Charlie led Keanu round , then rode him in the school. He is now riding without being led , and Keanu is walking forward well. Sometimes he grinds to a halt and gives a tiny lump- usually when he s turned away from where Idaho is!
Idaho has also been riden by our daughter, now back from N Z - she is very petite , so I think Idaho prefers her light weight !
Charlie was again 1st in his Elem section , but 2nd in the Medium last weekend. Charlie was pleased with the Medium though , as Wills is slowly improving all the time. The eklementary was 'worse' as the venue got the timing badly organised , and Wills had to do the Med first, then go straight inti the Elem without a break. His brain did not compute , and he got somewhat tense.
Another few points/one more outing and he is out of Elementary, and will have to do 2 mediums each time. All this test learning - I just coudnt do it!
WE are welcoming 3 ponies for a short while. AS 2 are Shetlands and known laminitics , they will have to be inside sometimes, and out on the barest paddock we have. In fact most of our fields are still bare , with 1'spare' shut up for the cattle to have in a fortnights time. WE have had a good crop of haylage though- it ll be hopefully baled by tomorow evening. Rooks have tried to mess it up by coming en masse to pick at the cowmuck that lay underneath the grass - and spread it over the cut sward. Last year we have seagulls attacking/pecking holes in the bales out in the field , so will get organised to get bales into steading asap.
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« Reply #10 on: Jun 10th, 2013, 07:34am »

Charlie won a Medium test yesterday - the first time with Wills. With a second in the other medium test as well, it looks like Wills will be 'out' of the elementary regional finals, and will have to qualify for the mediums instead. the complicated system for who qualifies for what is beyond me - and for lots of others too, as some popek were eleminated during the regionals because they had more points/results than they thought.
Unusualy I was there to witness the event! boiling hot day , heat kept Wills more manageable I think! everyone comments on his good behaviour, which is very ironic. There were all sorts in the classes I saw [ Elem and medium]- some blinged up fancy stepping warmbloods , a Highland ,an Iberian [ do they all dish badly!?], an Appy stallion [ should have been cut, not quality enough , or talented either] and various warmblood/hunter types.
However, watching dressage isnt a patch on showing.....its very quiet by the time Wills performs as classes are under 10 strong at his level and everyone else has gone home!
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« Reply #11 on: Jun 27th, 2013, 1:23pm »

Have been away for over a week, visiting relatives and friends in Dorset and Oxon. both places have horses, though very different set ups. It occurs to me that no 2 horse owners have the smae routines and management - thaats not to say any 1 way is 'the one' , but that there are a dozens of ways of keeping horses where they are well loved and looked after.
Back here, horses are fat after their time off, and grass growing too well after rain and heat. One cow calved while we were away , but daughter and soninlaw coped well, thye didnt need vet or calving aid!
We have had a new line of post and rail fencing put up, to stop hedge eating- dont horses just love black thorn? My next job now is to creosote the fence. We mix around 40%sump oil to the creosote [ which we now have to provide agricultural holding number for !?] which stops it burning skin, and makes it cheaper .
After being cat less since last Sept , we now have 2 very cute kittens. I ve been feeding various things - favourite so far is the ££s dearer Whiskers - typical!
Our next clinic is the summer camp down in Bedfordshire,in late July, there are still a few places available. Ring/email Liz for further details.
The camp up here will not take place in August.I ll amend the Cinic s page.
I hope everyone has been enjoying this good weather and getting out and about.
Well, the fence wont creosote itself ......
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« Reply #12 on: Jul 4th, 2013, 08:48am »

I am putting out feelers to see if anyone has a suitable horse for a long time N H student of ours. This horse, say 14.2 upwards , would live on riders own land , with company of elderly gelding. Can vouch for this home , lightweight sympathetic rider , horse would have to be 100% quiet . Used mainly for hacking on the Pennine bridleways, so she dosent need a fancy dressage or jumping horse!
If you ve anything suitable , do pm me .
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